Boston-based Partners HealthCare International® (PHI) recently announced a new partnership with Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital Ltd. (SJIH) in a joint-venture to build a cutting edge tertiary level healthcare center in China. The two companies began with a fruitful consulting relationship in 2011. The new collaboration will merge SJIH’s family- and community-centered model of health care with PHI’s commitment to co-developing custom solutions to effect sustainable change and improve standards of care, from which Chinese citizens have much to benefit from.
“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,” Gilbert Mudge, M.D., Partners HealthCare International CEO and President said in a press release. “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.”
Some of the major challenges healthcare in China faces include overcrowding of hospitals, an inadequate primary health care system, and lack of properly trained doctors and allied health professionals. Healthcare consumers in the country have been increasingly dissatisfied. Fortunately, in 2010, China opened its doors to private and foreign investments aimed towards addressing public health needs of the country. Jiahui International Hospital in Shanghai, is an example of a privately-owned, foreign-majority owned tertiary hospital that is empowered to offer top tier healthcare that conforms to international standards.
In order to accomplish SJIH’s goals, resources and capabilities of PHI’s founding institutions and two of the largest Harvard Medical School affiliates, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), will be made available. PHI’s network of world class resources on oncology, neurosurgery, cardiovascular disease, state-of-the-art radiation therapy, women’s health, and orthopedics will help leverage SJIH’s ongoing hospital planning along with new models of care delivery, and strategies for top quality recruitment and staffing.
Feng Ge of SJIH said the calibre of care at Jiahui International Hospital is somewhat unheard of in China, as majority of its citizens only ever have access to government-run public hospitals. What SJIH’s partnership with PHI will accomplish is the creation of a new “ecosystem” that puts patient-centered care first. They are confident they can translate their efforts into continuously advancing healthcare services, training, and research.