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Middletown Regional Hospital Welcomed Japanese Physicians from Sister City

Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH) welcomed physicians from Osaki City (formerly named Furukawa City), Middletown's "sister city" in Japan, on Thursday, October 12. This is the second time MRH has hosted a formal international tour of its hospital. In 2000, two Japanese physicians and a hospital administrator from Furukawa City Hospital (now Osaki Citizen Hospital) visited MRH with the goal of forming an international friendship and continuing to share information on medical practices and processes.

"We were pleased to again open our doors to more physicians from our sister city," explains Doug McNeill, president and CEO of MRH. "While the practice of medicine varies around the world, we face many common issues and challenges. We learn a great deal by sharing our experiences."

Visiting physicians from Osaki Citizen Hospital included Michiya Kudo, MD, pediatrician, assistant director of emergency center and chief of pediatric critical clinic and neonatology; Fumihiro Konno, MD, PhD, surgeon, manager of clinical surgical department and chief of surgery and sterility unit; and Osamu Takai, MD, PhD, internist, vice president and chief of infection/rheumatism/collagen disease. The physicians toured Middletown Regional Hospital and MRH Sports & Wellness Center at the Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA in Springboro. Drs. Kudo, Konno and Takai also had the opportunity to tour the new hospital campus, Premier Health Campus - Middletown, currently under construction. The 190-acre campus will open in December of 2007 and includes the 250-bed Atrium Medical Center, as well as eight other buildings, each offering specialized healthcare services, technology and enhanced convenience for the region.