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Loma Linda, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital  celebrate partnerishp’s anniversary
Adventist health care brings benefits to China’s people

BY JAMES PONDER, publications editor, Office of University Relations, Loma Linda University

he fifteenth anniversary of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) recently united Chinese government officials and health care leaders, and a group of global health experts to celebrate the hospital’s past accomplishments, including its unique international partnership with Loma Linda University (LLU). The festivities were held in Hangzhou, China, in April.

PLANNING FORUM: Daniel Giang, MD, vice president for medical administration at Loma Linda University Medical Center (second from left), addresses delegates to the strategic planning forum at the 15th anniversary of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH), in Hangzhou, China. In his remarks, Dr. Giang praised the cooperation between LLU and SRRSH in crafting “a new paradigm of health care in China.” [Photos courtesy Loma Linda University]
During a strategic planning forum convened to outline plans for meeting the future health care needs of China’s burgeoning urban populations, health leaders from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, and the United States heard LLU extolled for its pioneering role in helping SRRSH develop from a brand new facility with a young staff—characterized by openness to Western health care ideas and methods of delivery—into one of the premier hospitals of Asia in just 15 years. It was, as many of the speakers pointed out, nothing less than remarkable.

“With the 15-year development of our hospital, we continue to grow and mature,” He Chao, M.D., SSRSH president, noted. “We have a Chinese saying: ‘When you drink water, think of its source.’ I think our hospital’s achievements could not have happened without the support of Loma Linda University. Here, I want to express my appreciation.”

For his part, Daniel Giang, MD, LLU Medical Center vice president for medical administration, attributed the success SRRSH has enjoyed to its focus on “caring for patients as individuals with respect and honor.” Dr. Giang called the hospital “a model for a new paradigm of health care in China.”

The story of how LLU became involved with SRRSH is a fascinating tale of a Hong Kong philanthropist’s appreciation for Adventist health care and his relentless determination to establish a first-class hospital in his native land. 

CONSTRUCTION SITE: He Chao, MD (right), president of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, discusses construction plans with a construction official at the site of the new 1,200-bed Xiasha Hospital in Hangzhou, China. Carolyn Thompson, RN, (left), a Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Councilor, and Jan Zumwalt, RN, MS, MBA, (next to Dr. He), associate director of the Global Health Institute at LLU, donned hard hats for the April 29, 2009, visit. Although details are not precisely spelled out at this time, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital is expected to assist the new facility in numerous ways.
Decades earlier, Hong Kong movie mogul Sir Run Run Shaw contacted Neal C. Wilson, then president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with his dream of building a modern hospital to serve the people of his native Zhejiang Province. Sir Run Run Shaw and members of his family had been impressed by the care they had received years before from compassionate Adventist medical pioneers such as Harry Miller, MD.

Church officials were cautious at first, but they ultimately agreed to support the endeavor by providing vision and funding designed to help the proposed new hospital achieve the desired outcome of providing a core health ministry in postmodern China. Health care seemed to offer an unprecedented opportunity to let the Adventist light shine in a country that excluded other options for outreach.

The agreement between LLU and the government of Zhejiang Province called for the university to lend its expertise in planning, construction oversight, and operational management for a period of five years after the new facility opened. In addition to administration, LLU targeted medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, laboratory science, dentistry, and medical records. The university also helped SRRSH obtain a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant to purchase much-needed equipment and technology. The agreement called for a gradual handover of responsibility to Chinese leaders once the new hospital was fully operational.

When the hospital opened in April of 1994, leaders and staff were optimistic that with the involvement and support of LLU, SRRSH would serve as an educational center and role model for other Chinese hospitals.

UNIT ROUNDS: Pan Konghan, MD, critical care unit intensivist, joins other physicians and nurses for morning rounds in the critical care unit at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China.  Loma Linda University maintains a long-term affiliation with the hospital and with Zhejiang University. The affiliation has achieved several outstanding results, including the fact that SRRSH is the first public hospital in China to receive Joint Commission International accreditation.
Today, the 1,200-bed hospital that bears Sir Run Run Shaw’s name oversees the education and training of thousands of Chinese health professionals, and, as recent accreditation by the Joint Commission International attests, SRRSH standards of care are among the finest in the world.

James Wu, MPH, president of the Chinese Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, and member of the SRRSH supervisory board, says the mission and reputation of the Church have been enhanced: “We really appreciate what LLU has done in China. The Chinese Union Mission is recognized because of this community outreach.”

The mentorship exchange program between Loma Linda University and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital is a strong component of the partnership’s success. Under the auspices of the Global Health Institute (GHI) at LLU, selected health professionals from Afghanistan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Thailand, and other countries, in addition to China, are invited to the United States for intensive mentorship study programs in their respective specialties. LLU personnel also travel overseas when their expertise is needed.

In the words of Pan Guoqiang, secretary of the Chinese Communist Party for SRRSH, the 15th anniversary not only provided an opportunity for celebration, but also an affirmation of what can yet be accomplished.

“At the moment of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s 15th anniversary celebration,” Mr. Pan observed, “it is my honor to thank Loma Linda University for its long involvement and support. I believe, with the effort of us all, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration, and continue to have fruitful results."







 
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