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Pacífica Salud Renews Affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International - 08/24/2017

Pacífica Salud Renews Affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International

The 10-year agreement comes as Pacífica Salud embarks on development of a new hospital in the Costa del Este region of Panama City, Panama
Release Date: August 24, 2017

Pacífica Salud recently renewed a 10-year affiliation agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Under the agreement, Johns Hopkins—a global leader in academic health care—will continue providing consulting services in the areas of clinical program and staff development, quality, and patient safety. The signing of the agreement culminates a milestone year for the renowned medical center in Panama, as Pacífica Salud breaks ground on the site where it plans to develop a new hospital in Costa del Este, Panama City, Panama.

Pacífica Salud has a long-standing affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International to develop training and health care quality improvement programs in both hospitals. “I am confident the decision to renew our agreement will bring tremendous benefit, not just to our organizations, but more importantly to the families who rely on Pacífica Salud for the highest standards of medical prevention and treatment,” says Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Through the affiliation, and in keeping with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission—to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care—Pacífica Salud continues to raise the standard of health care in Panama and the region.

The agreement aligns with the recent announcement of the creation of Pacífica Salud, a network of medical services that positions the organization as one of the premier health care providers in Panama. “Johns Hopkins shares our vision of elevating the standard of care for the Panamanian people,” says Jacobo Cohen, M.D., president of Pacífica Salud’s board of directors. “The affiliation has enabled us to materialize this vision and now, through the creation of Pacífica Salud and the development of Hospital Costa del Este, we see it expanding, and it is truly exceeding our expectations.”

The relationship with Johns Hopkins Medicine International began in 2001, with the goal of enhancing the delivery of world-class medical education and developing new clinical services to raise the standard of health care in Panama. Since then, the affiliation has resulted in milestones and accomplishments, like the first heart transplant in Panama, performed in April 2016 at Hospital Punta Pacífica. Clinical initiatives that have also come to fruition are the new stroke program and the newly inaugurated pediatric emergency department. Other programs in hospital medicine, physician education and nursing leadership development continue to expand.