We welcome our visitors from Himeji, Japan
August 26, 2019 2:58 PM
Front row (left to right): Hiroshi Yamamoto, Assistant Manager/Office; Kazushi Hamasaki, Assistant Manager/Office; Sister Pacis, Sister Philippa, and Momoko Aoyama, Resident; Middle row: Shogo Toyoshima, Radiologist; Yoshifumi Takahashi, Care Worker; Yoshito Matsuura, Resident; Kenta Imoto, Resident; Kaori Yoshida, Nurse; Tomoko Yasugi, Nurse; Top row: Haruyuki Yanagiuchi, Care Manager; Yoshiki Imagawa, Nurse; and Mikio Hada, Resident.
This annual event began in 2007 and is organized by the Japan Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis to engage their medical professionals in an understanding of the Franciscan spirit, an awareness of American healthcare services, and aspects of American culture. This year, Sisters Philippa and Pacis will lead a team of 12 medical professionals from Himeji.
In 1948, two Hospital Sisters from the American Province who had served at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Jinan, China) arrived in Japan in response to a request for healthcare services. The American Province established a mission in Nagasaki and Himeji and in 1977 the Sisters in Japan established the Japan Province. Presently, the Japan Province sponsors St. Francis Hospital (Nagasaki – 1949), a 208 bed facility with emergency medicine, long term care, hospice, and palliative care; and St. Mary’s Hospital (Himeji – 1950), a 360 bed facility with emergency medicine, acute medicine, perinatal care, and palliative care along with an 80 bed facility for handicapped children. The Province also sponsors Francisco Villa (Tokyo – 1976), a facility for the elderly, and Maria Villa (Himeji – since 1992), a temporary care facility for the elderly. One Korean Sister provide pastoral care in a community hospital in Seoul, South Korea and a Japanese Sister, who can speak Korean, is living with her. As of January 2019, there are 54 Sisters, one novice, and two pre-novices in the Japan Province.