Providing advanced and
leading medical technology of Japan,
with heart-to-heart communication
Construction of the new hospital is the largest project within the redevelopment plan of “Action Plan 21”. Since the opening of our first hospital in 1910, Nippon Medical School Hospital has continuously contributed to the health care of our local community, with the latest medical technology and advanced equipment, together with our highly trained staffs.
However, because the aging of the current hospital building built in 1968 was progressing, enhancement of the hardware side was essential in order to carry on our philosophy of “caring for every patients”. So, we have started the construction of the new hospital. We believe the new hospital will lead us to the future.
・We will increase the area of inpatient’s bed from 39.5㎡ per bed (1156 beds, 46000㎡) to 96.7㎡(estimate) per bed (848beds, 82000㎡), in order to ensure the comfort of patients.
・We will offer sufficient parking space so that there will be less illegal parking. We will ensure the safety of patients and neighborhood community.
・We will provide within the site a broad “Hospital Street”, which will enhance the convenience of users and utilize it as a base of relief efforts at the event of disaster.
・We will incorporate universal designs in the hospital so that it will be a comfortable and user-friendly facility.
The new hospital design will be conscious of lights and greenness, which will provide peace and rest to our users. By enhancing comfort and safety through these concepts, we will build a hospital that will be friendly to everyone. At the same time, we will provide users with latest medical and information technologies.
By 2014, the new hospital will operate part of its new features. We will continue to meet the high expectations from our patients.
①May 2010 to June 2011
Phase 1 relocation and demolition
②June 2011 to April 2014
Early-phase buildings completed
③April 2014 to April 2015
Phase 2 relocation and demolition
④April 2015 to July 2017
Late-phase buildings completed
⑤July 2017 to February 2018
Phase 3 relocation and demolition
⑥February 2018 to June 2019
Corridors and parking lots completed
As described above, we will be rebuilding the new hospital while continuing our current operation. The construction period will be about eight years in total.
|Current Hospital (main building)||New Hospital (estimate)|
|Structure||quake resistant||quake absorbing|
|Floors||two floors underground and eight floors above ground||five floors underground and ten floors above ground|
|Total area||about 30000 ㎡||about 60000 ㎡|
|Area per bed||about 45 ㎡/bed||about 100 ㎡/bed|
|Number of beds||686 beds||594 beds|
|Beds for Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Critical Care Medicine (CCM)||ICU: 17 beds (east building)
CCM: 41 beds (east building)
|S-ICU: 20 beds|
S-HCU: 16 beds
G-ICU: 12 beds
CCU: 12 beds
SCU: 8 beds
CCM: 43 beds
|Neonatal beds||none||NICU: 3 beds|
GCU: 6 beds
|Operationg Rooms||15 rooms (east buiding)||21 rooms|
|Number of connecting accessways||1 (main building)||2|
|Number of eleveators||6 (main building), 6(east buiding)||23 (including parking building)|
|Parking||No parking within the building||177 parking lots|
Above contents are based on information as of July 2013 and are subject to change.
Nippon Medical School is the oldest private medical school in Japan with a history of more than 130 years. In 1896, during the Meiji Era, Nippon Medical School’s founder Tai Hasegawa established ‘Saisei-Gakusha’, a private medical school and a predecessor of Nippon Medical School.
In 1910, Saisei-Gakusha moved to Sendagi distric, where Nippon Medical School resides today, and opened its affiliated hospital in the area. Ever since, we have continued to concentrate on training best medical practitioners and scientists, and contributed to the progress of medicine.
However, because the current buildings of both Nippon Medical School and its affiliated hospital, Nippon Medical School Hospital, have aged with the long history of Japan’s modernization (Nippon Medical School was built in 1971, and the hospital in 1968 except for East building), we decided that the renewal of facilities and the reconstruction of buildings were inevitable to maintain our high standards of medical practice, education, and research.
In 2006, as a Sendagi area redevelopment project, we developed “Nippon Medical School Action Plan 21”. This year was a milestone year for Nippon Medical School because it was our 130th anniversary of foundation.
In order to create new medicine and medical professionals for future, we could not impair our current standards of medical service, student education, and medical research during the demolition of the facilities. To focus on balancing the building of new hospital and the maintenance of high standard of operations, we launched “Action Plan 21 Promotion Committee” in April 2004, and established below five project committees under the promotion committee.
1. Nippon Medical School Redevelopment Project
2. Nippon Medical School Hospital Redevelopment Project
3. Central Laboratory Operation Project
4. Financial Plan Project
5. Hospital Management System Strengthening Project
Through detailed analysis and repeated discussions in these committees, we have decided the basic plan outline of the redevelopment.
