Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada is in Asia for the next few days to meet with several different hospitals in China and Korea to discuss and sign memorandums of understanding (MOUs). Initially, Swedish has signed an MOU with CongraMarie Hospital Group (consisting of nine hospitals including Maria Maternity) headquartered in Shanghai.
These partnership discussions will focus on working together to improve the health and well-being of their respective patient populations, ongoing development of the medical community and medical treatments, and sharing of expert-to-expert learning.
Directors from various Swedish institutions including the Swedish Cancer Institute and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute are in attendance with Mr. Armada to begin discussions with respective leaders from the local Chinese and Korean hospitals.
Initiatives will include, but not be limited to, collaboration on research projects, exchange of caregivers for long-term and short-term training opportunities, and ongoing ideation on various medical treatments and health care delivery.
“It is very important that we continue to create and cultivate partnerships with health system leaders abroad,” said Mr. Armada. “Not only can we can continue to learn from and innovate with each other on best practices in clinical and hospital care, but this will also help Swedish and Providence Health & Services better ensure that we are remaining culturally responsive to the needs of our Chinese and Korean patients who live in or travel to the communities we serve.”
During this trip, Swedish is also participating as a healthcare representative on Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s trade mission to Korea. As part of this mission, Mr. Armada will participate in a breakfast briefing to discuss technology in healthcare with Gov. Inslee and U.S. Embassy officials.