Chengdu, China (April 22, 2016) Today's focus was our discussion and negotiation with the SPPH team on the plan to build an eye hospital in Chengdu - an international eye hospital that would facilitate surgical training in addition to providing high volume care. The strategy is to create a facility with Western style residency training, provide care for a large and growing expat community in Chengdu, provide high volume cataract surgery in support of the blindness prevention programs for the province. The initial part of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing past failed attempts to get the project going and rapidly turned to the SPPH interest in proceeding definitively with a hospital. Initially, we had discussed simply establishing a hospital wing for it, but given space constraints, the decision has been to push forward with Phase 2 - the International Eye Hospital. Space considerations are of prime concern on the SPPH side so our attention was directed at three facilities to consider - all independent buildings around the new expanding and very modern Tianfu Section of Chengdu. We toured two of the facilities (Dr. Farris and the team had seen the first facility) and noted the pros and cons of each
place and gave SPPH our feedback. One of the locations was a block from the Global Center - the largest building in the world. SPPH administration hosted an amazing traditional Sichuan dinner with musical entertainment...a great night of fun and fellowship with the teams.
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America to support development of blindness prevention programs including clinical care, educational exchanges and research activities - coordinated through a team of amazing eye care professionals in government, academic, private practice and international non-governmental organization (INGOs) settings across the globe. All in the pursuit of eliminating avoidable blindness and vision loss. ... full info