Breast Cancer Survivors Meet with JICC's Dr. Tibor Kovacs

    Several women recovering from breast cancer recently came to Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital to meet with Dr. Tibor Kovacs, a leading expert in breast cancer and reconstructive surgery with vast experience in oncoplastic breast conservation, breast reconstruction and risk reduction breast surgery.The meeting held at Jiahui International Hospital was a unique opportunity for the breast cancer survivors and one of the top surgical oncologists to communicate and exchange on topics of mutual importance.Who is Dr. Tibor Kovacs?Dr. Kovacs is a European Board Certified Surgical Oncologist and Breast Cancer Surgeon at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Breast Unit and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. He specialises in complex oncoplastic breast conservation techniques and immediate breast reconstruction and risk reduction surgery for high familial risk patients. At the international level, Dr. Kovacs is the President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO), Chair and founder of the ESSO Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course, Faculty on several prestigious International Breast Surgery masterclasses and workshops, an Examiner for the European Board of Surgery Qualification in Breast Surgery since 2010, tutor of the ESSO Breast Surgery fellowship program at Guy’s, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology and, most recently, Chair of BRESO, a European platform on Breast Surgery Certification, promoting accredited specialist surgical care for breast cancer patients established between leading European organisations for breast cancer care. Starting from today, Dr. Kovacs will lead the department of Breast Health at Jiahui International Cancer Centre as its new Director of Breast Health.Dr. Kovacs welcomed six women recovering from breast cancer to join him at Jiahui International Cancer Center for an informal and open exchange of ideas and concerns. During the meeting, the women shared with Dr. Kovacs their feelings and thoughts on recovering from breast cancer and listened as he introduced the latest advancements in breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. Dr. Kovacs is a practitioner of the European model of post-breast cancer breast reconstruction, which differs slightly from the American model. In the European model, practiced in the UK and Germany, it is common for one surgical oncologist to perform both breast surgery and reconstruction. While this model requires a greater level of training and mastery of both oncological and plastic surgery techniques, patient satisfaction is very high.The latest in breast cancer treatment and reconstructionDr. Kovacs began his presentation by asking the participants to share their personal experience with breast cancer screening, as regular mammography exams are important for women over 45 years old. In Dr. Kovacs’ presentation, he addressed several concerns of the participants, such as the latest guidelines for breast cancer surgery, including the use of mastectomies to protect against the recurrence of breast cancer; the safety of delaying lumpectomies and using hormonal therapy to shrink cancer cells; and the quality of pathological reporting in China. One attendee was told not to entrust local hospitals with doing a biopsy, as their standards are low and results can be slow. They chose instead to go back to their home country to have them done. Some members were also very interested in learning about secondary treatments. For example, the possible applications and efficacy of cyrotherapy. When Dr. Kovacs mentioned breast reconstruction, all the attendees were very interested in finding out what is available for reconstruction if one opts for mastectomy, and the precautions that should be taken following reconstructive surgery. As an international leader in breast cancer research, Dr. Kovacs discussed his continued efforts to push for innovations in breast cancer treatment that allow for both treatment and breast reconstruction. He has promoted new technologies, such as radio-guided surgery and breast reconstruction based on dermal flaps and biological meshes. At present, this technique is highly favoured among surgical oncologists, as it allows them to achieve a natural look without affecting the start of chemo-radiotherapy or increasing recurrence. He has also developed a novel technique called pre-pectoral implant reconstruction, which results in far fewer side effects, quicker recovery and very good aesthetic results. Dr. Kovacs explained how breast reconstruction does not hinder the treatment of tumours, nor does it delay follow-up adjuvant therapy, as patients who receive a complete mastectomy are able to "rebuild" the breast. Therefore, it is applicable to patients who cannot carry out breast preservation treatment and need to remove the entire breast.Physical and emotional healingDr. Kovacs also emphasized that breast reconstruction is about more than just restoring the physical appearance of patients with breast cancer, it can also help women recover their confidence and address the sense of loss that can accompany mastectomy operations. Dr. Kovacs is very focused on promoting oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery for those who suffer from breast cancer, and insuring that breast cancer patients can enjoy reliable treatment results and a better life.Jiahui Health is thrilled to work with Dr. Kovacs and looks forward to making world-class, state-of-the-art breast care available to patients in Shanghai and beyond.
    2020-01-16

    Mass General Hospital – Jiahui Health: International Collaboration Benefits More Patients

