Today we visited Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, which is an amazing 500 bed children’s hospital and outpatient center.
We were hosted by Lily Hsu, who is program director for Shanghai of Project HOPE, the US-based health philanthropy. Dr. Charles Sanders, who chairs the UNC Health Care board of directors, is chairman of the Project HOPE board. A few weeks ago I spoke with Dr. John Howe, who is president of Project HOPE, to get his advice on our China trip. HOPE has long worked in China, and they are a major force behind the development of SCMC, which just celebrated their 10th anniversary.
Lily Hsu, RN, MSN, is also dean of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Nursing. She has two nursing degrees from US universities. I had met her this past spring at a meeting in Washington, DC, where she spoke about the work they are doing here.
Will and I were very impressed with what we saw — a very modern facility — which was bustling with activity on this Saturday morning. We toured the outpatient area, the hematology-oncology ward, the general peds ward, and then the cardiac surgery center — which was the height of our tour.
I have included a picture of our visit to SCMC. I believe it is a great example of what China is accomplishing, and an example of what US institutions and organizations can do in partnership. China is a huge country, with very substantial health and health care needs — and there are obvious resource allocation questions that they face.
All in all, a great way to begin our global health trip to China.
Yesterday we did some sightseeing along the Bund in Shanghai, and we want to do more this afternoon. This evening we have dinner with the UNC General Alumni Association Club here in Shanghai.