Chief physician Yang Guang slowly opened metal-reinforced doors to a hospital room bathed in cold neon light. Inside, a white magnetic resonance imaging device took up most of the room, waiting for new patients who soon will enter its 70-centimeter wide opening.
“That isn’t just any piece of scanning machinery,” explained Dr. Yang. “It’s a latest-generation MRI from Siemens. Next door we also have a latest-generation computer tomography scanner.”
Dr. Yang is balding and distinguished, but he is like a kid in a candy store over the new equipment at the Wuxi Mingci Cardiovascular Disease Hospital.
The 15-story facility in Wuxi, a city of 6 million in eastern China, will be the nation’s most modern hospital for cardiovascular and diabetes diseases. It has a capacity for 450 beds and is designed to handle up to 900 patients daily. When the hospital opens early this year, doctors will perform complicated procedures in a heart center, six operating rooms and four catheter areas.