    Massachusetts General Hospital and Jiahui Health co-hosted Mass General Hospital and Jiahui Health Day at on Nov. 19th 2019 in Shanghai. Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811 and located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the original and large teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Mass General Hospital Research Institute conducts the large hospital-based research program in the nation, with an annual research budget of more than $1 billion and comprises more than 8,500 researchers working across more than 30 institutes, centers, and departments. In August 2019, the MGH was once again named #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its list of "America’s Best Hospitals." In December 2016, Mass General and Jiahui Health signed a long-term collaboration agreement to further strengthen our collaboration. This relationship includes consultation from Mass General regarding overall planning for Jiahui International Hospital, operations management, and medical training with a focus on the development of a Cancer Center of Excellence and nursing. Dr. Paul Busse, Dr. Kenneth Tanabe, Dr. Ephraim Hochberg, and Dr. Dennis Sgroi from Mass General Hospital Cancer Center (representing radiation, surgical, and medical oncology, along with pathology) participated in the Mass General – Jiahui Health Day; they interacted with cancer patients from Shanghai together with Dr. John Hsiang, Dr. Andrew Zhu, and Dr. Lily Zhou from Jiahui International Hospital.Jiahui International Hospital opened to the public in October 2017 and is the first foreign-funded tertiary general hospital in China. From the beginning, Jiahui International Hospital has maintained a close, strategic collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, with a particular focus on cancer care, women’s health, and pediatrics. From left to right are Dr. Kenneth Tanabe, Dr. John Hsiang, Dr. Paul Busse, and Dr. Andrew ZhuMass General – Jiahui Health Day was a great opportunity for Jiahui Health and Mass General Hospital to demonstrate, through their international collaboration, that cancer patients may receive better care and a better outcome. Jiahui is committed to providing a patient-centered experience based on care, quality, and impact.Quality assurance – International standard and practice plus Mass General Hospital collaboration"We wanted to design a building that would allow patients to feel that the entrance to the hospital heralds the beginning of recovery, and we integrated the concept of healing garden into our central lobby" said Dr. John Hsiang, the Chief Medical Officer of Jiahui Health. Dr. Paul Busse and Dr. Andrew Zhu answer questions from cancer patientsThe real secret of a good hospital is not the things that are visible to the naked eye, nor the bricks and marbles on the buildings nor the courtyards, but the high standard and high quality of each individual comprising our team. To build and lead an excellent medical team, Jiahui Health recruited Professor Andrew Zhu from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to serve as executive director of Jiahui International Cancer Center. Jiahui Health also recruited Dr. Tibor Kovacs, President of ESSO, as director of Breast Health Program at Jiahui. In the daily practice at Jiahui, they hold a regular International Tumor Board meeting with Mass General Cancer Center and receive International Radiation Oncology Treatment Plan Peer Review from Dr. John McGrath at Mass General Cancer Center.The international medical team works directly in Shanghai with local cancer patients, which has created social benefits for the area and population. Creating social benefits is conducive to social progress and care quality development in Shanghai. The ultimate service to reflect the "patient needs first" principleWhat should you expect after you made an appointment with Jiahui International Cancer Center? Jiahui tries to make coming to see a cancer specialist as simple as possible, making all the preparations in advance, before the patient comes to the hospital; and JICC has a specialized CancerHub staffed by oncology nurse navigators to facilitate appointments and provide support to patients and families. When the patient comes to Jiahui International Cancer Center, all the examinations can be completed within 2-3 days, and according to the patient's condition, the patient will have a treatment discussion with experts from multiple disciplines. We believe that this model of care results both in better decision-making, but is also respectful of the patient and family’s time.When the patient makes an appointment for the first or second consultation, oncologists from JICC usually ask the patient for a convenient appointment time, and we try our best to meet his or her needs. If the time is not suitable for medical reasons, JICC CancerHub will communicate with the patients and their families in advance.With our patient-first approach comes plenty of time to allow each patient and family to ask questions and ensure that they fully understand their specific cancer and therapeutic approach. There is no time limit during consultation at Jiahui international cancer center. Patients have enough time to communicate with their doctors. At JICC, the average initial diagnosis of cancer patients is about one hour, and the treatment process is treated with unusual respect. Experts at Jiahui International Cancer Center listen carefully to patients' histories and other complaints to draw several inferences about potential problems. Based on these inferences, experts make a specific diagnosis of the patient before creating a treatment plan.Dr. Ephraim Hochberg and Dr. Lily Zhou answer questions from cancer patientsJiahui Health promotes the value of "patient-centered" care. Every doctor simply asks, "Is this the best thing for the patient? What would I do if the patient was my closest relative?" In this way, the experts can find the key to the problem. Patients should expect good doctors to use their knowledge and wisdom to communicate with patients on an equal footing, to understand patients' moods and diseases, and to use the most appropriate methods to cure. Critically ill patients and their families require their emotional and spiritual needs met-- privacy, comfort and dignity -- because every patient deserves the best medical care.Translate the results of the research into the best chance for the best outcome for cancer patientsDuring Mass General Hospital and Jiahui Health Day, experts from Massachusetts General Hospital brought information to cancer patients in Shanghai about new research at Massachusetts General Hospital in recent years that has helped advance cancer treatment. Drs Tanabe, Busse, and Hochberg discussed advances in liver cancer, the use of proton therapy, and immunotherapy and gene therapy for lymphoma patients. Dr. Sgroi discussed advancement in understanding of breast cancer progression.Professor Andrew Zhu, executive director of Jiahui International Cancer Center, said to the cancer patients in Shanghai at the meeting: "the clinical directors from Massachusetts General Hospital who came to Jiahui Health today are my good friends. We have worked together for 18 years. When we were working together, we challenged each other, supported each other, and inspired each other, to give patients better treatment. Now that I am here at the Jiahui International Cancer Center, we will continue this tradition. We will continue to receive strong support from Massachusetts General Hospital at Jiahui. Despite the distance between us, we can still communicate smoothly, discuss cases, and review treatment plan decisions as easily as before, so that our cancer patients in China can receive high-quality diagnosis and treatment."
    2019-12-20

