BOSTON – Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) and Jiahui Health Network (JHN) announced today a strategic collaboration in the creation of Jiahui International Hospital (JIH) in China’s Shanghai Province. Slated to open in October 2017, the 300-bed hospital will initially focus on cancer care and research before broadening its mission to care for patients across a wide spectrum of illness and disease. As part of the agreement, Mass General will provide strategic guidance in physical infrastructure, operations and governance as well as expertise in key clinical areas including nursing, patient care services and cancer care.

“We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Jiahui Health Network leaders as they work to launch this new facility and provide the very best patient care to the people of Shanghai and beyond,” says Peter L. Slavin, MD,  Mass General president. “As an academic medical center we relish the opportunity to share our experience gleaned from more than two centuries of providing top-notch patient care and leading-edge research.  We are proud to partner with Jiahui in developing innovative care models for China. This relationship also affords us new learning to apply to our work in Massachusetts.”

“As a healthcare service institute rooted in China, Jiahui Health is devoted to providing higher quality health care and delivering a suite of wide-ranging services from specialist healthcare to health management,” David Cook, MD, chief clinical and operations officer of Jiahui Health and president of Jiahui International Hospital. “Through this strategic collaboration with Mass General, we are bringing the concept of a world-class patient-centered and top quality healthcare to China via high technology, superior operations management, talent cultivation, and top patient care at our hospital. The goal is to highlight to the government, industry, patients, and the public that this concept can bring forth high quality, easy access and transparent costs.”

As part of the collaboration, the Mass General Cancer Center will advise Jiahui as it launches a cancer care center focused on breast, lung, gastrointestinal, lymphoma and myeloma treatment programs. In addition, Mass General’s Nursing and Patient Care Services will collaborate with Jiahui to create robust programs and establish the backbone for superior patient care through training, educational programs, and critical quality and safety initiatives. Future initiatives may focus on a remote second opinions program administered by Mass General physicians based in the United States.

This agreement is the result of a relationship which began in 2012 and included clinical and operational learning opportunities and workshops both in the United States and China. In addition, Mass General experts helped guide Jiahui in the space planning and architectural design of the hospital.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital

Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 999-bed medical center each year admits more than 50,000 inpatients, handles more than 1.5 million visits to its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus and four health centers, and records more than 105,958 emergency visits. The surgical staff perform more than 42,000 operations annually, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers nearly 3,900 babies a year. The largest nongovernment employer in the city of Boston, the MGH has more than 24,877 employees, including more than 4,800 registered nurses.  MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $800 million.  MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system.  In 2003, MGH became the first hospital in the state to be awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  In August 2016 the MGH was once again named to the Honor Roll in the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals."

About Jiahui Health Network  

About Jiahui Health

Jiahui Health, established in 2009 and headquartered in Shanghai, which is the first comprehensive foreign-funded healthcare system in China. Jiahui Health is committed to building a holistic international healthcare network based upon its core focus – the patient. Through its reliable healthcare services, patients are given an experience founded on quality, convenience, and value. The Jiahui Health network includes Jiahui International Hospital, a 500-bed tertiary general hospital; Jiahui Clinic, a series of medical centers offering family medicine and medical services from professional specialists, and Jiahui Wellness Center.

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About Jiahui International Hospital

Jiahui International Hospital is the first foreign-funded tertiary general hospital compliant with international standards. Situated in Shanghai’s downtown Xuhui District, the hospital is expected to launch its first phase in October 2017 with 246 of its total 500 beds. Once open, Jiahui International Hospital will have co-branding with its partner Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) and have two specialty centers: The Oncology Center and the Women’s Health Center.