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To address a shortage in medical care for mothers and babies in Tokyo, the Jikei University School of Medicine plans to build a new hospital complex by fiscal 2017 that will specialize in perinatal medicine and pediatrics.

Among the 25 perinatal medical centers that take in emergency patients in Tokyo, only 12 hospitals accept both pregnant women and newborn babies. Jikei Hospital currently accepts newborns transported from other hospitals for emergency care, but not pregnant women.

As the shortage in such hospitals in Tokyo grows, the existing Women’s and Children’s Medical Center at Jikei will move into the new building, while a new pediatric and maternal-fetal intensive care unit will be established.

The new building will stand on a 5,400-sq.-meter plot of land adjacent to the Jikei campus in Minato Ward. The land will be leased under a 50-year contract by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

“We had been thinking about expanding our operation for a while — as the current hospital was getting cramped — and the timing met with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s call for hospitals specializing in those specific fields,” said a spokesman for Jikei’s planning department.

“As we head toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be held along the bay area, which is not so far away from the hospital, we expect more families with small children to move into that area,” he added.

With an expected increase in the number of foreign residents in the same area, the hospital said it will also consider introducing multilingual signs and interpreters.

The vacant land is the former site of Tokyo Metropolitan Minato Technical High School, which closed in 2004.

Construction of the two new buildings, designed by Kume Sekkei Co., is expected to get underway in fiscal 2015.

While the current Women’s and Children’s Medical Center will move into one of the new buildings, the other building will house medical offices for clinicians, a lecture hall that can accommodate 800 people, and space where disaster victims or patients with infectious diseases can receive treatment.