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Medical research

Medical research is an integral part of our institutional practice. While we do not have a dedicated research and development department, we actively encourage our multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals to undertake research initiatives in conjunction with their clinical practice. Our advanced medical facilities, wide patient base and clinical resources provide a robust research platform for our healthcare professionals. We strive to bring our patients advanced care and therapies through innovative medical research. We possess the capability and sophistication, in terms of medical facilities and personnel, to undertake significant medical research programmes that may improve our knowledge in the medical domain and ultimately the way our patients are treated. From time to time, our healthcare professionals publish research findings on peer-reviewed scientific journals, including international journals covered by the Science Citation Index (SCI), national core journals (全國核心期刊) and statistical source journals (統計源期刊). 

The research conducted at our hospitals has led to many technological breakthroughs. In June 2015, the invention of a transformable discectomy tool kit (一種可調型椎間盤切除刀套件) by a team of leading orthopaedic surgeons at Kanghua Hospital was successfully registered as a national patent (國家發明專利). The invention has significant applications in minimally invasive surgeries on the human spinal cord, which we believe will fill the medical capability gap in this respect in the PRC. Furthermore, a team of leading plastic surgery specialists at Kanghua Hospital pioneered the research in multi-detector CT assisted clinical application of prefabricated and pre-expanded super-thin perforator flaps in the reconstruction of extensive facial and cervical scars (MDCT輔助的預擴張超薄穿支皮瓣在面頸部大面積 瘢痕修復中的臨床應用研究). Such clinical application significantly improves the reconstruction of contours, facial features and emotion expressions of patients who have suffered from extensive facial and cervical scars. This research project has received numerous prestigious recognitions, including First Class Dongguan Science and Technology Award (東莞市科學技術獎一等獎) from the Dongguan Municipal Government in 2014 and Fuxing — China Association of Plastics and Aesthetics Science and Technology Award (復星•中國整形美容協會科學技術獎) from the China Association of Plastics and Aesthetics in 2016.

We believe collaboration is crucial in driving advancements in healthcare. We regularly organise internal and external seminars and national and international large scale academic conferences to promote the exchange of medical knowledge. These initiatives not only further our medical knowledge, but also contribute towards maintaining our standing and brand as an innovative and resourceful healthcare group. In search of the best treatments and cure for our patients, we are also engaged in long-term collaboration with renowned institutions such as the Aesculap Akademie GmbH (德國蛇牌學院), Macau Polytechnic Institute (澳門理工學院), the 301 Military Hospital (中國人民解放軍總醫院), the Beijing Jishuitan Hospital (北京積水潭醫院), the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (中山大學附屬第一醫 院), the Southern Medical University (南方醫科大學) and Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (廣 州中醫藥大學). Such collaboration involves the establishment of joint research bases, joint undertaking clinical trials, mutual training and development of healthcare professionals and sharing of medical facilities, clinical data and expertise. For example, Kanghua Hospital has established the International Clinical Base of Southern Medical University for Metabolic Diseases (南方醫科大學國際代謝病臨床基 地) in cooperation with Southern Medical University (南方醫科大學) to develop new treatments for metabolic diseases such as diabetes and conduct clinical trials of experimental treatments. Kanghua Hospital also has an international reach in cooperating with hospitals. In particular, Kanghua Hospital entered into a “Sister Hospitals in the Private Healthcare Sector in China and France” cooperation agreements (中法民營姐妹醫院合作協議) with each of Clinique du Valois (法國法羅斯醫院) and Polyclinique de l’Atlantique (法國大西洋醫院). Such collaboration generates mutual benefits through a wide array of technical exchange and management interaction. This allows us to study, learn and integrate international best practices into the clinical practices of Kanghua Hospital, where appropriate.

