Chinese communist party secretary and entourage visit LLUMC
It’s hugs and smiles as visitors from the People’s Republic of China greeted representatives from Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). Left to right: Jan Zumwalt, MS, MBA, RN, director of the office of international affairs, looks on as Sun XiaoMin, vice director of administrative affairs at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH), hugs Ruthita Fike, CEO and administrator of LLUMC, while H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the LLU School of Medicine, smiles in the background.
The Honorable Pan Guaqiong, the Communist Party secretary for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH) in Hangzhou, China, recently visited Loma Linda University Medical Center with a handful of his non-English speaking, yet high-performing department heads. According to Jan Zumwalt, MS, MBA, RN, director of the office of international affairs, the purpose of the visit was for the Hon. Mr. Pan to make a presentation—through his interpreter—to B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, at her farewell ceremony and provide the visiting delegation an opportunity to visit and experience LLUMC firsthand.
“Loma Linda University Medical Center and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital have been in partnership with each other since the hospital was in the planning stages in the late 1980s,” Ms. Zumwalt reports. “SRRSH has become an off-site educational hub for LLU, providing healthcare training and cultural exchange not only to LLU students and staff, but also to healthcare professionals from other LLU-associated international hospitals.”
She goes on to cite the fact that SRRSH recently trained a general surgeon from Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital (WAKH) in Kabul, Afghanistan, in laparoscopic surgery techniques. LLU has managed WAKH under a USAID grant for the past three years. “Now, more than ever,” Ms. Zumwalt asserts, “Loma Linda University Medical Center students, residents, and staff are interested in international experiences. Our long-term collaborative relationship with SRRSH makes it a valuable training site.”
Ms. Zumwalt notes that the visiting dignitaries have enjoyed meeting their Loma Linda counterparts and learning about new concepts in their respective fields, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Southern California’s unique cultural and entertainment venues, including shopping malls. “Fortunately,” she observes, “they are enjoying very favorable exchange rates.”
Ms. Zumwalt noted that the visit ended on a very positive note. “Many of them have mentioned,” she says, “how helpful and friendly they have found the LLUMC staff to be.”
Perhaps the human touch still makes a difference even in the complex world of contemporary geopolitics. As Walt Disney was known to say, “It’s a small world after all!”
By James Ponder
The official delegation from Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou, China, includes (back row, from left): Zhou Liping, RN, nurse manager; Kong Xianghong, director of the party office; Sun XiaoMin, vice director of administrative affairs; Guo Xingya, director of the personnel department; Wang Baohua, vice director of public relations and media; Jin Shaozhi, director of the maintenance department; and Yang Lili, RN, health promotion nurse; (front row, from left): the Hononorable Pan Guoqiang, Communist Party secretary; Luo Xiao, director of the medical affairs office; Zhou Huanqiao, director of construction; Zheng Sanwei, director of the I.T. department; and Luo Shuidi, chief financial officer.