Main points of the outline are shown below.
・Rebuilding plan should not affect ongoing operations in medical care, education, and research.
・Prepare an environment with an enhanced medical care sector, and at the same time, where patients can rest assured.
・Utilize the area-zoning system, and clarify functions of medical care, education, and research
・Each area-zone should have enough green space and provide relaxation in order to become a people friendly facility.
・Provide the area with state-of-the-art facilities and enough space.
・Prepare enough parking spaces to reduce the on-street parking and ensure neighborhood safety.
・Opening the doors of new hospital and other facilities to the neighborhood community.
・Enhance the function of Disaster Base Hospital by utilizing our rich experience and history as Advanced Critical Care Hospital.
Our redevelopment plan is based on four basic philosophies: “Patient-centered hospital”, “Training of medical professional for the future”, “Creation of new medicine”, and “Coexistence with our neighborhood community”. Based on the redevelopment plan containing these philosophies, we proceeded with the redevelopment schedule following below order.
1. Opening of Medical Examination Center
2. Construction of Education building and Graduate School building
3. Dismantling of old staff dormitory (Nezu dorm), and construction of new staff dormitory (Casa Azalea)
4. Phase 1 hospital construction
5. Phase 2 hospital construction
6. Phase 3 hospital construction
Currently, we have completed 1~3 of above schedule. By utilizing its cutting-edge PET scanner to detect early stage tumors such as breast cancers, Medical Examination Center has already earned a high reputation. Nippon Medical School’s radiologists and other practitioners and researchers are the main users of this facility applying both for diagnosing diseases and for medical researches. When diseases are found, the center coordinates with the medical departments of Nippon Medical School Hospital.
Equipped with state-of-the art educational system, newly Education building opened in 2007 in order to ensure an ideal learning environment for students. An education of Nippon Medical School puts emphasis on problem-solving abilities, and focuses especially on small-group learning. Thus, the building is formed with multiple-room environment to best accommodate the purpose of our education system.
The Graduate School building also opened in 2007, and the cutting-edge medical research is conducted by 46 fields of research areas from 6 majors in the graduate school. This facility adopts an open-research system, so not only the graduate students and researchers at graduate school, but also the undergraduate students and other researchers at Nippon Medical School can freely use the medical devices and research instruments at the facility, which enables the acceleration of the collaborative process between basic research and clinical settings.
Construction work of the new hospital is the last part of the development plan. Its phase 1 construction started in 2011 and the outpatient buildings will be completed and will be partially operated by 2014.
The Phase 2 and 3 constructions will focus mainly on inpatient wards and other exterior maintenance, and we plan to complete in 2019. The whole redevelopment project is expected to end in 2019.
The Nippon Medical School’s “Action Plan 21” and the Sendagi area redevelopment project is the largest business project since our founding in 1876.
However, we believe that in order to respond to rapid changes in social conditions and medical innovations, it is essential and necessary to go forward with this reform.
Our goal is to create new medicine of new era and contribute to the society through advanced medical practice, education, and research. We will continuously work hard for ideal future, which is to meet the needs of local community with patient-centered medicine.
We ask for your support and cooperation for the realization of the " Ideal Future”
After the Meiji Restoration that took place in the mid 19th century, Japan was moving towards a modern state, and one of the most important issues was to develop Western medicine practitioners.
Under the policy of the country, Tai Hasegawa founded ‘Saisei-Gakusha’ in 1876, a first private medical school in Japan and a predecessor of Nippon Medical School. The main purpose of Saisei-Gakusha was to educate medical practitioners, but Hasegawa had two founding spirits he wanted to pursue. The spirits were ‘Saisei-Kyumin’, meaning ‘to save people widely’, and ‘Kokki-Junko’, meaning ‘to discard oneself to serve for public’. For more than 130 years later, these founding spirits remain as our core philosophy.
After 28 years of activity, Saisei-Gakusha was forced to close down in 1903. However, Saisei-Gakusha had produced more than 9000 medical practitioners and scientists by then. Indeed, more than half of general practitioners of Japan at the time were graduates of Saisei-Gakusha. The role of Saisei-Gakusha in establishing the base of health care in this country was not small. You could say that the original purpose of Saisei-Gakusha, which was to modernize medicine in Japan by developing Western medical practitioners, was accomplished.
Among the 9000 graduates of Saisei-Gakusha were great names in the history of medicine, such as Hideo Noguchi, who was a renowned bacteriologist, and Chuta Oguchi, who discovered Oguchi Disease (congenital stationary night blindness).
