Oulu University Hospital
Oulu University Hospital (OYS) is the northernmost of five university central hospitals in Finland. Oulu university hospital delivers specialized health care to the Northern Ostrobothnia and provides highly specialized medical services to the entire northern Finland. All medical specialties are represented in OYS.
The hospital utilizes the latest international knowledge and equipment in all specialized branches of medicine. Its’ various departments, and wards employ a total staff of more than 4,500 highly trained professionals, including world-class surgeons and experts. The hospital has the capacity to handle the most demanding emergencies and the Intensive Care Unit is one the best in Europe. Special emphasis is placed on personal treatment for each patient.
Oulu University Hospital is also used for teaching purposes by the Faculty of Medicine, the professors acting as senior physicians in their specialized clinical fields. The hospital has close co-operation with the adjacent Medipolis centre, a concentration of medical and biotechnical companies, and the Kastelli Research Centre. Other units on the same premises are the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction and the Population and Family Welfare Federation's Fertility Clinic. In addition to the Oulu University Hospital, the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District also owns and operates two other units: Oulaskangas Hospital and Visala Hospital.
Research is carried out in the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District extensively across many disciplines and in certain disciplines we aim at international top level. Research activities also produce direct and indirect health benefits, which can contribute to reduction of overall healthcare costs.
Research helps to maintain and increase the professionalism and competence of the health practiotioners so that they can act as experts and leaders in their respective areas of the organisation. Research will also createnew knowledge and offers a possibility to review thecustomary health care practices and to enable introduction of new diagnostic or therapeutic methods. In addition, research facilitates emergence of health care innovations and inventions and has a positive contribution to attraction and retention of special experts at the University Hospital.