New Hospitals and Medical Infrastructure in Shanghai, China

Healthcare for many Chinese citizens is free through government-supported insurance schemes, but quality is an ongoing issue in some regions. Learn the best info about Shanghai medical infrastructure.

Shanghai’s hierarchical medical policy significantly enhanced local medical resource allocation and capacity in pilot districts but had different results across central and suburban districts due to district-fixed and year-fixed variables.

1. The People’s Hospital of China

People’s Hospital of China stands as a landmark hospital for medical services. Comprised of two high-rise inpatient buildings and a podium building for outpatient, D& T departments and equipped with 64-slice spiral CTs, 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging machines, and an angiography device, its oncology department was honored with the Provincial Team Award of Medical Innovation 2016.

The design is guided by principles that prioritize people-orientation, technology-driver efficiency, innovativeness, and energy saving to create a distinctive medical campus for outpatient, research, teaching, and inpatient care. The architecture features unusual architectural forms while its multidimensional landscape seamlessly merges it with the northern plot.

People’s Hospital of China is one of the tertiary hospitals run by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau. At The Hospital, various clinical specialties stand out, such as neurosurgery and oncology – two specialties that won awards from municipal clinical medical centers; urology, gastroenterology, and gynecology, which won district-level clinical medical centers awards; as well as respiratory medicine/pulmonary medicine/endocrinology/metabolism/general surgery which received provincial/ministerial/bureau-level science and technology progress prizes. The hospital has over 3,200 staff, including two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Engineering as well as over 100 doctors with advanced degrees, among them two academicians who belong to either academic societies; over 291 scientific research projects at national, provincial/ministerial, bureau and regional levels as well as 101 invention patents and 1083 utility model patents have been completed by it.

2. Jiahui International Hospital

Jiahui International Hospital aims to offer its patients an unparalleled hospital experience, featuring cutting-edge facilities and an innovative healthcare system. Situated in Downtown Shanghai’s Xuhui District and co-branded with Massachusetts General Hospital, the 500-bed tertiary hospital boasts global expertise through partnerships with overseas medical resources as well as domestic 3A hospitals – providing residents of Shanghai access to global healthcare expertise.

At Jiahui Hospital, clinical services include Jiahui International Cancer Center, Women’s Health, Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine, as well as advanced medical equipment and research collaborations. Intelligent systems support staff in providing quality patient care; its advanced air purification system reduces PM2.5 levels to help protect against viral infection, while its hardware/software innovations allow staff to focus more fully on patients.

One key feature of the hospital is its cross-discipline treatment planning process that brings together medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists to create tailored plans for each patient. As one of China’s first such processes, this allows Chinese residents to access international healthcare without leaving home.

NBBJ’s intuitive design of a hospital was informed by research on healthcare environments and biophilia, as well as user insights to ensure a safe and efficient workspace. As such, their high-tech healing environment offers positive benefits to both patients and staff alike.

3. Pudong Medical Center

The Pudong Medical Center in Shanghai is the city’s largest hospital. Designed by RTKL architects and opened to serve its local population’s need for high quality, fair, accessible, convenient healthcare services, providing primary, secondary, and tertiary health services across its service area.

The center boasts state-of-the-art equipment and provides a wide variety of specialist services, such as anesthesiology, cardiology, hematology, neurology, gastroenterology, urology, plastic surgery rehabilitation, and sports medicine. As well as treating patients directly, the center also trains medical students and researchers.

At the heart of the Lujiazui trading area is this hospital, surrounded by skyscrapers and conveniently situated by the subway stop ‘Jimo Road’ on Line 6. One of the few Class C hospitals with international-standard research departments, its extensive wards and proximity to Western medical associations such as GE Health Care and Abbott make this hospital an invaluable asset in China’s medical industry.

As per Shanghai’s 13th Five-Year Plan, regional hospitals such as Changzheng Medical Center will expand their role to support outer communities by providing experts and training, advanced equipment, and improved diagnostics services. Thus creating hubs of local medical infrastructure while improving healthcare in rural communities.

4. Shanghai International Medical Center

Gresham Smith designed this state-of-the-art medical campus and shared facility for this sizeable private enterprise as part of an international competition to master plan Shanghai’s future world-class medical city. Their design includes energy recovery strategies such as high-performance facades that increase insulation while mitigating solar gain to lower cooling loads, while numerous green roofs filter runoff, contributing to its park-like setting.

Shanghai International Medical Center not only offers general and specialty clinics but is home to cutting-edge medical technologies like CAR-T therapy for blood diseases, organ rehabilitation, spinal cord injury treatment, anti-aging procedures, and facial anti-aging procedures; additionally offers laparoscopic surgery, gynecological laparoscopic surgery as well as microsurgery. One of its first innovative features was accepting health insurance payments as partial reimbursement of services provided at its hospital.

The local healthcare ecosystem is complex. Over time, governmental departments at municipal and district levels have played a leading role in overseeing local medical institutions through two-tier regulatory hierarchies that offer more effective control mechanisms than Hong Kong and Taipei’s one-tiered systems; moreover, professional organizations play an integral role in supervising local medical institutions.

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