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Johns Hopkins Medicine International Signs Management Agreement With Panama's Hospital Punta Pacifica - 01/14/2009

Johns Hopkins Medicine International Signs Management Agreement With Panama's Hospital Punta Pacifica

William Beach Named Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Punta Pacifica
Release Date: January 14, 2009

January 14, 2009-  Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)—the Baltimore, Maryland, USA-based international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine—and Hospital Punta Pacífica (HPP) in Panama City, Panama, have entered into a seven-year agreement that gives JHI complete managerial oversight of the 75-bed hospital.

Under an earlier affiliation agreement signed in 2001, Johns Hopkins Medicine International has provided HPP with educational and consulting services, including a review of hospital architectural design, infectious disease and infection control workshops, evaluation and selection of medical imaging equipment, and specialty lectures for physicians. In addition, JHI has helped the hospital prepare for a future Joint Commission International accreditation survey and developed procedures to ensure patient safety as well as clinical programs in areas such as women’s health, orthopedics and plastic surgery.

Under the new agreement, JHI will expand its role to include management of the day-to-day operations and has appointed the following people to leadership positions at the hospital:

• William Beach, CEO
• Temitayo Ifafore, director of operations

“This expanded role puts us and Hospital Punta Pacífica firmly on the path toward our shared mission of raising the standard of health care in Panama and the surrounding region,” says Harris Benny, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “The ties back to Johns Hopkins’ extensive clinical, research and administrative expertise in Baltimore are clearly deepened through the presence of an integrated management team on the ground in Panama. This can only accelerate the progress and growth that both sides would like to see for the local community and beyond.”

William Beach most recently served as JHI’s on-site hospital administrator at Anadolu Medical Center (Gebze, Turkey), which has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine since 2002. In that executive leadership role, Mr. Beach led Anadolu’s quality and performance improvement effort and advised its board of directors and CEO on all aspects of operations and strategic planning.

“Johns Hopkins strongly supports the commitment of Hospital Punta Pacífica to community health education and charity care for those most in need,” says Mr. Beach. “We will work together to enhance our efforts in these areas and to ensure hospital safety and the development of new clinical services.”

Temitayo Ifafore most recently served as regional director for the Tigray Region Healthcare System of Ethiopia and special advisor to Ethiopian Medical Universities under the Clinton Foundation Hospital Management Initiative.

“The decision to expand our agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine International stems from our goal to guarantee higher standards of health care to the people of Panama. Our aims include earning Joint Commission Accreditation and putting in place quality control assurance processes,” says Camilo Alleyne, M.D., chairman of HPP’s board of directors. “We are confident that the new management team, guided by Johns Hopkins’ expertise, will help us achieve our mission to deliver the best care in the region.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine International oversees several clinical affiliations with hospitals abroad, including Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon; Clínica Las Condes in Santiago, Chile; Anadolu Medical Center in Gebze, Turkey, and Tokyo Midtown Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan. It also manages three hospitals (Tawam, Al Rahba and Al Corniche) owned by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) in the United Arab Emirates, and jointly owns and operates an oncology unit in Singapore’s Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine
A more than $4 billion enterprise, Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of the Johns Hopkins Health System.
The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine has provided international leadership in the education of physicians and medical scientists in biomedical research and in the application of medical knowledge to sustain health since The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889. The Johns Hopkins Health System includes three acute-care hospitals?The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital?which together provide an integrated health care delivery system.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) facilitates the global development of the Johns Hopkins Medicine mission: to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.

As the international access point to thousands of Johns Hopkins experts in medicine, nursing, public health and health care administration, JHI coordinates treatment for out-of-town patients who travel to Baltimore and for local patients with limited English proficiency. It also provides services in hospital management, health care consulting and clinical education through strategic alliances and affiliations in the Middle East, Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.

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