Hospital recruits for cancer centre

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 September, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital needs a variety of health-care and IT professionals as it expands

HONG KONG Adventist Hospital is recruiting a variety of health-care and information technology professionals to meet increasing demands.

The renowned not-for-profit hospital, founded in the late 1960s by Harry Miller and two church missionaries, is also expanding with a revolutionary new cancer treatment centre.

Due to open late this month, the CyberKnife Centre will be the most advanced radiosurgery system in use today, and the Adventist Hospital will be the first in Hong Kong to adopt the technology.

This remarkable cutting-edge system offers new hope to patients with cancers that were previously considered inoperable or untreatable - such as tumours in the brain and spine.

The world's first and only intelligent robotic radiosurgery system is completely painless, requiring neither scalpels nor anaesthesia, and has already benefited more than 20,000 patients worldwide.

'It is a major breakthrough in cancer treatment being adopted by leading medical centres around the world, and we are the first to offer it,' said Maria Lee, the hospital's vice-president for administration.

The centre will be run by senior physician Anthony Ho from the Stanford School of Medicine in California, where the revolutionary technology was developed by neurosurgery pioneer John Adler.

Anticipating strong demand for the treatment both from Hong Kong and the region, the hospital is seeking doctors with a range of specialities, nurses and health-care assistants with experience in radiology, and a patient service representative to staff the unit.

Trilingual staff with fluent English, Cantonese and Putonghua are preferred as the hospital serves a largely expatriate community with a small but growing number of patients visiting from the mainland.

Recruits will be sent to the United States to learn about the CyberKnife system.

'We are looking for people seeking a new challenge in a new medical field,' Ms Lee said.

Attractions include the prestige of working in a cutting-edge 'five-star' hospital with attractive salaries and permanent or temporary posts.

As a result of hospital expansion, including a merger with Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital under a new umbrella brand called Adventist Health, recruitment is also under way for the development of a comprehensive new IT system.

The platform is being designed to embrace detailed medical records of patients, instant costings, and pharmaceutical dispensary.

'We need programmers to help develop and run the system,' Ms Lee said.

Another top post for a high-calibre biomedical engineer to take care of the hospital's medical equipment worth billions of dollars, may have to be filled from abroad. Local graduates in the field are only just emerging from universities.

An assistant manager for patient medical records is also needed. Applicants must have a degree in health information management.

An in-house lawyer and a materials manager with a degree in logistics, supply chain management or operational management and at least eight years of experience in a multicultural company are also required.

With a staff of 476, Adventist Health - as the brand is now known - was founded in Hong Kong by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is also part of Adventist Healthcare Worldwide, with 160 hospitals around the world.

Apart from the bread-and-butter of private hospitals, which is delivering babies, the hospital is renowned for its state-of-the-art Hong Kong Heart Centre, as well as a unique Stone Centre for kidney stone treatment and prevention.

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Hong Kong Adventist Hospital is recruiting health-care and IT professionals as private hospitals boom

Renowned not-for-profit hospital also expanding with revolutionary new centre for cancer treatment

CyberKnife Centre uses world's most advanced radiosurgery system and Adventist is the first in Hong Kong to adopt it

Vacancies are for doctors with a range of specialities, nurses and health-care assistants with experience in radiology, and a patient service representative

Programmers to develop a comprehensive new IT system are also being recruited