Kim’s Eye Hospital opens polyclinic in Vietnam

Lee Han-soo  Published 2019.04.15  17:42  Updated 2019.04.15 17:42


Kim’s Eye Hospital said Monday that it has opened Kim's Eye & Dasom Polyclinic in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday to help develop the medical field in Vietnam.

Kim's Eye & Dasom Polyclinic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Kim's Eye Hospital, the largest ophthalmological hospital in Korea, said it opened the polyclinic to transfer Korea's advanced medical technology and help the Southeast Asian country’s development of medical culture and system.

The polyclinic will be in charge of expanding training opportunities for Vietnamese doctors' at Kim's Eye Hospital, establish cooperation with local hospitals, localize the education program of Kim's Eye Hospital, establish advanced treatment system, and help vulnerable ophthalmology sub-fields in Vietnam.

As part of its goal, the hospital plans to train doctors from the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) in Korea, while working on a training program in Vietnam. The hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with VNIO in 2015.

Kim's Eye Hospital has also established “diagnostic imaging for ophthalmology,” a system that allows local doctors to send image data of diseases difficult to diagnose to the Korean hospital and receive help from professionals there.

Kim Sung-joo, who served as the director of Kim’s Eye Hospital from 2006 to 2009, will run the polyclinic, which will provide services in four departments -- ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and general surgery. The clinic is open to both locals and foreigners living in Vietnam.

“Since Korean patients can receive high-quality medical services, we decided to set up the first branch of Kim’s Eye Hospital in a country where we can maximize our contribution,” Kim said. “The goal is to open up at least three hospitals within 10 years and cultivate excellent doctors based on close ties with Vietnam's medical sector.”

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