Jinan, the capital city of Shandong province, has been nurtured by natural springs since ancient times. On this fertile land with a splendid history, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University (QLH) has achieved great accomplishments over 130 years of glorious development, during which its vigorous and profound culture has been passed down from generation to generation. The spirit of healing the people and pursuing the truth of science germinated here and has remained unshaken ever since. For 130 years, QLH has stayed true to its original aspiration, and dedicated to curing the sick and rescuing the dying, fulfilling its commitment to medical ethics and professional excellence.
QLH is a hospital directly affiliated to Shandong University, a key national university under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and under the administration of the National Health Commission (NHC), China. Founded in 1890, the hospital was successively called Sino-American Hospital, Union Hospital, Cheeloo Hospital, and Affiliated Hospital of Shandong Medical University. In October 2000, it was renamed Qilu Hospital of Shandong University. In recent years, taking Shandong province as the foothold, QLH has been aiming to become a high-level research-oriented hospital that is first-class in China and renowned in the world. Based in Jinan and Qingdao, the hospital has formed a development pattern of “three campuses in two cities” with a total of 5,000 beds and nearly 10,000 employees.
QLH is responsible for constructing one of the first regional medical centers built jointly by the NHC and provincial government at the national level. It also conducts the task of Intensive Care Medicine part in the national program of Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Difficult and Complicated Diseases. Now QLH has 68 clinical and supportive departments, of which six (Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Haematology, and Clinical Laboratory) ranked among the top 10 in China’s Medical Specialties Ranking 2019; nine others (Gastroenterology, Pathology, Otolaryngology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Ultrasound Medicine, and Health Management) were nominated.
The Clinical Research Center of Shandong University built by QLH focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of serious diseases. It facilitates the promotion of clinical disciplines through synergetic innovation in clinical research, incubation of key projects, and transformation of research achievements. The strengths of Shandong University as a comprehensive university are fully utilized to enhance interdisciplinary integration between medicine and other disciplines including engineering, science, social science and liberal arts. The planned 10,000 m2 clinical research center (on the International Medical Center campus) will be built into an ideal platform for clinical research transformation with Qilu Medicine’s typical characteristics.
Since its beginning, QLH has been pursuing excellence and innovation by fully using the advantages of outstanding talents, significant technical impact in the region, and a strong brand effect at home and abroad. The hospital has continuously made contributions to the development of medicine in China as well as the health and welfare of the Chinese people.