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 base
in Kansas City. Children's Mercy also has a relationship with the
Zhujiang, or Pearl River, Hospital, also in Guangzhou. We are
pursuing an opportunity of a formal management/consultative
services agreement with our colleagues there as they continue to
construct a brand-new 300-bed children's hospital to complement the
nearby 24-story 2,000-bed.
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. And, Children's Mercy recently added Guangzhou, China, as a
rotation within the hospital's residency program.
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. His presentation, along with his usual positive,
encouraging style, was so well received that, 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 the many
lessons they've learned from Children's Mercy.
During a visit to China in the spring of 2011, Randall L.
O'Donnell, PhD, president and CEO of Children's Mercy shared some
of his thoughts about the relationship with the Children's Mercy
staff through a blog. An excerpt is below:
On Thursday night, we had a sort of "reunion dinner" with
many of the physicians and nurses who have visited Children's Mercy
over the past several years. It was delightful to spend the evening
with so many friends and "extended family members" of Children's
... The staffs at both Guangzhou and Pearl River hospitals
have been so gracious and appreciative. Both are excited about
continuing to expand their relationships with Children's Mercy.
While we have enjoyed a partnership with Guangzhou for several
years now, I am struck by how, with our developing relationship
with the Pearl River Hospital, Children's Mercy has vastly expanded
its family in China.
Pearl River is eager to begin working with us - and not only
on scientific projects like our global Pediatric Genome Center.
They also want to share similar educational exchanges with us, just
like the Guangzhou Women and Children's Hospital does today, and
they want us to partner on the creation of the new Pearl River
Pediatric Hospital. It's extremely exciting. The notion of being
able to generate new revenue for Children's Mercy, while also
making a valuable contribution to pediatric care in China, is an
incredible opportunity for all of us.