Greetings Director Hiroshi Kawai, M.D. Ina Central Hospital began to provide medical services on April 1, 2003 in a new building situated on a river terrace of the Tenryu River and surrounded by farmland. Three municipalities (Ina City, Minowa Town, and Minami-Minowa Village) run the hospital. Driven by the needs of the communities, the hospital in particular provides acute-care to hospitalized patients, and 24-hour emergency services. Twenty clinical disciplines offer high quality compassionate services to patients through a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities. Outpatient services, hemodialysis and health checkups are also provided. Patients who need cardiac surgery or psychiatric treatment are transferred to affiliated hospitals because no full-time doctors deal with these practices. The hospital has a total of 394 beds including 81 in single rooms, 4 in the intensive care unit and 4 isolated for infectious diseases. Every room has a splendid view of the Ina Valley and high mountains. Nurses are posted in the rate of one nurse to seven inpatients. Emergency medicine section is staffed with more than 6 full-time doctors and 7 full-time nurses, and run in collaboration with other doctors of various disciplines, co-medical staff and local doctors in private practice. Having a structure to withstand earthquakes, the hospital serves as a core hospital of disaster relief. A comprehensive computer network backs up medical services. Community Medicine Section, Medical Welfare Section, Medical Information Section, Medical Safety Section and Cancer Treatment Support Center help to increase the quality and efficiency of medical services. The hospital has a parking lot of 1,000 cars for visitors and staff members. A heliport on the campus serves for emergency transport. Since the current medical system requires that community hospitals and clinics cooperate with each other to complete medical care in the community, Ina Central Hospital primarily provides secondary acute care and secondary emergency care. Therefore, we recommend you to see your family doctor before you come to the hospital. Our mission is to provide high quality compassionate medical services. Respecting for human rights, we make every effort to obtain the informed consent to medical practice. Individual medical records will be open to the patient on request, and we will answer your questions and give you necessary information. Your frank suggestions to improve the quality of the hospital will be highly appreciated.