BOSTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Partners HealthCare International® (PHI), the global arm of Partners HealthCare, formally announced a collaborative partnership with Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital Ltd. (SJIH), to expand an ongoing consulting relationship that began in 2011. SJIH will be a new and innovative model of health care in China that is centered on family, community, and a stronger connection between the patient and the caregiver. With the development of SJIH, both organizations aim to define a new standard in high quality health care as yet unrealized in China, making the future of health care a reality today for its citizens.
"This partnership demonstrates what is possible when organizations come together to meet a common goal. PHI’s mission is to effect transformative, sustainable improvements in health care for people worldwide. The people of China are global consumers and they are seeking the best health care available. They want quality, they want services, and they want the best physicians – Jiahui International Hospital will establish a new standard of care. Our combined efforts will make exceptional health care both accessible and attainable," said Partners HealthCare International CEO and President, Gilbert Mudge, M.D.
The China health care market has faced many challenges, including overcrowded hospitals, an underdeveloped primary health care system, and a shortage of trained physicians and other clinical staff, all of which has led to growing dissatisfaction among consumers. In 2010 China began the transition from a predominantly government-run public health care system to one that is now decentralized and open to private and foreign investment, thus setting the stage for a private, international hospital like SJIH. Centrally located in the Xuhui District of Shanghai, Jiahui International Hospital is a 100 percent privately, foreign-majority owned tertiary level hospital based on international standards.
"We want to improve health care in China by creating a high-quality alternative health care system," said Feng Ge, SJIH. "Most people in China have only experienced public hospitals. No other health care experience in China can compare to Jiahui International Hospital." According to Ge, Chinese culture is at the root of work being done at Jiahui. "We are developing an ‘ecosystem’ with the patient at its core. It is a very simple but powerful principle." From design to operation, Jiahui aims to employ the best practices to become an internationally recognized leading medical institution in China, providing high-quality, patient-centric, and integrated healthcare services, as well as professional training and clinical research.
To achieve their vision, SJIH’s team of expert healthcare professionals established a multi-year partnership with Partners HealthCare International. PHI’s founding members, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are the two largest Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals, and are consistently ranked in the top 10 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Hospitals. In its work with SJIH, PHI leverages the vast knowledge available throughout the Partners HealthCare network which includes unmatched capabilities in oncology, neurosurgery, cardiovascular disease, cutting-edge radiation therapy, women’s health, and orthopedics. Initial work with the team has focused on hospital planning, innovative models of care delivery, and recruitment and staffing models that will support attracting top clinicians.
On October 21st, SJIH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MGH, under which the MGH Cancer Center (MGHCC) will collaborate with SJIH to co-develop a center of excellence in breast cancer. The program will adopt MGHCC’s patient-focused multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of Chinese breast cancer patients and their families. The SJIH team is also exploring additional potential clinical affiliations with Partners-member hospitals.
To learn more about SJIH, read this article from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminshobert/2014/10/22/how-chinas-sea-turtles-are-going-to-improve-the-countrys-healthcare-economy/
About Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital (SJIH)
Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital is a foreign-majority-owned for-profit general hospital being developed in Shanghai. It was approved by China’s Ministry of Health ("MOH") and Shanghai Municipal Government in April 2011 and has China’s first international general hospital license granted by the MOH. The hospital is conveniently located within the city center of Shanghai in Xuhui District with approved tertiary care capacity of 500 licensed beds.
About Partners HealthCare International
Partners HealthCare International (PHI) is the global arm of Partners HealthCare, one of the leading not-for-profit health care systems in the U.S. Founded in 1997, PHI is dedicated to advancing the Partners HealthCare mission worldwide through collaborations and partnerships designed to expand a global client’s capacity to deliver high quality health care. Partners was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, the two oldest and largest teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School, and includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners’ five top-ranked hospitals comprise part of the health care system, and all are recognized by the 2014 – 2015 U.S. News and World Report. To learn more about PHI and how we are extending the capabilities of healthcare systems in China, India, Japan, the Middle East, as well as our commitment to international markets beyond, please visit www.partners.org/international.
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