||The Jinshinkai Medical Corporation's Fukuyama Hospital is located in the
Fukuyama Township in Kirishima City, in the far recesses of Kinko Bay.
Looking south, from the hospital's front entrance, one can see the Sakurajima
volcano, majestic in the distance, sending up a plume of ash above a brilliantly
sparkling sea. Behind the hospital are lush green mountains and fields,
with all the blessings nature has to offer. This is truly a beautiful place,
mild in all seasons.
Kanetomo Matsushita, the founder of the Fukuyama Hospital, was an
assistant professor of psychiatry at Nagasaki University and he very nearly
lost his life when the atomic bomb was dropped there. He returned home to
Fukuyama and founded the hospital in 1950, and that was the beginning.
Traveling extensively after the war to see those who were suffering
from mental illness, he could not ignore the tragic neglect of mentally
challenged children and in 1956, adjacent to Fukuyama Hospital, he established
the Fukuyama School for Mentally Frail Children (now The Fukuyama School for
the Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged Children).
At that time, in keeping with children's welfare legislation, the preparation
of a wide variety of welfare facilities had gradually come to be promoted,
but prior to 1955, government policy was inadequate. As physical and mental
impairments overlapped and were compounded, there was a need to prioritize
the accommodation of children who were acutely challenged both mentally
and physically. However, when the families and doctors of children suffering
from both disabilities expressed the wish to have them admitted to existing
facilities, they were rejected and told "it is too difficult to take
in such children." At that time, Kanetomo Matsushita took an active
interest in measures to care for children with severe illnesses and in
1966, in advance of the enactment of legislation for acutely ill children,
he established the Orange School Facility for the Physically and Mentally
Challenged, adjacent to Fukuyama Hospital. This was the sixth such facility
to be established in Japan.
Meanwhile, Kanetomo Matsushita had an equally great interest in painting.
While at Nagasaki University he had studied painting under Zenzaburo Kojima
and when traveling in Japan he sketched using a portable brush-and-ink
case. His interest in art continued and spread to include archaeological
finds as well. When he traveled to Europe, he was impressed to find fine
museums even in rural locations, and in 1983 he founded the Matsushita
In keeping with the times, with the advent of an aging society and an increase
in the number of elderly persons suffering from dementia, beginning with
the Fukuyama Home Day Service Center, we established a ward for the treatment
and care of patients suffering from senility. In this way, here at the
location of the Jinshinkai Fukuyama Hospital, there is also the Fukuyama
School Facility for the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Challenged, the
Orange School Facility for Children and Adults Suffering from Serious Mental
and Physical Illnesses, and the Matsushita Museum. In addition, there are
also the Matsushita Children's Hall and a recreational facility for children.
The hospital, welfare facilities and art museum all blend together nicely
in a configuration that is rarely found in this country.
In keeping with the presence of these facilities, the Fukuyama Township has proclaimed itself"a town that protects children who are severely mentally and physically challenged," and the overall environment in this township is one in which there is an understanding of the need for social welfare. In this context, the Jinshinkai Fukuyama Hospital places an emphasis on psychiatry while also practicing internal medicine and neurology and while maintaining contact with neighboring facilities for the mentally frail and for children who are acutely mentally and physically challenged. We also see a lot of outpatients from among the community's elderly.
this environment, we at the Fukuyama Hospital focus our treatment on the
mentally challenged and the aged. In this distinctive context, we are, of
necessity, required to provide not only physical care but a comprehensive
treatment that includes an attention to the psychological and social as well.
closely coordinated efforts of doctors, nurses and other staff in providing
psychological, social and psychiatric care, also play an important role at the
Fukuyama Hospital. Diagnoses reveal the presence of a truly large number of
organic diseases and mental illnesses that take the form of physical illness.
In addition, we see many patients who need to be admitted and protected from
society. Therefore, we devote particular attention to an understanding of
psychological and social factors.
The number of sick elderly persons, and among these, the number who are
in need of treatment as they approach the end of their lives, increases
annually. As doctors and as persons of faith, we are expected to accommodate
the individual's physical, mental, social, fiscal and religious needs and
to interact with the patient's family as well. Truly, a treatment of the
whole person is required of us. In keeping with these needs and in an effort
to answer them, the Jinshinkai Matsushita Hospital, which is related to
the Fukuyama Hospital and is headed by Dr. Sunao Yoshimuta, has been designated
the educational organ for psychosomatic disorders, and is treating patients
in coordination with the Fukuyama Hospital.