Methodist Forms Partnership to Improve Health Care Quality in China

Methodist Healthcare is known as one of Memphis’ leading health care institutions, but it’s also working to spread its institutional knowledge related to things like training and health care management across the globe.

Methodist has formed an international partnership with China-based Silver Mountain Capital, a private investment management company that specializes in fund, health and development management. Methodist’s specific imperative as part of its work with Silver Mountain is to help bring high-quality health care to communities throughout China.

That partnership comes in the wake of news earlier this year that Methodist has begun an affiliation agreement with Lu’An Municipal Hospital, a 900-bed general hospital in Lu’An city in the Anhui Province, which is about 400 miles west of Shanghai.

“Methodist has always played a role in assisting communities outside of our Mid-South region, if they’re interested in improving the quality of care provided to a population, no matter where it lies,” Methodist senior vice president and CEO of International Healthcare Services David Baytos told The Daily News.

Most recently, he said, Silver Mountain approached Methodist about a possible partnership that would involve building hospitals and Methodist “continuing our effort to share our expertise internationally.”

Silver Mountain provides management and investment of home, community and hospital medical care services, and surgical treatment of diseases and disorders, preventative care, rehabilitation services and elderly care in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities in China. It will work with Methodist as the Memphis-based institution helps bring training, expertise and health care management to Silver Mountain institutions that include hospitals, residential care facilities and care for aging populations.

Silver Mountain managing partner John Du, in a statement about the strategic partnership, said the work is critical in China, where in many of the country’s rapidly growing cities access to quality health care is limited.

Baytos told The Daily News that Methodist has been sharing its health care management expertise internationally over the past 20 years in countries that include Bangladesh, Botswana, China and Russia. Methodist looks to team up with partners to provide everything from collaborating on a single project to the development and implementation of a new business plan to launch a new hospital.

“And with almost 100 years of providing care in the Memphis market, we’re well positioned to provide that assistance,” he said.

The Lu’An affiliation involves Methodist associates working with administrative and clinical staff at the hospital there to develop clinical programs and protocols that adhere to international health care standards, in addition to sharing administrative policies and procedures.

As part of the agreement with Lu’An, Methodist is providing training programs in Memphis and long-distance consulting services for its Chinese partner’s physicians and executives. The agreement is for three years, with an option to continue the affiliation.

And as far as the impact, Methodist thinks that could be substantial for Lu’An, a city that’s home to close to 7 million people.

By Andy Meek

Source: Memphis Daily News –