    The first Tencent Medical ME Conference Focusing on Frontiers in Medical Breakthrough

    The first Tencent Medical ME Conference (TMMEC) opened in Beijing on November 4th, 2019, with the theme of “Decoding Life” Jointly developed by Tencent and Tencent Medical Code, and in conjunction with two of the world’s top medical journals—the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and NEJM Frontiers in Medicine (both under NEJM Group). TMMEC hosted several global medical experts and special guests to contribute breakthroughs and discoveries on cancer research, AIDS, translational medicine and other pioneering medical fields, share cutting-edge medical theories, and share clinical prevention & treatment experience. These experts included eminent physicians such as Professor Andrew Zhu and Dr. Tibor Kovacs from Shanghai Jiahui International Cancer Center, and Professor Xiao Rui-Ping, Chair Professor and Director of Institute of Molecular of Medicine (IMM) at Peking University, Associate Editor of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), and Managing Editor of NEJM Frontiers in Medicine. Andrew Zhu: The targeted treatment plan for liver cancer is progressing rapidly Andrew Zhu is Director of Jiahui International Cancer Center (JICC), Director of JIH Clinical Research, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an internationally recognized expert in liver cancer and bile duct cancer. He has led several important breakthrough clinical studies, offering new therapeutic hopes for patients with hepatobiliary cancer. When asked about the current state of liver cancer treatment in China, he shared: "China's liver cancer patients account for half of the world’s total. Precision medicine and targeted therapy have been put into application. Immune checkpoint inhibitors have become the standard treatment regime of liver cancer; immune checkpoint inhibitors combined with anti-angiogenesis inhibitors have made breakthroughs in liver cancer; the latest advances in bile duct cancer are based on their genetic characteristics and newly discovered therapeutic targets, and new targeted drugs have been developed, which will bring more hope for survival to patients worldwide.”Tibor Kovacs: How to train a cancer surgeonTibor Kovacs is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London, President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, and an international leader in breast cancer clinical care. He has extensive experience in breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction and related surgeries. In January 2020, Tibor Kovacs will formally join Jiahui Health to bring international expertise in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. Besides being a breast cancer physician, Dr. Kovacs also leads a team focusing on education, training and certification in breast cancer surgery. The training to become a cancer surgeon is very long and complex; comprehensive knowledge is required: there is a need to standardize this training pathway through a Global Curriculum in Cancer Surgery to become a certified cancer surgeon.Tibor Kovacs also talked about the "Global Oncology Surgery Program" in collaboration with the American Society of Surgical Oncology, highlighting the theoretical knowledge and practical skill competencies needed. According to Dr. Kovacs’ introduction, there must be high-quality training, skilled and experienced trainers and TTT courses. The certification process should address also communication skills, confidence, judgement via an objective certification and accreditation process.In addition, Dr. Kovacs also discussed projections on medical development over the next 20 years, predicting growth in minimally invasive and less invasive surgical techniques and even better outcomes, as well as more personalized treatments. The role of the surgeon will be changed, including an increased focus on data analysis and bioengineering, and the technologies used will become increasingly complex and precise.Finally, Tibor Kovacs stated, that surgeons "should not simply focus on the technology. The surgeon should be a true scientist who can understand the results of these basic and clinical medicines (as well as) a far-sighted vision.”Xiao Rui-Ping: Chronic disease has become the number one killer of mankind Xiao Rui-Ping, has established a two-way communication bridge between China and international exchanges, especially in her work on chronic diseases. Of this, she said: "Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke, have become the number one killer of public health in China. In recent years, as the level of clinical research in China is improving significantly, we hope to introduce the most advanced international medical research and clinical practice to China—not only to medical professionals, but also to the public by “translating” professional information through reliable popular science platform(s).”At the end of the conference, Professor Xiao put forward higher expectations for the future of Chinese medical development, stating: “(We) hope that the advancement of science and technology can greatly promote the development of human medicine. We expect safer and more effective drugs and instruments emerge in Chinese and international markets and that, in the near future, human beings can conquer the major chronic diseases like cardiovascular tumors. Also, we hope that China can produce more original drugs to serve all members suffering from disease.”Dr. Xiao is Chair Professor and Director of Institute of Molecular of Medicine (IMM) at Peking University, Associate Editor of New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Managing Editor of NEJM Frontiers in Medicine. Linking the Whole Society to Build a New Ecological ScienceFundamentally, the exploration of cutting-edge medicine drives human cognition and improves the experience of human life and health. Equally important is how to bring these pioneering discoveries of medical knowledge to the public.Even now, there exists many new medical achievements still unheard of by patients and even grassroots doctors with the power to change lives. Certain forms of leukemia, a once-feared disease, now has diagnostically significant therapies available with CAR-T immunotherapy. Lupus erythematosus, otherwise known as the "undying cancer", is now also controllable with the advancement of new therapies. Yet along with these wondrous new therapies, technology has also brought great challenges. False medical advertisements and pseudo-science rumors propagated mainly by the Internet not only harm public health, but also exacerbate the conflict between doctors and patients. Internet medical science needs to be reshaped and developed towards these "deep water areas by bridging the gap between real medicine and popular awareness. As the public’s most powerful tool for obtaining information, ensuring the quality and accuracy of medical information on the Internet will be a critical task of medical science going forward. A new vision of internet medicine should strive for these principles; for doctors to become as the authors of medical knowledge, commitment to scientific principles as the core, a professional attitude as the spirit, and rational thought as the cornerstone. Real medicine, in this way, will remain the foundation of health and the shield against panic in the face of disease. Such is the public’s demand for medical knowledge, that a clear call for the participation of more medical experts and social forces has sounded. Jiahui Health will continue to export high-quality, digestible, and reliable medical science content as well as making due contributions to the improvement of national health literacy.To find out more about JICC service offering, look at our website Jiahui International Cancer CenterPlease contact 021-5339 3128, or send email to Cancerhub@jiahui.com
    2019-11-26

