After a month of renovating construction, which started on July 28, the University Health Service Center (UHSC) opened its door again on September 3. The renovation was focused on rearranging the room and improving the interior design. This was the second facility renovation since 1998, when UHSC was expanded to accommodate increasing numbers of students visiting the hospital.
The UHSC has provided medical service for Ewha students since 1945. The earlier services were mostly focused on vaccination and basic medical checkups, but after constantly increasing the number of departments, the UHSC does not look so different from other general hospitals.
With the establishment of a dental clinic room in 1991, UHSC is now consists of a pharmacy, consultation room, health care room, health education room, clinical examination room and X-ray room. The recent renovations were part of the UHSC’s steady effort for further improvement.
As part of the renovation, the center was upgraded with brand new furniture and facilities. “The renovation was to meet the rising number of students visiting the center. For that, we expanded waiting rooms and other rooms which were always crowded with students,” said Kim Joo-young, a staff member at the UHSC.
The center’s effort to meet the needs of students did not end with expanding the waiting rooms. The lighting system in the center was improved and a bed was added in the recovery room. Hand-operated doors were replaced with automatic doors.
Kim said that the automatic doors that were newly installed are for students who have had blood tests and are unable to have full use of their arms. “The recovery room and the dressing room, which in the past were divided by curtains, are now partitioned with thick walls that make students feel secure while changing their cloths,” said Kim.
The interior was designed mostly in white, but colorful flowers and vines now decorate the ceiling with special patterns. The decoration was designed by Professor Choi Kyoung-sil (Design).
“Professor Choi designed the ceiling to make the space feel cozier. I believe this will give students the impression that the center is more than a hospital but a place where they can always visit,” said Kim.
“It seems like I am appreciating a piece of art while waiting for treatment,” said Kim Yoon-young (Business Administration, 2), who visited the hospital right after the renovation.
The renovation was welcomed by students. The students visiting the center have increased after the openning. “The center is inside the school and it became much better than before. I think I will visit here whenever I feel sick,” said Sohn Suk-kyung (English Literature, 4).
“The UHSC exists for Ewha students. If students have a problem with their health within the campus, they can always visit us and receive adequate treatment. I hope more and more students visit the center,” said Kim.
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