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    CPMC formalizes an agreement with China to develop a unique health care relationship

    Contact: Dean Fryer

    San Francisco, CA - September 22, 2014 - Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) CEO Warren Browner, MD, MPH today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nanfang Hospital, the major teaching affiliate of China’s Southern Medical University (SMU), to formally pursue a “Sister Hospital” relationship. CPMC is among the first hospitals in the United States to seek a health care relationship with medical centers in China.

    “We look forward to sharing best practices and seeking ways to help each other improve health and health care delivery. The agreement also opens the possibility of additional opportunities with SMU and Nanfang Hospital,” Browner said.

    San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee attended the MOU signing ceremony at City Hall, along with Browner and Dr. Wenyuan Li, president of Nanfang Hospital, which is located in the city of Guangzhou. This ceremony follows the signing of a “Sister State” agreement yesterday between Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov. Zhu Xiaodan of Guangdong Province.

    “San Francisco is the Innovation Capital of the World, and the exchange of ideas is critical to finding innovative solutions to today’s healthcare needs,” said Mayor Lee. “This agreement complements our City’s ongoing economic and cultural ties with China and the rest of Asia, particularly with a Chinese-American community that has strong family ties in Guangdong.”

    A separate agreement opens the possibility of a CPMC consulting role in the design and operation of a new hospital being developed in Shunde, about an hour from downtown Guangzhou.

    As the third-largest city in China, Guangzhou has more than 10 million residents and is expected to grow by about half a million people each year. Located in the Pearl River Delta region near the South China Sea, Guangzhou lies in the most economically dynamic region of China. The area is known as the center of advanced manufacturing and modern service industries, and as a center for international shipping, logistics, trade, conferences and exhibitions, and tourism.

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