Public Release:  Johns Hopkins Medicine and Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá collaboration to focus on research, nursing

Johns Hopkins Medicine

An expansion of collaborative projects involving Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá (FSFB), one of Colombia's premier health care institutions, and Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) will continue for another 10 years under an agreement signed Feb. 18, 2013, in Baltimore, USA. The collaboration agreement detailing joint efforts in research and nursing, among other areas, was signed by Steven J. Thompson, chief executive officer of JHI, and Juan Pablo Uribe, chief executive officer of FSFB.

"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with one of Colombia's most prestigious medical institutions as it expands its clinical and research work," says Thompson. "We are especially delighted that research projects and nursing initiatives will be at the core of this work. We are proud to be part of FSFB's efforts to enhance health care delivery, patient safety and education in the region."

The two health care leaders' initial collaboration agreement, signed in 2011, focused on training and clinical services programs. Under the new, 10-year agreement, Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty and experts will share their expertise to enhance FSFB's emergency department, physician training, leadership initiatives for nurses and hospital expansion. The relationship will provide opportunities for joint research in intensive care and urology. Facilities design, patient safety, and quality improvement projects will also be emphasized.

Additionally, Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty and experts will participate in FSFB's visiting professorship program and host observerships and joint symposia for physicians and health care leaders.

"Our collaboration with JHI is a source of great pride and promise for FSFB as we strive to improve health in Colombia," says Uribe. "Like our colleagues at Johns Hopkins, we are committed to providing outstanding, safe patient care, and to educating and training the next generation of Colombian health care leaders. We are confident that this active knowledge exchange will help us strengthen our mission of being one of Latin America's most respected health care institutions."

Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, founded in 1972, is a private, not-for-profit organization. It owns the 205-bed University Hospital, the first Joint Commission International-accredited hospital in Bogotá and second in the country. In addition, FSFB provides undergraduate and graduate medical training, performs research projects and conducts public health programs in cooperation with the Universidad de los Andes.

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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 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 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, business and health care administration to provide services in hospital management, health care consulting and clinical education through strategic alliances and affiliations throughout the world.

About Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá (FSFB)

FSFB is one of the leading health care institutions in Colombia. Founded in 1972 in Bogotá as a private not-for-profit organization with no owners and shareholders, all net profit is reinvested in FSFB's human and capital development. FSFB is also affiliated with the Universidad de los Andes, one of the best private universities in Colombia and leading medical school. FSFB's teaching hospital, one of six units, was the first Joint Commission International-accredited hospital in Bogotá and the second in the country. In addition to the clinical activities in the hospital, FSFB provides undergraduate and graduate medical training, conducts health research projects and implements public health programs. Since its creation, FSFB has been committed to offering the highest quality of care to its patients and families. Its ethical standards, forefront in technology, complex procedures, research and education opportunities have gained FSFB recognition in Colombia and internationally.

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