Chinese Medical Delegation Visits Scottsdale Healthcare

East met West as medical professionals from Haikou, China – Scottsdale’s sister city – visited Scottsdale Healthcare this week to learn about the local nonprofit health system’s cancer research, medical education, advanced technology and patient-care programs.


Physicians and administrators from Haikou People’s Hospital met with local physicians, nurses and Scottsdale Healthcare executives and toured Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Shea Medical Center during the two-day meeting. The visit was arranged through the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association.


“Scottsdale Healthcare is viewed as a model for research and education programs. The scope and depth of what we offer is very broad for a community-based nonprofit health system,” said Mark Slater, Ph.D., Scottsdale Healthcare vice president of research. “We’ll exchange information, explore the potential for collaboration and have mutual learning on Eastern and Western medicine.”


While learning about the research, medical facilities and patient care provided at Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals, the visitors also gave a presentation on the new Haikou People’s Hospital as well as shared insight on traditional Chinese medicine.


Highlights of the visit included Scottsdale Healthcare’s:


  • Cancer research for accelerating new drug development through Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen


  • Pediatric services, including the northeast Valley’s only pediatric emergency department, pediatric neonatal intensive care unit and Level III neonatal intensive care unit


  • Total Joint Center, showcasing orthopedic expertise in hip and knee replacement surgery


  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence for comprehensive surgical weight-loss programs


  • Academic programs, including a Family Medicine Residency Program that has produced more than 200 family physicians to help fill the need for primary-care physicians


  • Acupuncture, yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and other therapies offered through the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center


Dr. Zhiming Bai, president of Haikou People’s Hospital and professor of urology, Xiangya Medical School Central South University, led the delegation, which included physicians involved in research, academics and public health.


Dr. Bai’s goal is to develop Haikou People’s Hospital into a world-class hospital. In addition to equipping the hospital with the latest medical technologies, it also contains a Chinese traditional medicine clinic, as well as a large herbal medicine center.


Photo: Representatives of the Haikou People’s Hospital led by Dr. Zhiming Bai visit an exam room in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.


– Submitted by Keith Jones, director of public relations at Scottsdale Healthcare




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