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CJFH Launches New Parking and Apron Facilities
Source: Posted Date:09-04-2017

On August 29, 2017, China-Japan Friendship Hospital (CJFH) held a launching ceremony for the operation of its new parking facility and apron. A medical rescue helicopter, of Beijing Emergency Medical Center (EMC) landed on the parking apron on the ground. Then another, from Beijing Red Cross Emergency Rescue Center (999), landed on the fourth floor of the hospital's newly constructed parking facility. Both helicopters departed after the ceremony, completing a test run of the air rescue base witnessed by hundreds of medical staff, patients and their families.

CJFH's helicopter parking apron is the only one of its kind in urban Beijing, designated for ground rescue operations integrated with air support. Located close to Beisanhuan Donglu (noth-eastern sections of the third ring road), the apron is a 24-hour air platform for medical rescues. Its launch marks CJFH's turning into an air medical rescue base, which provides professional medical care and other services for the national health emergency-related air rescue activities.

The difficulty of finding a parking space for a car has been a community headache for the government as well as individual institutions. The new parking facility of CJFH is the largest one of its kind on ground in the city proper, and the first and largest automatic one for a hospital in Beijing. It will significantly improve convenience and ease for patients coming to access the high-level medical services of CJFH.

Party Secretary Zhou Jun of CJFH presided over the launching ceremony, where President Wang Chen delivered a speech on behalf of the hospital. And many leaders at national, municipal and district levels and of medical institutions were present at the ceremony and made speeches, including Jiao Yahui, Deputy Director-General of Bureau of Administration of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Li Qinghua, Deputy Director of Relief and Health Department of Red Cross Society of China, Gao Jian, Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, and Jiang Li, Party Secretary of Beijing EMC.

President Wang Chen of CJFH expressed his sincere appreciation on behalf of the hospital at the launch ceremony of the new parking and apron facilities to the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), Beijing Municipal Commission of  Health and Family Planning,  relevant agencies of Beijing and Chaoyang District,  Beijing Emergency Medical Center (EMC) and Beijing Red Cross Emergency Rescue Center (999) who have offered their support and assistance.

According to Wang Chen, the total number of parking spaces at CJFH has reached 520 after the establishment of the new parking facility, increasing by 53% compared with that before. The lanes at the exit and entrance increased, too, allowing now two cars in and four out at the same time, instead of only one lane for entrance and two for departure. Thus, CJFH has become one of the hospitals with sufficient parking spaces in Beijing. It took a few months to finish the construction, without bringing much inconvenience to the services of the hospital. Thanks to support from the agencies, no additional investment was required of CJFH coffers. The new parking facility allows ambulance vehicles to access the hospital in a shorter time and helps to solve the parking problems for patients while reducing the traffic congestion around the hospital.

The new air platform for medical rescue was established at the same time with the parking facilities, which is the closest of its kind to downtown Beijing. Owing to its high efficiency, convenience and ease, multi-functions and less space-limited feature, air medical rescue, as an important component in medical care, allows sending patients to the hospitals with better medical services via helicopters in case of major public emergencies and for  patients in critical conditions. Based on the experience of the developed countries, the survival rate of critically ill patients can increase by 25% with the use of a helicopter in air medical rescue. During the air rescue, the air crew is in charge of the flying security while the air medical rescue group is in charge of medical care for the patients and communication with hospitals. The integration of the air crew with the rescue group contributes to higher rescue efficiency.

President Wang Chen mentioned that as an institute of national emergency medical rescue group level and located in a place beyond the no-fly zone in Beijing, CJFH has developed a triune ground-air model based on the hospital’s medical union specialized in respiratory treatment with CJFH as its regional center, Emergency Rescue Center (999) as its allied transport provider and the union hospitals as its transfer network for air medical rescues. Since last August when the network handled its first air medical rescue operation, several patients with respiratory complaints have been transferred between cities. In May, when a patient with respiratory failure was in need of ECMO, a great amount of time was saved in the transfer process for the treatment with the combined use of an airplane and ground ambulances.

