CNUSHA invited the Shenzhen Municipal Public Hospital System to visit University of Miami, Memorial Healthcare System, and Flagler Investment Healthcare in Florida, and Emory University and Pershing Youkley & Associates in Atlanta, GA from December 5 to December 11, 2016.
The Shenzhen Municipal Public Hospital System is comprised of 14 large general acute and specialty hospitals, with 15,000 beds in total. New hospitals and new expansion of existing hospitals are underway with a goal to double capacity in the next 5 years.
The City of Shenzhen, sharing borders with Hongkong, was a city that resulted from China’s economic reform and boom from the 1980s. Its population grew from 30,000 just before the economic takeoff to 18 million today. During the past 35 years, Shenzhen has become the largest electronic manufacturing center of the world, and Huawei, its homegrown telecom giant, has become the top selling telecommunication equipment maker in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America with US$80 billion in annual sales. Shenzhen also houses the headquarters of some of China’s largest insurance companies, Internet companies, medical device companies and technology companies in robotics, drones, and genome sequencing.
Hospitals in the Shenzhen Municipal Public Hospital System serve as main tertiary care providers for 18 million residents in the city and millions more in the surrounding areas. In order to meet the growing demand for high quality heath service, the System embarks on an aggressive growth campaign both in capacity and in improvement of capability and quality of care in its hospitals. One of the strategies to achieve these goals is to partner with international academic medical centers for various programs to train staff, initiate joint research projects, and form affiliation relationships. Discussions are underway with premier medical centers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, and UK.
As an organization specialized in initiating and managing China-US health related partnerships, China US Health Alliance invited Dr. Daping Wang, Director General/CEO of the Shenzhen Municipal Public Hospital Administration (SMPHA), the agency that manages the hospital system, and presidents of the Shenzhen 2nd People’s Hospital, the Shenzhen 3rd People’s Hospital and the Shenzhen Women and Child Healthcare Hospital, with other staff members to visit University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, on December 5, 2016. The purpose of the visit is to seek long term partnership between the two institutions. The Shenzhen delegation met with Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Dean Emeritus of Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Thinh Tran, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of UHealth, Dr. Eduardo De Marchena, Associate Dean and Director of International Medicine Institute, Mr., Michael Kelley Administrator of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and other leaders.
On December 6, the Shenzhen delegation visited Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in Florida, and met with Mr. Aurelio M. Fernandez, President & CEO of the Memorial Healthcare System and Ms. Chantal Leconte, Administrator & CEO of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Both sides shared experiences and challenges of managing large size public hospital systems in their countries.
On the afternoon of December 6, the Shenzhen delegation met with Mr. Didier Choukroun, Founder and CEO of Flagler Investment Healthcare, and other partners. Flagler is a full service medical real estate firm based in Miami, FL. Both sides discussed the possibility of public private partnership in the healthcare sector in China.
On December 8, the Shenzhen delegation met with Mr. Edward Pershing, Founder and CEO of Pershing, Yoakley & Associates, in Atlanta, Georgia. PYA is a top ranking healthcare consulting company based in Knoxville, TN. PYA shared the trend of healthcare reform and challenges faced by hospitals in the US. The delegation also met with Mr. Jay Dennard, COO of Gwinnett Medical Center, and Mr. Steve Burkett, SVP of Erlanger Health System.
On the afternoon of December 8, the Shenzhen delegation visited Emory University, and met with Mr. Dane Peterson, President of Emory Healthcare Hospital Group, Dr. Bryce Gartland, CEO of Emory University Hospital, Mr. Joseph John, Vice President of Operations of the Emory Clinic, and Mr. Donald Brunn, Senior Vice President of Network Development of Emory Healthcare. The delegation toured the Emory University Hospital.