Saturday, April 26, 2008

Preparing for China, and more

I leave for Beijing, China on Friday, May 2 for two weeks of teaching management skills to about 140 hospital managers along with HDI founder, Dr. Rufi Macagba. