This hospital was formerly the Willis F. Pierce Memorial Hospital. It has 2,200 beds and more than 400 staff members with senior (chief and deputy chief) professional titles. Over 65% of the staff holds master’s or doctoral degrees. Its number of allogeneic heart transplants performed leads the nation. Its pediatric heart transplantation and heart re-transplantation fill a gap in this field in China. Its technology in liver transplantation heart re-transplantation and bilateral lung transplantation lead the nation.188
Since its Heart Surgery Department conducted the first orthotopic heart transplant in Fujian Province in 1995, it has successfully performed heart transplants for patients with advanced heart disease from more than 30 cities and regions of China. Its specialty ranks among the best in allogeneic heart transplantation, holds 16 “first in the country” titles, and serves as the base for heart transplantation in China.
It helped more than 40 large hospitals in large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing, Wuhan, etc. to do heart transplantation; and at the same time, helped hospitals in local cities of Fujian Province such as Xiamen, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, Jianou, Butian, Longyan etc. to start their own heart transplantation operation. Its Union Hospital Heart Transplant Manual has become one of the most important guides in the field of heart transplantation in China.189
The hospital has recently made breakthroughs in immunosuppressive treatments and post-operative management. All of its transplant recipients are able to walk within 1 to 2 days after surgery. They leave the isolation ward after 2 weeks, and are discharged within 2 to 3 weeks, fully recovered.
The hospital currently has 120 doctors and nurses, 5 chief surgeons/professors, 5 deputy chief surgeons/associate professors, 13 staff members with doctoral degrees, 6 with master’s degrees, 6 Cross-Century Talents, 2 doctoral advisors, and 6 master’s advisors.