In addition to receiving patients transferred by air, it is also expected that CJFH can provide more patients with its high-quality medical resources and effective treatment in time through the cooperation with the 999 Emergency Rescue Center and Beijing EMC (120) on air medical rescue missions. Moreover, the hospital will provide more training for the members of the national emergency medical rescue group and carry out more rescue drills in order to strengthen its air rescue capability.

Wang Chen also pointed out that with the apron facility, there will be more opportunities for the hospital to coordinate with 999, SOS and VISTA on air transfers so that the air emergency system will be more convenient, standardized and internationalized. Based on the advantageous disciplines and the specialized medical union, the air system enables the hospital to receive more critically ill patients and provide them with in time treatment by expanding to cover more than 500 kilometer squares around it.

Jiao Yahui, Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of Administration of the NHFPC extended congratulations on behalf of the NHFPC to CJFH on the launch of its new parking and apron facilities.

Jiao Yahui pointed out that there is a huge demand for emergency medical rescue services in China, and as a leading medical agency in China, CJFH is poised to develop a mature model for such. The operation of the parking facilities is of great help to relieve the traffic pressure around the hospital and ease parking headaches for patients, thus improving their hospitalization experience. Convenient access also represents a specific necessity for better medical services in the reform of public hospitals. Meanwhile, the operation of the new facilities should be deemed the official launch of CJFH’s “Standardized Air Emergency Medical Corridor”, which is a critical progress that the hospital has achieved in its efforts to build an air medical rescue base. It also plays an important role in establishing the coordinated air-ground emergency rescue system, reinforcing the capability of the air medical rescue group, standardizing the facilities and equipment applications. She hopes that under the deployment of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, CJFH can pay more attention to the training of specialized emergency groups, the integration of the air rescue with the ground one and the development of diverse service models, thus ensuring that the hospital and air medical rescue services in Beijing can lead the medical development in the country.

Li Qinghua, Deputy Director of Relief and Health Department of Red Cross Society of China, mentioned in his speech that the Red Cross Society of China is a public relief and aid organization that engages in humanitarian work. It has performed such duties as entrusted by the government departments to safeguard people’s health and life and defend human dignity by proactively establishing rescue systems and carrying out training on public emergency rescue knowledge and skills. At present, the Society has two helicopters, two fixed-wing airplanes and a specialized air medical rescue team. It has provided medical services to major national conferences and activities and fulfilled a number of cross-nationally medical rescue missions.

CJFH for its part, he said, as a large general hospital under the direct leadership of the NHFPC, has adapted itself to the new situation of emergency medical rescue in recent years. It has been cooperating closely with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Rescue Center (999) on air medical rescue and has rich experience. The launch of the apron designated for CJFH marks a new stage of the cooperation. It is expected that the two sides can contribute more to safeguarding people’s life and health through further resource sharing. It is believed that the cooperation between the Red Cross Society and the health and family planning system will facilitate further improvement of the emergency rescue in China so that it can meet the needs for emergency medical rescue in both public incidents and people’s daily life. They will make great contributions to the building of a healthier China.

Gao Jian, Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, said in her speech that the launch ceremony is a milestone in the development history of CJFH. The launch of the new parking and apron facilities marks CJFH’s entering a new stage in terms of medical rescue, especially the emergency medical rescue business. It has solved a bottleneck problem for patients and will win valuable treatment time for critically ill patients. The hospital has integrated the ground rescue with the air rescue and has the treatment capability as a large general hospital so that it will play an important part in the medical care development in Beijing. She expected that CJFH will have more achievements in emergency rescue and disaster relief. She said that her Commission will provide all-round support to the hospital. She also expected that the hospital, 120 and 999 will work together to integrate all air rescue resources in Beijing and even across the country so as to play a leading role.

