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McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has commenced a partnership with the Beijing Zhaode Healthcare Management Consulting Company.
This partnership aims to explore the viability of establishing high-quality hospitals and mental health networks in China that may provide a full range of mental health services, including telemedicine, online counseling, and world-class training programs.
David Li, PhD, CEO of Beijing Zhaode, voiced his concerns with the lack of mental health resources for families and children in China. He also expressed his overwhelming gratitude to be partnering with McLean. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for three years,” Li said. Li worked for the Bank of China before joining Beijing Zhaode.
Other delegate attendees included Li’s daughter Jasmine, who will be leading the health care arm of their business; Shen Peng, Beijing Zhaode project manager; and Lucy Kwan, COO of Beijing Zhaode.
Peng described the launch of the collaboration as “a historical and solid starting point.” He expressed his eagerness to begin working with McLean to find ways to help “individuals, families, and society.” Prior to Zhaode, Peng was the president and CEO of Evergrade Health Industry Group. Peng is a well-known expert in the medical device and data processing fields.
McLean has partnered with several other international entities, including the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu Dhabi in 2011. Through this partnership, McLean has helped promote the expansion of substance use treatment programs in the United Arab Emirates.
McLean also partnered with the Nehru Science Centre (NSC) and the Dr. N.S. Vahia Foundation to develop and host the “Exploring Brain and Mental Health” exhibit at the NSC in Mumbai, India, in February 2019.
“Together, we are seeking to better understand the mental health needs in China—specifically those of children and adolescents,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean Hospital’s president and psychiatrist in chief. “And through this collaboration, there is tremendous potential to make a profound positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in China who are affected by psychiatric disorders.”
Rauch added some final words to commemorate the new partnership.
“We look forward to building deep and enduring friendships throughout China,” said Rauch, “as we explore ways in which we can collaborate to improve care delivery, education, and research.”