Nation's largest single-building hospital to be built in Zhejiang

09:29, February 23, 2010      

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China's largest single-building hospital, to be equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including a helicopter pad, will be another example of the luxurious life in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, in 2011.

The exterior construction of the First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College began in 2007 and was completed last July. The interior construction is underway.

The project, designed by a German company, costing 2.3 billion yuan ($336.93 million), covers a land area of more than 333,000 sq m.

Wenzhou makes half the world's inexpensive shoes, nearly all of its plastic leather, bra parts and zippers, and numerous other essential parts of everyday items. Wenzhou's citizens are famous for their hard-working business minds as well as their luxuries. Sales of Audis, BMWs and even Maseratis, Porsches and Bentleys are brisk in Wenzhou, as are the sales of vanity licence plates for high prices.

Located in the Sanyang Wetland, which is outside of the city, the hospital looks like the shape of a hand. The 15-meter wide main corridor connects the medical departments and the outpatients department with 18 escalators, while the 8 m wide sub-corridor leads patients from medical departments to the wards.

The total area of the outpatient department is about 40,000 sq m with a 2,000 sq m hall. Some 1,000 staff parking places are in the basement with 1,500 public parking spaces on the ground.

The emergency center, located at the north of the building with an area of 11,000 sq m, has a separate entrance and exit, as well as a helicopter pad.

"We're keen to provide people-oriented services at the new site and handle a wide variety of needs in a single building," said Bao Minmin, an official at the hospital. About 2,000 beds are planned to meet the growing demands in the city.

The hospital is equipped with all the facilities needed in daily life, such as banks, a post office, bookstore, gift shop, caf, restaurants, supermarket and entertainment facilities.

"There is also a pedestrian area at the back of the ground floor to create a comfortable atmosphere for the patients and their relatives," Bao said.

But a local trade company manager surnamed Wang has doubts about the wisdom of the gigantic scale of the hospital.

"I would think it would be inconvenient to get medical services in such a huge hospital. There would be much traveling between the various clinical rooms, wards, labs and pharmacies," he told China Daily yesterday.

Source: China Daily
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