The Hsinchu County Government gave initial approval yesterday to an application by the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a 500-bed hospital at the Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park, a county official said.
Construction of the new hospital is scheduled to begin in November, said Yin Dong-cheng (殷東成), acting director of the county’s Health Bureau.
A resolution reached at an April 22 meeting convened by the National Science Council (NSC) said that a planned medical center for clinical research at the park had been categorized as a national-level medical center that would not be affiliated with any medical universities and will be planned by the central government, pooling the medical resources of various local governments, Yin said.
The NSC suggested during the meeting that the DOH be tasked with the planning of the medical center, Yin said.
The center will be named National Hsinchu Hospital.
The hospital will have 475 conventional patient care beds and 25 beds for patients with acute mental disorders, Yin said.
After the hospital becomes operational in 2015, it will apply to add a total of 200 specialized beds, including 20 intensive care beds, four burn care beds, 36 infant intensive care beds, 15 infant beds, 28 emergency observation beds, 20 dialysis beds, 10 respiratory care beds and 22 operation recovery beds, Yin said.
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