Founded in 1881, its predecessor was the church hospital called Haikou Gospel Hospital. It was the first post-doctoral research station in the Hainan health system. As a non-directly-affiliated hospital of the University of South China and Hainan Medical University, the hospital undertakes integrated undergraduate education and recruits master’s and PhD students. It operates the training center for national-level general practitioners in Hainan Province. It has close to 800 interns and nearly 100 postgraduates. In the last 4 years, it undertook 24 national research projects and 83 provincial and ministerial research projects, published 2,281 articles collected by SCI, and edited 13 monographs.

It has 2,700 beds and 4,063 staff, including 721 senior technical staff and 615 staff with PhD and master’s degrees.869

Its Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery is the largest clinical base and research center for hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and splenic organ transplantation in Hainan Province. It has 75 beds and an independent SICU (Surgical Intensive Care Unit) with 9 beds. Its 45-member medical team includes 6 chief surgeons/physicians, 4 associate chief surgeons/physicians, 4 staff with PhDs, 9 with graduate degrees, one PhD advisor, and 2 graduate advisors. Several doctors in the department studied and trained at renowned medical schools in the United States and Canada. The department undertakes one major project supported by National Key Technology Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 3 projects for the National Natural Science Foundation, and more than 10 provincial and ministry-level research projects.870

Li Zhuori, president of the hospital and an expert in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, quickly led the hospital’s liver transplant capabilities to reach an advanced level domestically.871 He has published 60 articles in SCI and other journals, edited 2 hepatobiliary surgery monographs, and coedited 3 monographs. He has trained 19 graduate students and one PhD student.872

In the evening of January 9, 2015, Li performed surgery for Zheng Nansheng, who had been hospitalized the previous day for a massive hemorrhage of the upper digestive tract, hemorrhagic shock, and severe hepatic coma. On April 1, the patient had another massive hemorrhage of the upper digestive tract. On April 22, the hospital formed a 15-member organ transplant team and successfully performed a second liver transplant for the patient under the guidance of an expert from the Zhongshan School of Medicine at Sun Yat-sen University.873