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Friday, July 22, 2011
Cross-cultural collaboration : Mary S. Huang, MD, of MGHfC , second from right, talks with AsanMedical Center caregivers during a visit to South Korea.
Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI) and Partners International Medical Services (PIMS), two Partners HealthCare programs focused on global health care, recently aligned to form a new, integrated program: Partners International. Through the combined program, Partners and its affiliates – including the MGH – can more effectively collaborate with health care institutions abroad.
“Both PHMI and PIMS have a long history of engaging Partners-affiliated clinicians to help develop global collaborations and provide world-class medical care to international patients,” says Gilbert H. Mudge Jr., MD, vice president for Partners International and a cardiologist at BWH. “As an integrated Partners International, we will create even more opportunities for MGH and all Partners caregivers to play an active role in international programs.”
One example of these programs is a collaboration between physicians at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and their counterparts at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. Last year, clinicians from the newly developed Asan Medical Center Children’s Hospital exchanged visits with a team led by Ronald Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of MGHfC. Their focus was on assisting the Asan Medical Center Children’s Hospital with benchmarking its success.
“This has been a wonderful pairing of two hospitals within hospitals,” says Kleinman. “We are delighted to work with colleagues in Korea to share ideas across cultures about ways to enhance care.”
This fall, MGHfC faculty will travel to Seoul to participate in a joint symposium on pediatric nursing. Experts from Asan and MGHfC will present lectures and lead discussions to address challenges and opportunities faced by pediatric nursing and administrativeleaders in Korea and globally.
“Developments at Partners International will see that projects like this one evolve and strengthen,” says Mudge.
For more information about Partners International, access www.partners.org/international.
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