Zhang Mingjun, Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management (Commission of Transport), mentioned in his speech that CJFH has actively responded to the government’s call and had a new parking facility built with 369 parking spaces so as to solve the imminent parking problem in the center of Beijing for patients with funds from its own and multiple parties. While performing its duty to provide medical services for patients, CJFH also takes its social responsibility to solve the parking problem and sets up a model for other agencies by making better use of available land resources. The construction of its parking facilities helps to solve the parking problems for patients and will play an important role in reducing the traffic congestion around the hospital, which is a publicly good project representing CJFH’s foresight and social responsibility commitment. Zhang also said that the Party Committee and the government of Chaoyang District had paid high attention to the construction of the new facilities. The leaders were concerned with the building process and the relevant departments of Chaoyang District have worked together to provide support before and during the construction. They will cooperate with CJFH closely on detailed parking management so that traffic in the district and other parts of Beijing can be improved and better services can be provided for patients and citizens.

Jiang Li, Party Secretary of Beijing EMC, extended congratulations on behalf of the center to the hospital on the launch of the apron. She pointed out that its launch marks CJFH’s entering a new course of the all-dimensional rescue system building as a nation-level medical agency of emergency medical rescue, which is a significant event in emergency medicine and emergency rescue. CJFH has carried out cooperation with Beijing EMC, which has opened a new chapter for the cooperation between hospitals and emergency rescue agencies. She believes that through their cooperation greater achievements will be made in emergency rescue, emergency medical rescue and the development of emergency systems as well as talents cultivation and research cooperation. They will also work together to safeguard people’s health, city security and national well-being.

Tian Zhenbiao, Vice President of Beijing Red Cross Society Emergency Rescue Center (999), said that air rescue missions are often made in emergency cases, involving the use of a helicopter, ground ambulances, and a hospital equipped with Green Channel facilities. All these are designed to save transfer time by eliminating possible obstacles resulting from traffic congestion and complex landscape. By now, an emergency rescue network is already in place, covering Beijing and Tianjin municipalities and Hebei province. Helicopters will become the main transfer vehicles in ERC 999 and ERC 120. With the apron facility at CJFH put into use, the capability of emergency rescue will improve greatly. The center will carry out more medical cooperation with the hospital so as to provide high-quality air rescue services for patients across the country as well as in the Beijing area.

Many leaders at national, municipal and district levels and executives of corporations were present at the ceremony, including Yang Feng, Deputy Director of Health Emergency Office of NHFPC, Cao Yu, Director of Health Emergency Office of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, Yang Hua, Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning Chaoyang Branch, Zhou Huicong, Director of Social Service Department of Beijing ERC, Zhang Lijun, Associate Inspector of Beijing Red Cross Society, Wang Zhenghua, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Relief Service Center, President Li Libing of Emergency Rescue Center (999), Mu Yi, Commissioner of Parking Management Department of Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, Wu Hong, Director-General of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Land and Resources Chaoyang Branch, Vice Commissioner Wang Tiezhong and Captain Jia Hongbin of Internal Security Bureau of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau,  Wang Jiong, Deputy Director of Beijing Parking Management Center, Zhao Jianzhong, Military Minister of Hepingli Jiedao Subdistrict Office, Chai Zhengxun, Director of Hepingli Jiedao Police Station, Zu Gang, Chief of Transport Section of Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management Chaoyang Branch, Wang Jiawei, Assistant Captain of Dongwai Transport Control Group of Chaoyang Transport Control Branch, Zhang Yi, Managing Director of the International SOS Rescue Center China Division, Du Lanlan, Manager of the rescue network, Vice President Zhao Yun,  Wang Qing of Shanghai Jinhui General Aviation Ltd. Co. North China Division and Vice President Meng Qin of its Beijing Branch, Li Junrui, President of Jiangonghaiya Construction Project Ltd. Co. in Beijing, Fu Qiang, President of Lutongshunjie Parking Management Ltd. Co. in Beijing, Li Tan, President of Jiangonghaiya Construction Project Ltd. Co. in Beijing and Liu Haizhou, President of Shanghai Zhijiu Airport Facilities Ltd. Co. Beijing Branch.

Top executives of CJFH were present at the ceremony, including Vice Presidents Yao Shukun, Gao Haipeng Peng Mingqiang, Ding Jinghong, and Liu Peng, Deputy Party Secretary Li Zhaocheng, Chief Accountant Dong Liyou, and directors and head nurses of clinic medical and technical offices.