The start of Chung-Ang University Hospital dates back to June 10 1968 when professors at the Catholic University College of Medicine resolved to establish an institute where they could examine patients and conduct medical researches under their own belief. It was led to the birth of the Korea Medical Science Institute with the consecutive opening of the affiliated hospital, Sungsim Hospital(14 departments and 200 care beds) at 82-1, Pil-dong 2, Chung-gu, Seoul, which was the foundation of Chung-Ang University Hospital.
The application for establishing Chung-Ang University College of Medicine was approved by Ministry of Education in Dec. 1970, and the next year, Sungsim Hospital affiliated to the Korea Medical Science Institute changed its name to Sungsim Hospital affiliated to Chung-Ang University College of Medicine and initiated its medical service.
Chung-Ang University Hospital built its new building on Sept. 4, 1976 with 350 care beds in it to take care of shortage of care beds. The Center continued to strive to develop itself by attracting remarkable professors and outstanding students and securing state-of-the-art equipments and facilities, opening CT room in 1981 and establishing Medical Examination Center in 1993. Such efforts, however, were not enough to meet the rapidly growing medical demands. Consequently, it was fiercely discussed to build the 2nd affiliated hospital and finally, the Center won the bidding to lease the Cheoldo Hospital (Seoul National Hospital) on July 1, 1984 and opened it with the new name of Yongsan Hospital affiliated to the Educational Foundation Chung-Ang University.
Chung-Ang University Hospital has opened a new chapter in the history of Korean medical service development by starting the operation of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (1987) for the first time in Korea, succeeding in pelviscopic surgery first among domestic colleges (1989), conducting laser laparoscopic cholecystectomy first in Korea (1990), and exceeding 4000 laparoscopic surgery cases conducted at obstetrics and gynecology in 1999, which is the highest number of surgery cases carried out as a single institute in Korea.
Under the precept of Trusted Hospital, Studying Hospital, Hospital like Home in June 1994 and the slogan of True medical service, True love which was chosen after gathering ideas from ordinary people and hospital staff in Nov. 2005, the Center has done its best to differentiate itself and enhance competitiveness in a bid to approach closer to patients. As a result, it was selected as the best medical institute at the Medical Institutes Evaluation done by Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs.