MGH to help build Chinese hospital

By: Jessica Bartlett

Massachusetts General Hospital is helping build a hospital in Shanghai, China, the latest international work being done by Partners HealthCare hospitals.

Partners, the parent organization of MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, already had a relationship with Jiahui International Hospital, signing a $3 million agreement along with the Brigham in 2015 to help develop a women’s health center of excellence, including development of obstetric, gynecology, and in-vitro fertilization programs.

MGH has been helping Jiahui in the space planning and architectural design of the new hospital, and have worked together since 2012 to transform oncology care.

The latest deal will add more Massachusetts medical expertise to the 300-bed Jiahui International Hospital, which is slated to open in October. According to the agreement, MGH will help develop the physical infrastructure of the hospital, operations and governance, as well as lend expertise in nursing, patient-care services and cancer care. In the future, MGH may provide second opinions to Jiahui patients remotely.

“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,” Dr. Peter L. Slavin, Mass General’s president, said in a statement. “This relationship also affords us new learning to apply to our work in Massachusetts.”

Financial details were not disclosed, but a Partners HealthCare International official last year said Partners had received as much as $1.5 million a year to consult on construction of the Shangai 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,” said Dr. David Cook, chief clinical and operations officer of Jiahui Health and president of Jiahui International 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.”

Partners is no stranger to undertaking work abroad. The international arm of the health care giant, Partners HealthCare International, has been collaborating with partners in several places in India for years, on both direct clinical care as well as a broad program around nursing education. Programs are also underway in Qatar working on quality improvement, physician leadership, disaster management. In Malta and the Ivory Coast, Partners is helping improve care at a number of hospitals.

At Jiahui, MGH will first focus on cancer care and research in constructing the new hospital before broadening its mission to include other illnesses and diseases. Mass General Cancer Center will help Jiahui launch a cancer center focused on breast, lung, gastrointestinal, lymphoma and myeloma treatment programs. The Nursing and Patient Care Services out of MGH will also help create training and educational programs for clinical staff.