    Love that gives life a chance

    Source: SHINE Editor: Shen Ke Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ Ron Beaudreau, his wife Celese, their four foster children (from left: Noah, Erin, Tilly and May) and rescue dog Wyatt are getting together for a family photo at home. Ron Beaudreau, an American emergency room doctor at Jiahui International Hospital in Xuhui District in Shanghai, has a big family — his wife Celese, their three daughters May, Erin, Tilly, son Noah and a cute rescue dog Wyatt.Noah is an early riser and most mornings he awakens the entire family at 5:30am.The children then get themselves dressed and do all the things they need to do before being driven to school.After their day at school, the children come home and do their homework, eat dinner, take a bath and get ready for bed.Weekends, holidays and summer however allows plenty of time for their favorite activities, such as swimming, riding bicycles, various sports camps and travel.There seems to be little difference between the Beaudreaus and other families of loving parents and sweet and lively children — sometimes a bit naughty, sometimes filling the house with laughter. It’s hard to imagine that the four children the foreign couple have adopted in China were all almost in danger of dying soon after they were born with serious diseases.Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ Ron and Celese hold Tilly up on the way to their community playground.Ron and his wife have given them a second life, and the children have given them their wholehearted love in return. Before the camera, every child was trying to show just how much they love their parents.“Ron and I have been in Shanghai for about 10 years. I followed him to China,” said Celese. Before that, she and her husband were in Georgia in the United States. “We came here pretty soon after we were married. Here in Shanghai, through a lot of volunteer work that I was doing as a pediatrician, we met our children, and have ultimately adopted four children.”They first met their daughter Erin, who’s actually the second oldest. “I met her when I was at one of the children’s hospitals working with a voluntary organization. She was in the hospital and sick,” Celese said. “I was helping to try to arrange medical care for her and we kind of fell in love with her. We ultimately took her home and started working on getting medical care for her. She’s had multiple surgeries and other things. And then we decided we were going to pursue adoption.”Shortly after that the organization called her about another sick baby — that was May, who had congenital heart disease and had recently had heart surgery. “She’d spent a long time in the hospital and was not doing well. So they asked us if we would just be willing to foster her while they looked for another family. So she joined us about six months after Erin did.”They were initially looking for another family for her, but she had complicated medical problems that would be scary for non-medical people. So May became Erin’s elder sister.“They’re scary to us also. But anyway, she wasn’t in our home for very long when we decided that we would also try to adopt her,” said Celese. “She latched on to Ron, I’m sure you can tell from today that she’s a total ‘Baba’s girl.’ (Baba is how Chinese refer to the father.) As soon as Ron got back she kind of latched onto him and hasn’t let go since then. So we adopted them together. They’re now 9 and 8. They’re both in second grade.” More than a year later after the couple had finalized that adoption and were getting ready to go to the US to do the paperwork, somebody called Celese to ask her to come to the hospital and see a little boy.“And so I went to see Noah. He had just had surgery. And he was getting ready to go back to an orphanage.” They brought him home and after they came back after one month in the US for Christmas holidays, they wound up falling in love with him and deciding they were going to adopt him as well.To get medical care for the children, the couple went back and forth to the hospital and to Shanghai Baby’s Home, where they met their youngest daughter Tilly two years later.“Every time we went, they would kind of put her in our arms.“So we have May, who’s 9, Erin, who’s 8. Noah, who will be 7 in a couple of weeks, I think he’s told you that a lot, that his birthday is coming up, and then Tilly will be 4, also in a couple of weeks.”Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ Erin is playing at a children’s playground in their residential complex with her father Ron.Parents all want a healthy baby who can fill a space in their hearts with cheerful gurgles. But for Ron and Celese, it was natural to adopt the sick children when they were introduced to them.“We were already working with children who had multiple medical problems and helping with that. Once you meet them and they’re in your home, fostering them, when you fall in love with them, it’s really more like they choose you, than you choosing them. So, when we were thinking about it, of course, you know, you want a healthier child, or children that don’t have a lot of medical problems. But when you fall in love with a child, it doesn’t matter what’s wrong with them.”Erin and May have been the sickest of the four and the poor sisters both have diagnoses that on paper sound very scary. “Once we had them in our home, we realized that we can do this, we can take care of them,” said Celese. “Most of our day is not spent worrying about their medical problems but doing everything that everybody else does for their children.”According to the couple, Erin has spina bifida and should have had surgery immediately after birth, or surgery in utero. But she didn’t have surgery until she was about seven months old because she had other significant medical problems.She had a tumor on her hip that was growing and was causing problems with her blood so that had to be dealt with — she had to have chemotherapy to take care of that before she could have the surgery to repair her spine.She got a urine infection and got very sick. Soon there was an opportunity to have the procedure done in Hong Kong, so the family went to Hong Kong and had her initial surgery. Erin had a subsequent surgery on her spine about a year later in the US after she was adopted. Since then, she’s had multiple other, more minor surgeries.May has pretty significant congenital heart disease. Normally a baby with her heart condition would have had surgery shortly after birth, without which they normally would have died. She did not have such surgery at birth but rather had her first heart surgery around the 14 months old.It is a miracle that she survived to have this surgery which was done at the Congenital Heart Center of Shanghai Children’s Medical Center before she joined the Beaudreau family. After the adoption was finalized, she ultimately had her final surgery in the US at about three and a half years old.“If you’d asked either of us before we started fostering whether we would adopt a child that has Erin’s medical problems or May’s medical problems, we both would have said: ‘Probably not.’ But once they’re in your home, you fall in love with them and they fall in love with you,” Ron said. “You realize that you can help them, you can take care of the problems that they have, you can get them good medical care. They can have a long, full life. So, there’s really no choice. It just happens.”Erin has had a lot of surgery and has spent a lot of time in therapy. “Ultimately we just decided that the best therapy for her was letting her be a normal kid. So she hikes and runs and climbs and drives her brother and sisters crazy and on a day to day basis, it’s all just normal kids’ stuff that we deal with,” said Celese.Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ Photos of the children “When we first got May, everybody said: ‘She’s got a bad heart; you can’t let her do anything.’ They made her stay in a bed, they didn’t let her play or do anything. So when we got her at about a year and a half, she couldn’t even sit up. Like, she couldn’t even hold her body up, she was so weak. But then, Erin, who was younger than her, had started crawling and so they got this competition between the two of them and so she wanted to chase after her.”The children sometimes raise questions about who their birth parents are and where they are from.“Erin was two months when she came to our house. Noah was about two months also. Tilly was, we met her when she came home at about four months, and so, they didn’t know anything else at that time,” said Ron. “May was closer to a year and a half or two years, and so she has more issues related to anxiety and things like that related to her being abandoned by her original parents.”“We’ve seen her dealing with attachment issues and anxiety issues, but she’s made a ton of progress. So I think it’s something we’ll obviously have to deal with as they get older. Actually, Erin, our second, really wants to find her birth mother,” Celese added. “She’s got a lot of questions about: ‘Why did my mom leave me?’ You know, she has medical problems, and she says, ‘Did my mom not want me because of some of the stuff she has to do every day?’”The couple have started the process of looking for her biological parents, though it’s a little bit difficult. “We would love to know who their moms and their dads are.The other kids have not expressed any interest in that in spite of being around us when we talk to Erin about it. But in the future, a lot of kids that are adopted want to know where they came from and it would be good to have family history and all of that,” said Celese, who thinks that’s a thing all of them should deal with.The family has also gone through some hard times when it comes to the children’s education.“Erin is someone who has the most medical challenges. She’s kind of at that age of recognizing that she’s different from everybody else and she doesn’t like that. And so she’s had a tough time with that. She says: ‘I don’t understand why I was made this way, why I have to do all of this stuff,’ and then it makes her different at school.“School is difficult for kids who have medical problems, or are just different kinds of learners. Even the international schools don’t want kids that are, that have issues and so it was a problem. But we found a great school for them — it was a local Chinese school. Their teachers kind of embraced them and loved them. You know, we talked to the teachers a lot about making sure that people weren’t making fun of them and saying things to them, but I think in spite of that, the kids are normal kids and they say things and things happen.”Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ Celese watches Noah showing what he learned from gymnastics class.“There’s many people out there that live a very full life with disabilities so we try to stress that,” said Ron. He believes the children can do anything they want to do as long as they work hard enough at it and tries to show them role models, people who have had disabilities that have really gone far in life, to encourage them so that they can live their lives to the fullest. And the children are making it.For instance, it took Erin a long time to learn to ride a bicycle. When she rode a bicycle with training wheels, her feet would fall off the pedals. “And then eventually when she got to where she was kind of riding the bicycle, I took the training wheels off,” Ron said.They kept trying and trying and he thought it might be another six months before she can ride a bicycle. “But literally, the next time I took her out, she was riding! I let go and she took off and she’s been riding ever since. And it’s like, she was the fastest learner of riding a bicycle. So, you know, it’s all a mindset. We just try to help her work through that and to have a positive mindset, the mindset that ‘I’m not going to give up on something.’ And as long as she does that, she finds that she can do a lot of things.”“Just seeing how much they fight. They’ve had some tough situations and they just, they keep pushing through. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when they’re strong and doing so great,” said Celese. She and Ron are also fighting for a better life and future for their children with their efforts.“There are a lot of people here that are really actively working to take care of babies,” said Celese. “Three of our kids came from Shanghai Baby’s Home. And they’re a great organization. They’re providing medical care for kids, they have a ton of people that volunteer there. They’re always looking for people to foster and people to come in and help and so, there are a lot of things like that that are going on in China.”“The Chinese government has done a lot over the past couple years to help with access to medical care. They’ve made huge strides from 10 years ago. And I think in general, there’s a lot more access to care, but that’s kind of once they’re in the state system, once they’re orphans. And what really needs to happen is to try and break that cycle of abandonment,” Ron added.Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE▲ The couple and their cute rescue dog Wyatt. The couple believes access should be given to empower parents to keep their children by giving them the resources to take care of babies with medical problems and special needs.For the children who are already in orphanages, increasing the access to care and the type of care they get, the quality of care they get, and their day to day life is really important, the couple said. But what a child really needs is a family to love and advocate for them and measures to keep families together ensure the brightest possible future for these children.“There have been changes in, like, school and access to education, and access to therapy and all of that so there are a lot of things that have significantly improved, so all of that helps,” said Celese.Shanghai has more and more international hospitals and receives foreign medics from all over the world. At Jiahui International Hospital, there are 41 overseas medics serving both Chinese citizens and expats in the city.The couple are passionate about medical care in China when they are working as physicians and trying to improve the quality of medical care here, as well as supporting people who are doing the same things they are.According to their colleague, Chinese American Dr Alexander Lin, chief of the obstetrician-gynaecologist department at Jiahui, working as a doctor in Shanghai is a good opportunity for him to do something where he could really use his training to help more people.“It’s education. A doctor is really a teacher. I spend a lot of time teaching students, teaching residents, younger doctors, giving them more experience. But most of my students are actually my patients. Every patient visit is really a teaching session.”
    2019-08-16

