China has the world’s greatest demand for modern medicine. In spite of the country’s spectacular economic advances, China remains a poor nation on a per capita basis with little or no affordable access to modern medicine. The Executive Director of American Friends of Sheba, who has worked and lived in China for the past twelve years, initiated a fact finding mission to China with Professor Zeev Rotstein, CEO of Sheba.
The purpose of this mission was to explore common and mutual opportunities between major Chinese medical facilities and Sheba Medical Center leading toward combining their strengths for the benefit of peoples in each nation. In order to accomplish this purpose, the mission initiated dialogue with the directors of leading medical facilities as well as executives in Chinese enterprises and ministries in the areas of medical research, hospital design and construction and related patient care regimes. Ultimately Sheba Medical Center seeks to establish a Sheba/Israel/China Medical Cooperation Initiative to support a range of treatment, research, education and humanitarian activities for people everywhere. Of specific focus was identifying partners for joint programs in:
- Medical research
- Design and operation of world-class hospitals, including dedicated disease-prevention facilities, and integrated medical treatment and research facilities
- Design and operation of mobile hospital clinics for rural treatment
- Advancing medical education in China, using modern simulation-based methods and on the basis of a modern, multidisciplinary approach to medical education
- Testing, teaching and development of alternative (Chinese) medicine protocols
Prof. Rotstein met with the Executive Director of Fudan University Hospital in Shanghai to assess the best way to increase productivity allowing for an increase in patient care without harming medical practices. A study group was formed to continue dialogue. In Beijing Prof. Rotstein executed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the leading Traditional Chinese Medicine organization – the China Academy of Medical Sciences - forming a joint study group that will travel between Israel and China to institutionalize regimes for care employing both Chinese and Western medical practices. A second MOU was executed between Sheba and Guang’anmen International Hospital to explore best clinical practices combining Eastern and Western medical technology.
These bi-lateral agreements are already the basis of Sheba’s East/West Medical Training Center where Chinese and Israeli physicians work and research together the art and science of medicine. In the center we combine the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the advanced technology of Western Scientific Medicine. This program is already proving a model for future global research and clinical applications especially for palliative care.
Truly, with Sheba’s China mission, this Israeli hospital is reflective of its objective to be Israel’s Hospital Without Boundaries.