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Riley Hospital for Children & Capital Institute of Pediatrics become international sister hospitals
Date:4/17/2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a move that will benefit children of both countries, Riley Hospital for Children, one of the premier childrens hospitals in the United States, and the highly regarded Capital Institute of Pediatrics of Beijing, China, have formalized a longtime relationship by officially becoming international sister hospitals.

Modeled on the concept of international sister cities, the formal linkage of hospitals in two countries is much rarer. As international sister hospitals, the two institutions will take a decade of experience with exchange of faculty members to new levels, benefiting medical care for children in both nations.

This new relationship offers an opportunity for faculty physicians from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics to come to Riley Hospital to receive further training in their disciplines, observe our medical staff and take back to China new techniques and medical knowledge. And Riley physicians will lecture and conduct research at the Capital Institute, bringing new ideas home with them, said Howard Eigen, M.D., director of pediatric pulmonology and critical care at Riley Hospital and Billie Lou Wood Professor of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Capital Institute sees nearly a million outpatients every year. If we can help Capital Institute improve care in any way we are making an incredible difference in the lives of Chinese children. And children in the United States will benefit from studies we are working on together, including one on pulmonary function in preschoolers currently underway, said Dr. Eigen.

The invitation to form the international sister hospitals relationship was initiated by Fan Maohuai, M.D., dean of the Capital Institute. Dr. Fan and his colleague Dr. Chen Yuzhi, director of pulmonary medicine at the Capital Institute, have worked with Riley physicians over the past decade and were eager to both formalize and amplify the relationship.

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317-274-7722
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