    China's Changing Healthcare: Jiahui Health Hosts Forum of International Healthcare Leaders

    Industry leaders from Jiahui Health, NEJM Catalyst, and Harvard Business School discuss the future of healthcare in ChinaHealthcare industry leaders from Jiahui Health, NEJM Catalyst, and Harvard Business School shared international perspectives on Chinese healthcare reform at an event in Caohejing Technology Park, Shanghai. The theme of the symposium was China’s Changing Health Care: Global Lessons at Scale.The expert panel agreed that China’s enormous population and surging economy present it with significant healthcare challenges, as well as huge opportunities to be a global model for rethinking care delivery. Discussions ranged across the roles of regulation, innovation, and technology in reshaping China’s healthcare system.The event was co-organized by Jiahui Health and NEJM Catalyst – associated with The New England Journal of Medicine. Panelists included representatives of the organizers, as well as Harvard Business School, Kaiser Permanente, and Providence St. Joseph Health, among others. The event included some notable highlights for Jiahui Health:– Dr. David J. Cook, Chief Clinical Officer of Jiahui Health, delivered the keynote speech. “Healthcare delivery in China is undergoing enormous change,” said Cook. “No country in human history has advanced so far, so fast. The directions decided today will influence the health of the world’s largest population and offer lessons globally.”Dr. David J. Cook, Chief Clinical Officer of Jiahui HealthOn the need for innovation, Dr. Cook commented: “In China, about 95% of healthcare is delivered in the government system. Fundamentally, here and elsewhere, governmental healthcare systems carry the weight of bureaucracy but get little benefit from the refining and evolutionary forces of competition.”Panelists agreed that more competition was required to boost innovation, while acknowledging that regulation could be used to foster competition by promoting transparency on patient outcomes and building sound quality management systems. Jiahui Health offers such a model, being approved by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission and also compliant with international standards; it is the first integrated healthcare ecosystem of its kind in China.– Ge Feng, Jiahui Health’s CEO, joined the panel to discuss technology’s role in reshaping China’s healthcare delivery. The session explored how digital solutions – such as apps, telehealth, and artificial intelligence – can close the gap between patients and providers and expand provision.(Left to right): John Yu, Founder and CEO of Meridian Medical Network Corp; Ge Feng, CEO of Jiahui Health; Thomas H. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health“In China, there is a strong need for AI and telehealth because of urgent capacity issues; we simply don’t have enough doctors to meet the rising demands of an ageing population of 1.4 billion. I believe technology can help circumvent that reality.” Jiahui Health is already leveraging the WeChat ecosystem with the aim of making healthcare services part of normal daily life. Its digital platform allows patients to access a range of services at their convenience and WeChat’s social dynamic means they can easily talk about and share their experience online. Ge Feng, CEO of Jiahui Health“This is the future of what I call ‘relationship healthcare’,” said Ge. “Jiahui Health is very proud and lucky to be part of this massive transformation, but at the end of the day, it’s about people. It doesn’t matter if you’re American or Chinese; we all want great healthcare. That’s what Jiahui Health is all about: care, quality, and impact.”
    2019-06-13

