special "sister hospital" relationship with Guangzhou Women and
Children's Hospital, Children's Mercy is making a difference in the
quality of care for children half a world away from our home in Kansas City. Children's Mercy also has a relationship with the
Zhujiang, or Pearl River, Hospital, also in Guangzhou.
As part of these relationships, Children's Mercy is sharing its
expertise in such issues as Child Life, Quality Improvement,
medical education, nursing education, psycho-social care and health
care management. The relationship began in 2003 and, since then,
Children's Mercy has hosted at least 20 Chinese physicians, several
administrative fellows and two nurses at Children's Mercy.
Likewise, over the years, about 20 Children's Mercy physicians,
nurses and administrators have traveled to China to learn and
share. Children's Mercy also recently added Guangzhou, China, as a
rotation within the hospital's residency program.
Sharing Our Expertise
In China, most hospital administrators have outstanding clinical
skills but are eager to gain core business and leadership skills.
This is where Children's Mercy's CEO Randall L. O'Donnell, PhD, has
had a significant influence. He has made several trips to
Guangzhou, each time spending hours giving lectures, teaching,
training and encouraging Guangzhou's administrators, physicians and
nurses with his insights on leadership development, the
psychosocial aspects of patient care and the business of health
In fact, Dr. O'Donnell was the first American CEO of a
children's hospital invited to the Chinese's pediatric CEO
conference. In 2009, when the
CEOs met again in conjunction with the opening of the new
children's hospital in Guangzhou, Dr. O'Donnell again was asked to
share his message. In these settings, Dr. O'Donnell and Children's
Mercy are not only influencing pediatric care in Guangzhou, but all
across China as these CEOs take back to their institutions lessons they've learned from Children's Mercy.