New York City hos­pi­tal to open heart cen­ter in Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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col­lab­o­ra­tion in de­vel­op­ing the heart cen­ter will help ex­plore an ef­fec­tive way of early in­ter­ven­tion and as­sess­ment of med­i­cal out­comes that is unique to China.”

An in­ter­na­tional heart cen­ter ex­pected to open in Shang­hai in late 2015 will ex­plore the preven­tion and treat­ment of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases while seek­ing to meet the spe­cific needs of Chi­nese pa­tients.

Ear­lier this month, the pri­vate health­care ser­vice provider DeltaHealth reached an agree­ment with Columbia Univer­sity’s Di­vi­sion of Car­diac Surgery and Car­di­ol­ogy, and Columbia HeartSource to de­velop a heart cen­ter in Shang­hai, the first of its kind in the city.

Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in New York is one of the world’s lead­ing med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in car­di­ol­ogy and heart surgery and was ranked as one of the top three hos­pi­tals in car­di­ol­ogy and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Re­port in 2014.

“We want to support China’s de­sire to im­prove pri­vate health­care by play­ing a co­op­er­a­tive role in bring­ing to­gether the best do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional re­sources in car­dio­vas­cu­lar care to truly de­liver a world­class, pa­tient-fo­cused heart hos­pi­tal in China,” said Daniel Auer­bach, chair­man of the Board of DeltaHealth.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion with Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter and its top car­dio­vas­cu­lar team will al­low us to fully ac­cess and lever­age the world’s best in car­dio­vas­cu­lar health­care to de­liver ex­cel­lent clin­i­cal out­comes and end-to-end care for our pa­tients in China,” he said.

Pro­fes­sion­als from the Columbia Univer­sity Heart Team will pro­vide con­sul­ta­tion and ad­vice on de­vel­op­ing high-qual­ity clin­i­cal guid­ance and pro­to­cols, as well as physi­cian and med­i­cal staff train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion in in­no­va­tive car­dio­vas­cu­lar pro­ce­dures and pa­tient care, for a new level of med­i­cal ex­cel­lence and pa­tient care.

“In part­ner­ship with DeltaHealth’s ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship and pres­ti­gious med­i­cal ad­vi­sory panel of key physi­cian lead­ers in China, we will be lever­ag­ing the cu­mu­la­tive ex­per­tise in a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort to pi­o­neer new in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in car­dio­vas­cu­lar care for China,” said pro­fes­sor Craig Smith, MD and chair­man of the Columbia Univer­sity Depart­ment of Surgery.

The 2013 China Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­ease Re­port said that one in ev­ery five Chi­nese adults suf­fers from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, while many oth­ers re­main un­di­ag­nosed. It is a lead­ing cause of 3.5 mil­lion deaths a year in China.

De­spite steady im­prove­ments made by the lo­cal med­i­cal com­mu­nity, the ris­ing in­ci­dence, mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity rates of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases have not been ef­fec­tively con­tained.

Many se­ri­ous chal­lenges, such as in­ad­e­quate pre­ven­ta­tive and risk man­age­ment over­sight, out­dated in­te­grated dis­ease man­age­ment mod­els, un­even dis­tri­bu­tion and sim­ply the scarcity of qual­ity med­i­cal re­sources still ex­ist, ex­perts said.

“Proac­tive preven­tion and con­trol and all-around pa­tient-cen­tric care are the ul­ti­mate goals in the de­vel­op­ment of car­diac med­i­cal care,” said Pro­fes­sor Ge Junbo, aca­demi­cian of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, who is also the chief ad­viser to the Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Panel (MAP) at DeltaHealth.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion in de­vel­op­ing the heart cen­ter will help ex­plore an ef­fec­tive way of early in­ter­ven­tion and as­sess­ment of med­i­cal out­comes that is unique to China.”

The MAP is led by China’s top physi­cians in car­dio­vas­cu­lar surgery and car­di­ol­ogy and seeks to pro­vide crit­i­cal do­mes­tic re­sources needed to de­velop a car­dio­vas­cu­lar health­care pro­gram tai­lored for China.

GE JUNBO ACA­DEMI­CIAN OF THE CHI­NESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

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