    Expats and Locals Donate Blood at Jiahui International Hospital

    Source: SHINE     Editor: Chen HuizhiExpats donate blood at the Jiahui International Hospital on Wednesday.About 80 expats donated blood at Jiahui International Hospital yesterday in a campaign held by the hospital and co-sponsored by the Xuhui District Blood Management Office.Mark Voigt, a German working in the automobile sector who has been living in Shanghai for 18 months, was donating blood for the first time. “I like Shanghai, and I donated my blood to give something back to the city,”  Voigt said.Mark Voigt, an expat from Germany, takes a selfie as he donates blood for the first time at Jiahui International Hospital.He suggested that he has no concern about medical facilities in Shanghai.“I have been to another hospital here a few times, and I think medical care here is on the same level as that in Europe,” he said.Poland’s Anna Kozlowska, who’s been working in education in Shanghai for two years, said it was the first time she had donated blood in China. She had earlier donated blood in the United States. “I didn’t know that foreigners can donate blood here, and I just found out,” said Kozlowska. “Now I can do it regularly.”Anna Kozlowska, who is from Poland, donates blood for the first time in China.About 300 donors, both Chinese and foreigners, gave blood at the hospital yesterday at the event held to mark World Blood Donor Day tomorrow.“The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is ‘safe blood for all,’” said Ren Xuelei of the Xuihui District Blood Management Office. “We attach great importance to safe blood donation for both locals and expats in Shanghai.”Hospital CEO Ge Feng, who was among the donors, said the event was to promote blood donation in Shanghai, especially among expats.“There’s a much bigger chance that a foreigner has Rh negative blood type, so more blood donations from foreigners means more blood of such rare type in our reserve which saves lives in the most critical cases,” he said.About a third of the patients of the hospital, which opened in October 2017, are foreigners, and its medical staff and management are made up of people from more than 10 countries and regions.
    2019-06-13

    Jiahui Celebrates Women's Health at ELLE active 2019

    Jiahui Health was honored to support ELLE active 2019, a global forum dedicated to all things women and work. On June 2nd, more than 1000 women attended the event at Shanghai Tower to hear over 20 influential speakers share their insights on the balance between life, career, and health.Dr. Alexander Lin, Jiahui Health's Chief of OB-GYN and Director of Women's Health, was invited to speak about the inspiring relationships he has built with patients throughout his long career as a gynecologist.In more than 24 years of professional experience, Dr. Lin has empowered countless patients to take charge of their health, advised them on their private concerns, and become a trusted partner.In the first of three sessions, Dr. Lin shared some inspiring stories about patients he has cared for throughout their lifelong journey, including Angela, a patient who he treated as a girl, a young mother, and a grandmother, delivering her 5th child, 4 daughters, and grandson. "I'm honored to have witnessed Angela's family grow and develop," he said.In an educational talk on HPV infection and how it's treated, Dr. Lin touched on some of the historical stigma and sensitivity surrounding women's health issues and how access to professional, non-judgemental advice, as well as greater health awareness, can address that.In his third talk, Dr. Lin hit upon a relatively recent phenomenon in healthcare: self-diagnosis via the internet. "The internet makes information access easy," he said, "but it may not always give you professional or the most up-to-date information. That's why it's always better to check with a doctor, and a good relationship with a doctor can help you detect something you may have missed."Dr. Lin's talk hit the right note with audience members, many of who stayed behind to talk to him after the Q&A session had ended.Overall, the event was a resounding success in promoting the progress and development of women's health.At Jiahui Health, we believe that every woman who comes to our hospital is more than just a patient, they are a partner for life. Click here for more information about our Women's Health Services.
    2019-06-10

