To meet the growing demand for high-quality cancer care in China, Tahoe Hospital Management Co Ltd has reached a 5-year agreement with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where health-care professionals from the Pennsylvania-based medical center will assist in the planning and operation of an expanded cancer center within an existing private hospital in Beijing.
From facility planning to clinical protocols, UPMC will advise Tahoe Hospital on how to enhance its existing cancer program at the Beijing Yuho Rehabilitation Hospital, which opened in late 2015. UPMC will offer recommendations on all aspects of operating an advanced cancer treatment center, which will include medical and surgical oncology, cancer rehabilitation, and an oncology clinical research program.
“This collaboration with UPMC is just the start of what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership to expand world-class medical care for our patients,” said Chairman Huang Qisen of Tahoe Hospital.
“UPMC is uniquely prepared to partner with Tahoe because of our internationally renowned clinical expertise, teaching capability, research experience, oncology--focused organizational practices, and long history of operating advanced cancer care services throughout the world,” noted Chuck Bogosta, President of UPMC International and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
More on the Tahoe Project
The first phase of the Tahoe project will involve onsite assessment and recommendations by a multidisciplinary team from UPMC, which will advise on facility design and equipment selection, information technology infrastructure, and a staffing plan for oncology services, among other activities. Beijing Yuho Rehabilitation Hospital clinical staff will also receive training in Pittsburgh.
In addition, UPMC will provide ongoing guidance regarding Beijing Yuho Rehabilitation Hospital’s clinical and quality assurance practices. In the years to come, UPMC expects to help the cancer center with the process of achieving Joint Commission International accreditation. ■