On September 17, 2015, Lurie Children’s hosted representatives from the Children’s Hospital of Zhengzhou (ZCH), the largest pediatric hospital in China and the only first-tier pediatric hospital in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province.
The purpose of the visit was to finalize an agreement focusing on:
Training and Education Program in which Lurie Children’s offers a leadership training program to approved ZCH physician, nurse and/or hospital administrative representatives. Training will take place at Lurie Children’s, at ZCH, or via tele-education channels.
Telemedicine Program in which Lurie Children’s will provide peer-to-peer consultation services to ZCH in one or more of the following areas: remote pathological diagnosis, remote medical imaging diagnosis, remote monitoring, remote outpatient services and remote case discussions.
Patient Care Program in which Lurie Children’s is the potential provider of care for specialty care services for ZCH patients who desire to travel to Lurie Children’s to receive those services.
Research opportunities in which Lurie Children’s as a leader of pediatric research would provide ZCH guidance on the development and expansion of its research initiatives.
“It is exciting to be working with a children’s hospital of its size and reach,” says Tina Tan, MD, Medical Director, International Patient Services. “ZCH has 2200 beds, 1200 nurses and 620 physicians and is part of an integrated network of children's hospitals across China. ZCH has an estimated 1.25 million outpatient visits a year. This collaboration provides an incredible opportunity to work with them, not only on educational and tele-health initiatives, but also on clinical, epidemiologic and basic research initiatives that will provide important information on improving the care of the children that we serve.”
This collaboration is the outcome of a dialogue that began in 2013 when Lurie Children’s hosted Vice Premier Liu Yandong, leader of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. Through the Vice Premier, Lurie Children’s was introduced to and hosted Wang Yangling, the Deputy Governor of the People’s Government of Henan Province, home of ZCH. In June 2015, he invited a delegation from the hospital to visit ZCH. Lurie Children’s reciprocated by hosting the delegation from ZCH in September.
“We hope this is the first of many such partnerships that can be established throughout the world,” says Brian Stahulak, Senior Director, International Patient Services.