    Jiahui Health Launches Shanghai's First Clinical Teen Health Program

    Jiahui Health is launching a clinical teen health service this month. The Teen Health Program will be the first in Shanghai to provide specialized screening and follow-up care aimed exclusively at 12-17 year-olds, focusing on three key pillars of teen health: physical health, emotional wellbeing, and nutrition.Today more than ever, teenagers face an increasing risk of mental health problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016. Adolescent depression and suicide rates are on the rise worldwide. Statistics across the board point to a range of associations, including social media use, peer pressure, school-related stress, and lack of nutritional awareness, among others.“It’s difficult to keep an eye on everything your child gets up to,” says Dr. William Yu, Chief Pediatrician at Jiahui Health. “Adolescence is a time when young people begin to identify with their peers more than their parents, so communication can start to break down and it’s harder to see what’s going on under the surface.“Our aim is to pick up potential problems, resolve them before they get worse, and help teens to maintain their general health during these crucial formative years.”Jiahui Health’s Teen Health Program will provide a comprehensive screening service consisting of a physical examination and lab tests, an emotional health questionnaire and a nutritional questionnaire. After the screening, a referral to a nutritionist, psychologist, or other related medical specialist may be recommended, depending on the results. All teens who are signed up for the Teen Health Program receive one year free standard membership to Jiahui Wellness Center for themselves and family members. Teens who test positive in screening will get a 20% discount on a second consultation to address any issues raised.“The three areas we’re targeting are all important in their own right, but they’re also connected in complicated ways. For example, nutrition during adolescence is much more important than people think; it has a huge impact on overall physical and emotional health, as well as affecting sleep quality and concentration.“Teens are quite susceptible to behaviors like fad dieting, skipping meals, or overeating, which in turn affects their mood and their physical health. These behaviors are difficult to break out of, especially if they’re reinforced by the peer group and popular trends. So a big part of what we want to do with the Teen Health Program is health promotion as well as anticipatory guidance.”The Teen Health Program is the latest in a line of multidisciplinary services that Jiahui Health has launched since opening its first clinic in 2016. With a healthcare ecosystem that now consists of two clinics, an international hospital, and a wellness center, it remains committed to bringing affordable, international standard healthcare to China.“Every teenager deserves to reach if not exceed their potential,” says Dr. Yu. “We’re here to help remove the obstacles for them.”
    2019-05-17

    Jiahui Physicians Share Some Inspiring Words for Doctors Day

    It takes hours beyond measure and a lifetime of personal sacrifice to be a world-class doctor. Our physicians continually make the biggest sacrifices of all in their commitment to their patients, putting aside family time, anniversaries, birthdays, vacations, and weekends for the job. At Jiahui Health, we believe that great healthcare is about great people. That's why we want to mark this week's Doctor's Day by drawing attention to our doctors' inspiring dedication. They are more than just doctors, they are real-life superheroes.What drives our physicians to commit their lives to improving the lives of others? What makes Jiahui a special place to practice medicine? In their own words, our doctors share what inspires them to give their all:My mother is a nurse. She said, "you know, when you become a doctor, you have to remember that your time is not yours again. Patients want to see you, see your face, even just for a few minutes." I actually had a patient who said to me, "I will bring my kids in, and I want you to tell them that I'm gonna be OK." I think that's just so rewarding. Patients trust you so much, and that trust is really the most precious thing. - Ching Ho, MD, PhD - Chief of Breast Health, Co-director of Women's HealthJiahui is a special place in many ways. I feel its core values of Care, Quality, and Impact and its patients-first attitude everywhere. Jiahui allows me to be unencumbered by long-held traditions which are now obsolete and no longer best practice. There is no other place where we can start afresh and lead the way in providing modern healthcare to an entire population on such a magnificent scale. - Alexander Lin, MD - Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Women's Health We have four adopted children from China, so they have medical needs. We've spent a lot of time in hospitals here in China as well as in the US. So you learn to appreciate doctors and nurses that take the time with you and explain things. To me, it's rewarding and encourages me to continue doing the job when you can see patients at ease, make them comfortable, and complete the procedure successfully.- Ronald Beaudreau, MD, FACEP - Chief of Emergency Medicine   Most of the time, it is very difficult to change an established culture and improve the practice. Here at Jiahui, we all share the ambition to reach the very best in practice and care. We all have the years of experience and medical expertise to build up that culture. This is a real opportunity to accomplish our task.- Hilmi Omer Ayanoglu, MD - Chief of Anesthesiology   In the movies, doctors are depicted saving lives, and that's one of the things that first drove me to pursue a medical career. But in reality, being a doctor is more about making a difference in the day-to-day lives of patients. As a pediatrician, I'm involved with a patient's life from early on. Working with children is a constant source of inspiration to me; I'm able to not only look out for their physical wellbeing, but help them develop and achieve their full potential too.- William Yu, MD, PhD - Chief of PediatricsKnowing that my work brings hope and empowerment to people's lives and their future has motivated me to spend  thousands of hours listening and talking to patients with empathy. People sometimes ask me, "Why become a psychologist?" The answer is simple: as a psychologist, I help to empower people from within, and that also continually inspires me to be a better person.- Felice Soo, PsyD - Clinical PsychologistAs a family medicine doctor at Jiahui Health, I'm in a unique and privileged position to serve local and expat communities. Whether it's helping someone through a difficult situation or bringing a patient back to full recovery, the work is incredibly rewarding. Not only that, but I get to do it as a proud member of Jiahui Health - a hospital that cares.- Victoria King, MD - Family Medicine Physician Jiahui Health is a breath of fresh air in terms of its rigorous attitude to international medical standards. I'm inspired by our commitment to putting patients first and practicing evidence-based medicine based on ACOG [American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] guidelines.- Donaly Dong, MD - Obstetrician Every single day is an opportunity to help and serve the people who need our help.- Chien-Shing Chen - Executive Director of Jiahui International Cancer CenterFeeling inspired? Click here for more information about all of our doctors.
    2019-03-29

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