United Family Healthcare and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Launch US–China Healthcare Partnership

United Family Healthcare (UFH), the leading provider of private healthcare in China and Mongolia, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the multi-specialty academic health science center, have announced a partnership that increases access in China to specialized clinical expertise, training, and research from the United States.

UFH and Cedars-Sinai physicians will consult on cases across the spectrum of adult and pediatric specialties, providing second opinions and an integrated referral pathway for patients requiring transfer overseas. UFH and Cedars-Sinai also will serve as rotation sites for each other’s clinicians and functional area managers. The two institutions will jointly conduct conferences and symposia, selecting international research to address China’s medical priorities and engaging a global audience of clinicians.

“Cedars-Sinai is excited about collaborating with United Family Healthcare. Best practices in medicine should not be limited by borders and this partnership, between two outstanding healthcare systems, will enable us to achieve the best outcomes possible for all of us” said Spencer Koerner, MD, Medical Director of the Center for International Health at CSMC.

“Our alliance with Cedars-Sinai is a great resource for our patients and clinicians,” said Roberta Lipson, President and CEO of United Family Healthcare. “We are delighted to partner with an organization which shares our values and is a leader in medical innovation,” continued Lipson.

The collaboration ranges from real-time case management to academic discussion. “We look forward to seeing the professional relationships and exchanges between colleagues at Cedars-Sinai and UFH grow” said David Rutstein, MD, MPH, Vice President of Medical Affairs at UFH. “Each side brings a unique perspective on the needs of the patient and how optimal outcomes can be achieved.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers the newest treatments for the most serious diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, among others. Healthcare is customized to fit each patient’s needs and medical condition. For Chinese patients, a personal nurse and a Chinese language interpreter are on staff to help navigate through episodes of medical care and to support the family along the way.

“Cedars-Sinai is known around the world for outstanding medical care built on decades of innovation and research,” explained Thomas M. Priselac, president and chief executive officer. “From advanced diagnostic tests and new cancer treatments to heart transplants, brain surgery and innovative clinical trials, Cedars-Sinai has expert physicians and scientists who are leading the quest for new medical treatments.”

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