In addition, there were more than 130 women doctors who graduated from Saisei-Gakusha. In Meiji Era, it was not common for women to work at all.
At the time when Saisei-Gakusha was forced to close, there were still more than 700 medical students learning at the school. In an effort to save these students, former faculties at Saisei-Gakusha established a new school, “Nihon Igakukou”, which later became Nippon Medical School.
There is no room for doubts that Saisei-Gakusha was the substantial predecessor of Nippon Medical School, in terms of its founding spirit. However, we could say that Nihon Igakukou was the start of Nippon Medical School as an organization.
After several reorganizations, Nihon Igakukou officially became university in 1926, and changed its name to Nippon Medical School. It was the third private medical school to be approved by the government, following Keio University School of Medicine and Tokyo Jikeikai Medical School. This is the reason why these three schools are currently recognized as top three private medical schools in Japan.
Nippon Medical School was born in the turbulent times that followed Taisho, Meiji, and Showa Era. The Russo-Japanese War in 1904, Taisho Democracy, Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and two world wars, all occurred during this period. While being tossed about by the waves of history, Nippon Medical School continued to develop itself.
In 1910, Nihon Igakukou affiliated Komagome Clinic (currently Nippon Medical School Hospital) opened in Sendagi area. Also, in 1924, Iidamachi Clinic opened and operated until it’s closing in 1997. In 1937, Nippon Medical School affiliated Shin Maruko Hospital (currently Musashi Kosugi Hospital) opened in Kawasaki-city. In this manner, Nippon Medical School steadily carried out the development of health care system in the area.
In 1911, one year after a new start as Nippon Medical School, the era changed from Taisho to Showa. The impact of the Great Depression and expansions of wars lead Nippon Medical School to be swallowed up by rough seas of times.
During World War II, field drills and volunteer labor were embedded in the school curriculum. Following the intensification of the war, school staffs responded to the military conscription. Over 100 students engaged in Army and Navy as surgeon students.
During the end of war, Nippon Medical School was forced to evacuate to Tsuruoka-city of Yamagata, and Sukagawa-town of Fukushima due to air bombing in 1945, which eliminated facilities of Nippon Medical School, as well as most of Tokyo.
However, even in such circumstances, our passion for education and research did not fall in decay. Our record tells us that there were seventy-three conference presentations in 1943 by Nippon Medical School.
When the war ended in 1945, recovery began literally from zero. Although the school building was nearly destroyed, with the strong support from students and their family members and graduates, Nippon Medical School gradually regained its function as a medical school.
After the war, an educational system reform was carried out in Japan, in accordance with the renewal of the social system. Nippon Medical School became the School Corporation Nippon Medical School in 1952. It may be said that Nippon Medical School, as an educational institution, became a public institution. Also in the same year, Nippon Medical School merged with Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, which also had a rich history itself. We started the operation of two schools in one corporation.
Sendagi campus in 1930s
Shin Maruko Hospital
Furthermore, in conjunction with the post-war reconstruction and following high growth period of Japan, Nippon Medical School worked hard to fulfill medical system and to equip with medical devices and facilities. In 1977, Tama Nagayama Hospital opened in Tama-city of Tokyo. In 1994, Chiba Hokusoh Hospital opened in Inzai-city of Chiba. By then, Nippon Medical School had established a medical care system that covers the metropolitan area. In addition to our four affiliated hospitals (Nippon Medical School Hospital, Musashi Kosugi Hospital, Tama Nagayama Hospital, and Chiba Hokusoh Hospital), Respiratory Care Clinic in Ichigaya, Renal Clinic in Komagome, and Narita International Airport Clinic in Narita were organized.
Nippon Medical School also operates Nippon Medical School Nursing School for educating nursery students. As a research institute, we established The Institute of Development and Aging Science in 1954, as well as The Research Institute of Vaccine Therapy and Tumors and Infectious Disease since 1964. In recent years, in addition to our founding spirit of “Kokki-Junko”, a new policy to “foster medical scientists and physicians with a love for the patients and the spirit of research” was stated. In 2014, we will share curriculums between Nippon Medical School and Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in order to enhance our education system.
In 2006, our 130th anniversary year of foundation, we formulated “Action Plan 21”. This plan is intended to create new medicine and medical practitioners of future by reconstructing the school and the hospital in the Sendagi area.
Nippon Medical School has continued to progress with the development history of the modernization of Japan. Action Plan 21 is our first step for the future. We will continuously keep growing with the future of this country, as we have done so in the past.