 

Medical education

In addition to medical research, we commit substantial clinical resources to teaching and training activities. In 2011, the teaching capability of Kanghua Hospital was comprehensively reviewed by a committee led by the Guangdong HFPC. Kanghua Hospital fulfilled a stringent set of criteria set out in The Eligibility Criteria for Teaching Hospitals of General Tertiary Medical Academic Institutions in Guangdong Province (廣東省普通高等醫學院校教學醫院評審合格標準), including teaching conditions, teaching management and teaching implementation, and became accredited as a “Teaching Hospital” (教學醫院) by the Guangdong HFPC. Kanghua Hospital is a training base for several medical teaching institutions, including the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (廣州中醫藥大學), Guangdong Medical University (廣東醫學院) and Guangdong Pharmaceutical University (廣東藥學院) and undertakes to provide comprehensive clinical internship and apprenticeship opportunities to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in various disciplines of medicine, medical technology and pharmacy. The medical interns benefit from a comprehensive teaching management system, dedicated clinical teaching areas and a wide patient base, which are essential for holistic clinical training. For each of the three years ended 31 December 2015 and the four months ended 30 April 2016, Kanghua Hospital trained approximately 199, 226, 239 and 61 interns of various disciplines. Kanghua Hospital also provides specialised clinical training and guidance to the core medical professionals from lower tier hospitals in an on-going effort to deepen our collaboration with such hospitals. To facilitate research and learning, each of Kanghua Hospital and Renkang Hospital maintains a dedicated medical library with extensive electronic resources to facilitate access.

We are committed to keeping our staff abreast of the latest developments in the healthcare industry by providing them with continuous education and assessments. We have developed a highly standardised and effective training and rotation programme and assessment procedures specifically designed for our resident doctors to ensure they acquire a solid clinical foundation and hands-on experience. From time to time, we organise academic conferences, workshops and participate in external academic functions. We identify and sponsor our staff with high development potential to undertake further studies and professional training in prestigious academic institutions and participate in industry conventions.

 

Social contribution

As encompassed in our motto “Empathic • Virtuous Medical Practice” (蒼生為念•厚德載醫), we regard social contribution as one of our core values. We pride ourselves on being a socially responsible private hospital operator. Our social contribution primarily takes the form of free or discounted medical assistance and education seminars.

We actively provide voluntary medical assistance directly to the unfortunate or underserved communities in society. For example, we have committed Kanghua Hospital towards an initiative of providing medical assistance to natural disaster relief efforts, orphans or children from families with limited means suffering from prevalent diseases such as cataract, cleft lip or palate (or harelip), leukaemia and congenital heart diseases. In particular, Kanghua Hospital is the designated hospital for the “Hope of Heart” project (心希望工程), which aims at treating children with congenital heart diseases in the Pearl River Delta Region. Since the inception of the “Hope of Heart” project from 2010 up to the Latest Practicable Date, Kanghua Hospital had provided medical assistance to over 300 children. This project is a substantial and meaningful undertaking that was recognised as one of the Top 10 Charitable Projects in Dongguan (東莞十大慈善項目) by the Dongguan Municipal Government in 2013. Since 2012, Kanghua Hospital has also provided medical assistance to over 400 cataract patients.

Targeted at the underserved communities in society, our hospitals also provide free consultancy, general examination, door-to-door follow up services and health education seminars on a monthly basis. Some of the charitable programmes our hospitals participate in are tangential to the promotion of our healthcare services. For example, Kanghua Hospital and Renkang Hospital regularly organise charitable programmes, including “Care for the Elderly” (關愛老人活動) for the promotion of geriatric services, “Health to a Thousand Companies” (健康進千企) for the promotion of hand and foot microsurgeries, “Care for the Children” (關愛兒童活動) for the promotion of paediatrics services, “Pink Ribbon” (粉紅絲帶活動) for the promotion of breast-related services and “Auditorium for Pregnant Women” (孕婦大講堂) for the promotion of O&G services.

In addition to voluntary medical assistance, we also aim to provide charitable donations to support disaster relief efforts from to time. In April 2013, Renkang Hospital organised a fund raising activity for the victims of the Sichuan Ya’an earthquake (四川雅安地震), pursuant to which Renkang Hospital and its staff collectively made a donation of approximately RMB0.5 million. Our social contribution efforts are highly regarded in the community and the healthcare sector. We believe such initiatives improve the lives of the underserved communities in society.