24 September 2019
Cleveland Clinic’s Shanghai hospital takes shape as scale model is unveiled

Cleveland.com, 24 September 2019

The Cleveland Clinic and Luye Medical recently unveiled an architectural scale model of the Shanghai Luye Lilan Hospital.

The new hospital, set to open to patients in 2024, is the first project by Cleveland Clinic Connected, an international affiliation program the Cleveland-based system launched. Luye Medical is Cleveland Clinic Connected’s first partner.

The hospital will be located at the Shanghai New Hong Qiao International Medical Center and will focus on areas such as cardiology, digestive disease and oncology; improving clinical outcomes; performing technology-intensive complex surgeries; and providing a range of patient-centered medical services, according to the news release.

“The presentation of the architectural scale model for this project is the beginning of a new chapter in medical collaboration and practice both in China and in the United States. We look forward to working with Luye Medical to develop a premier patient-centered hospital that will build upon U.S.-China medical cooperation,” Clinic Chief Operating Officer Bill Peacock said in a prepared statement.

The scale model was developed by the Clinic, Luye Medical and Foster + Partners, a London-based architectural design and engineering firm. The hospital’s design is meant to incorporate a patient-centered health care philosophy and China’s landscaping elements “to create a medical space seamlessly connected with nature,” according to the release.

“This future hospital is a forward-looking experiment and breakthrough for us; it also represents a commitment from both Luye Medical and Cleveland Clinic to patients in China and around the world,” Liu Dianbo, chairman of the board of Luye Life Sciences Group, said in a prepared statement.

Singapore-based Luye Medical, an arm of Luye Life Sciences Group, owns and operates the Shanghai New Hong Qiao International Medical Center and oversees more than 50 health care organizations in China, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand. In China, Luye Medical operates in Shanghai, Yantai, Chongqing and Chengdu.

The partnership positions the Clinic on the ground floor of “Healthy Shanghai 2030,” a plan devised by the Shanghai government to make the city one of Asia’s top medical centers and a hub for science technology innovation by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The Shanghai New Hong Qiao International Medical Center was selected as a national pilot zone for medical reform, according to the release.

The international Cleveland Clinic Connected model furthers the Clinic’s already established affiliation program, through which it has partnerships across the U.S. The Clinic’s cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine programs have affiliations in more than 20 hospitals and health systems in the U.S.

The partnership with Luye Medical also gives the Clinic a presence in another major international city. The health system already has hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Toronto and plans to open a facility in London in 2021.