Chengdu, Sichuan, China (May 25, 2019) Following our team’s final presentation at the meeting we met with the hospital VP and Chair of the Ophthalmology department to discuss how to advance the eye hospital. The consideration was given to do it in an existing facility that is owned or under the SPPH control, but not actually in the main hospital as space is highly sought commodity. There were two suggestions: one a recently built (6 years old) nursing school in the Tianfu region of Chengdu, which is the high tech, high growth area. It was a ten story building on a campus setting with other dorm and cafeteria buildings associated with it. Some of the space was well suited for some inpatient services, but there would need to be a general remodel of the space. Access to the building was not ideal for a patient population and parking was limited as well. The second facility was on the north west side of Chengdu, about a 40-minute drive from the current main hospital. This was a newly constructed hospital on an Allied Health training campus called the Chengdu Railway Health School. The School has been there since 1947, but the hospital was
finished a year ago and never occupied. It was designed by a German team and consists of two sections: inpatient and outpatient buildings. The inpatient side is ten stories and has 800 beds, the outpatient side is a four story building. It was well designed, with high end finishing on the inside and had a radiology department, conference center, 19 operating rooms and ample space for clinics, pharmacy, diagnostic services, optical shop and ancillary services. The operating rooms were on the top floor, spacious, well designed and seemed to support a logical workflow. They had a large lecture hall/conference center with several smaller attached meeting rooms and a large board room. It was an impressive $100M facility that puzzling to us was sitting empty, but also was available for immediate startup. This facility seemed better suited for our goals although in general the location was more challenging. The emerging subway system has a stop very near the hospital and one of the train lines also passes very near the facility. The surrounding area is already being developed as a retirement community.
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