5 December 2019 | Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) has launched a health science institute in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

The International Institute for Health Science was established in partnership with Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) and clinical training site, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.

“We chose to partner with Loma Linda University Health because of its worldwide reputation as an innovative and compassionate healthcare educator and provider,” said Wei Wei, PhD the ZUCC president according to a LLUH news story. “They are committed to the development of a new kind of health professional — one who models values of justice, compassion, humility, integrity, excellence, freedom and self-control.”

Starting in the fall of 2020, the partnership will allow medical and nursing students at ZUCC’s School of Medicine to gain further education in dental hygiene and respiratory therapy as part of the university’s bachelor of science degree academic programs. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2020.

Wei said that respiratory therapy has only been acknowledged as a medical occupation in China within the last 10 years.

“China is in great need of preventative dental care and lung disease treatment,” Wei said. “We look forward to establishing strong educational training programs in these areas.”

“We are beginning a new partnership that aims to impact education and healthcare across all of China,” said Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health.

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to over 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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