By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou
The launch of Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center, a private hospital, in 2021 was made possible due to reforms launched in China's healthcare system more than a decade ago, its President Qian Chaonan said.
Qian, a professor and former vice-president of Guangzhou-based Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, had in 2008 participated in the formulation of one of the editions of the national healthcare system reform and the Health China 2020 plan. The use of nonpublic capital in building hospitals was included in the plan, in order to address the issue of insufficient medical resources, especially in specialized hospitals.
Subsequently, a leading public cancer center in Guangzhou and Concord Healthcare Group Co, affiliated to NYSE-listed Concord Holdings, signed an agreement in 2010 to jointly build a new cancer hospital.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the process, which included the construction of a proton therapy center and the installation of the proton radiation therapy system, the most advanced equipment of its kind in South China, Qian said.
It took 81 containers to transport the proton therapy equipment from abroad. More than 100 engineers spent over two years to complete the installation and commissioning of the proton system, he said.
The new hospital is designed and managed in accordance with international standards, in cooperation with renowned US medical institutions, the MD Anderson Cancer Center affiliated with the University of Texas, and the Mayo Clinic, Qian said.
The high operating room standards as well as its cutting-edge intensive care units and wards help reduce the length of patient stays by minimizing in-hospital infections and improving patients' sleep, among other measures. This leads to lower spending, both by patients as well as medical insurance providers, he said.
The hospital is also dedicated to providing precise treatment for the well-being of patients, such as maximizing breast-conserving therapy for breast cancer patients and minimizing potential harm to the hearts of those who undergo radiotherapy.
Some children awaiting marrow transplants in other hospitals in Guangzhou are transferred to the Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center for marrow purging beforehand, which helps boost the success rate of the transplant.
The hospital also provides consultancy services to cancer patients from across the country. Treatment plans for complicated cases are translated into English and sent to US partners for review.
Li Zuofeng, chief physicist of the radiotherapy department and deputy director of the proton therapy center at the hospital, said his goal is to provide world-leading healthcare services to patients.
Li was the chief physicist of the proton center at the University of Florida before joining the hospital. He is planning to build a base for both online and in-person training, as well as a clinical research system for the hospital.
The hospital will be expanded with a second phase beside its location in Huangpu district.
Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center has received many visitors from other medical institutions in the country and shared its experience.
Qian believes the ideas applied in the hospital, such as single-bed hospital rooms and precise pathological analysis, will be gradually promoted nationwide with the rapid development of the country.
Meanwhile, Concord Healthcare Group Co, which operates three cancer hospitals and three clinics in the country, submitted in January for a second time a prospectus to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
广州泰和肿瘤医院院长钱朝南表示，起源于十多年前中国医疗体制改革，广州泰和作为一家民营医院于 2021 年正式开业。
钱朝南教授是原中山大学肿瘤防治中心副院长。曾于 2008 年参与中国医疗体制改革以及健康中国 2020 计划。为了解决医疗资源不足的问题，特别是专科医院匮乏，医改专家们建议运用非公资本去建设高水平医院。
随后，纽约证券交易所上市企业 —— 泰和诚医疗集团于 2010 年在广州签署协议，决定建设一家新型的肿瘤专科医院，即广州泰和肿瘤医院。
整套质子治疗设备的零部件是动用了 81 个集装箱才运抵广州。100 多名国际工程师花了两年多的时间才完成质子系统的安装和调试。
医院设计得很好，与美国著名医疗机构德克萨斯大学 MD 安德森癌症中心和妙佑医疗国际深度合作，并严格按照国际管理标准去运行。钱教授补充道。
广州泰和还为来自全国各地的癌症患者提供 MDT 会诊咨询服务。病情复杂的患者的各种资料将被翻译成英文并发送给美国的合作伙伴去评判。
与此同时，美中嘉和医学技术发展集团股份有限公司 (Concord Healthcare Group Co .) 运营着三家医院。今年 1 月，美中嘉和医学技术发展集团股份有限公司 (Concord Healthcare Group Co .) 第二次提交了招股说明书，拟在香港交易所上市。
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