Februaury 2008

Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand

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‘Bumrungrad’ is a Thai word pronounced as ‘Bahm-roong-RAHT’ – meaning ‘care for the people’.

The Bumrungrad facility is run and managed by an American-led international management team . It has more than 2,900 employees on board, with 900 physicians and dentists (most of them having international training/certification) and over 800 nurses and paramedics.

Bumrungrad International is a globally recognised and accredited, multi-speciality hospital located in the heart of Bangkok. Founded in 1980, Bumrungrad is the largest private hospital in South-East Asia, with 554 beds and over 30 speciality centers. The hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities, working as a holistic one-stop medical centre.

Bumrungrad serves over a million patients annually, of which over 400,000 are international patients. They  include thousands of expatriates who live in Bangkok and other neighbouring countries, and visitors from more than 190 countries across the world who come here for treatments. In order to cater to the special needs of international patients, the hospital has set up a medical coordination office, staffed by doctors, nurses and interpreters.

Accreditations
Bumrungrad has many firsts to its accreditation credits. It was the first hospital in Asia to be accredited by the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI) in February 2002 and re-accredited in April 2005. It was also the first private hospital in Thailand to be awarded Hospital Accreditation based on US and Canadian Standard, and the first hospital in Thailand to be re-accredited. In addition, it has an internationally certified laboratory and also the first one to be re-accredited outside the U.S.

Technological Infrastructure
The Red Cross gives Bumrungrad its top classification of “A” � defined as “a tertiary care centre which should be able to provide quality care in all medical specialities including invasive cardiology, cardiac and neurosurgery.”

The hospital features a 24-hour Emergency Room; 19 operating theatres; 4 types of intensive care units (adult, paediatric, cardiac and a Level III neo-natal ICU); and a rehabilitation centre.

Surgical facilities include 2 cardiac catheterisation labs, 19 operating theatres (two specifically set up for cardiac surgery), a surgical navigation system; plus endoscopy, arthroscopy, lithotripsy and interventional radiology capabilities.

Other special capabilities include – complete diagnostic imaging; MRI; CT; 64 slices multi detector CT scanning; PACS digital imaging management; Image�Guided Radiation Therapy ( IGRT ) using Synergy � S system; Philips Linear accelerator dual energy photon ( 6&18 MV ) and a range of electron beams from 4-20 MeV; Big Bore CT Simulator � 16 slices; Simulator topometric devices for pre-radiation preparation of patients to ensure accuracy; 3-D computer planning system with direct connection to BI’s CT & MRI imaging systems; State-of-the-art Pinnacle treatment planning; 3D conformal brachytherapy treatment planning; Ultrasound guided � Brachytherapy ( IGBT ); Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT); High-dose rate (HRD) brachytherapy and Custom block fabrication.

International Services
The hospital has international representative offices in Australia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Seychelles, Sweden, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

The international patient services centre of the hospital provides special assistance such as – interpreters, insurance coordination, referral centre, e-mail correspondence, hotels, visa extensions, airport reception, embassy assistance, VIP airport transfer and local travel.

Bumrungrad International is a complete medical campus having its own medical heliport, over 140 outpatient clinic rooms grouped into 30+ speciality centers and 125 hotel rooms and serviced apartments, housed in two campus buildings for families and recovering patients.

Adhering to high quality customer service and best practices, service representatives at Bumrungrad are highly multilingual, speaking languages like English, Thai, Arabic, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

The world-class Plastic Surgery Centre at Bumrungrad International also deserves a special mention. It attracts a large number of patients from Thailand and abroad due its excellent reputation for procedures such as cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, skin treatment and hair transplantation.

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