World-class standards for clinical outcomes and patient safety are at the core of a landmark affiliation agreement signed today between Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) and Pacífico S.A. Entidad Prestadora de Salud (Pacífico Salud), a Lima, Peru-based subsidiary of Credicorp Ltd. (NYSE: BAP).
The collaboration focuses on a network of Peruvian hospitals, an oncology clinic, clinical and pathology laboratories, and outpatient centers that have recently been acquired by Pacífico Salud.
"This important endeavor is designed to raise the quality of health care services across a vast and committed corps of caregivers," says Steven J. Thompson, chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. "We believe that it will have significant long-term impact on Peruvian health care and are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues at Pacífico Salud, and to share our innovations and best practices with health care providers in this dynamic country and beyond."
Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed in Baltimore, USA, the two organizations will focus on health system strengthening through patient safety and operational and service efficiencies. Johns Hopkins experts will work together with their Peruvian colleagues in the development of clinical and patient services programs, infection control initiatives, and quality improvement processes. The affiliation will also focus on elevating nursing and introducing innovative care concepts.
The new collaboration also aims to create an enhanced infrastructure for the delivery of patient care. At the same time, it provides a viable platform from which to launch a number of public health-focused programs related to the prevention and early detection of non-communicable diseases.
Accreditation of the network hospitals, outpatient and laboratories will be another primary goal. Currently, there are no Joint Commission International-accredited hospitals in a nation with more than 30 million citizens.
"We are very proud to have signed this agreement. It represents a turning point in the history of Peruvian health care, allowing us to be one of the driving forces of its improvement," says Guillermo Garrido Lecca, general manager of Pacífico Salud. "Through our continued collaboration and knowledge transfer initiatives with a world leader in academic medicine, we aim to become the model for local and international health care institutions."
The affiliation agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine International is the first of its kind in Peru, one of Latin America's fastest growing economies. It also represents a major step forward for Pacífico Salud as it advances its leadership role in the Peruvian private health care realm.
The two organizations began their collaboration in 2012 with a series of activities that included an assessment of Pacífico Salud's health care facilities and an intensive training program for its leaders in health care finance and management. Pacífico Salud currently operates five inpatient facilities across the country.
About Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) facilitates the global expansion 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. JHI provides personalized, culturally appropriate care for patients traveling to Johns Hopkins from outside Maryland and the United States, and for local patients with limited English proficiency. JHI also leverages Hopkins' extensive knowledge base in medicine, nursing, public health, medical education, research and health care administration to improve health care delivery through sustainable, high-impact collaborations throughout the world.
About Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine unites the 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.
About Pacífico Salud
Pacífico Salud, a subsidiary of Pacífico Peruano Suiza, recognized as Peru's Best Insurance Company of the Year by World Finance, holds 46% market share of the country's health insurance industry. Pacífico's commitment to excellence in health care service has motivated the recent acquisition of hospitals in Lima and in the main cities of Peru, a specialized cancer treatment center, dental care facilities, clinical and pathology laboratories and house call care; resulting in one of the largest private health care provider systems of the country.