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SRRSH becomes first China hospital to be accredited by JCI

Jan Zumwalt, MS, MBA, RN, presents a plaque from Loma Linda University Medical Center to Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital president He Chao, MD, commemorating the Joint Commission International accreditation.
Jan Zumwalt, MS, MBA, RN, presents a plaque from Loma Linda University Medical Center to Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital president He Chao, MD, commemorating the Joint Commission International accreditation.
Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital has become the first hospital in mainland China to be awarded the Joint Commission International (JCI) certificate for quality health care.

Established in 1997 by Joint Commission Resources Inc., the JCI aims to improve the safety and quality of health care around the world. It has worked with international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries, and other associated bodies in more than 80 countries.

He Chao, MD, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital’s president, said the award was evidence of the high-quality health care the hospital provides and that it would aid future development.

Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Seventh-day Adventist Church have long been involved in the development and administration of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.

The health care institution is named after Sir Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong businessman. He became acquainted with the Adventist health care system years ago when his mother was treated at an Adventist hospital in the Far East. Sir Run Run Shaw was pleased with her care and years later, asked the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Loma Linda University Medical Center to manage the hospital that bears his name. In addition to the Medical Center, many of the University’s schools have participated in the development of the hospital.

The hospital was opened on May 9, 1994, in Hangzhou, in Sir Run Run Shaw’s home province, as a 14-story, 336-bed hospital. Today, with expansion, th
Loma Linda University School of Nursing alumnus Carolyn Thompson, RN, poses with Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital president Luo Jianhong, executive dean at Zhejiang Univeristy School of Medicine, at JCI accreditation ceremonies.
Loma Linda University School of Nursing alumnus Carolyn Thompson, RN, poses with Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital president Luo Jianhong, executive dean at Zhejiang Univeristy School of Medicine, at JCI accreditation ceremonies.
e hospital has in excess of 800 beds and is considered the most advanced hospital in all of China.

Since its inauguration more than 10 years ago, the hospital has developed rapidly and has earned a high reputation throughout China for its advanced management, high standards of medical technology, as well as its whole-hearted sincerity, positive spirit, and love for the patients.

A special ceremony was held at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital on Thursday, May 17, 2007, in Zhejiang People’s Great Hall in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China. The event was attended by more than 300 governors, international and domestic hospital administrators, clients, and media.

Participating in the ceremony from Loma Linda University Medical Center was Jan Zumwalt, MS, MBA, RN, executive director of nursing at Loma Linda University Medical Center and liaison with Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.

Also joining Ms. Zumwalt at the ceremonies were Carolyn Thompson, RN, an alumnus of the School of Nursing, and Patricia Jones, PhD, RN, professor of nursing in the School of Nursing.

Dr. He, confirming the quality of services at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, noted that between 800 and 1,000 expatriate outpatients visited the hospital last year. There are 50,000 foreign permanent residents located in the area served by Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.

Dr. He predicted that the number of expatriate patients would grow annually by 20 percent.

Prior to the official event in Hangzhou, Loma Linda University Medical Center administrator and chief executive officer Ruthita Fike, MA, hosted an event in Loma Linda commemorating the milestone event for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, attended by many representatives from China.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007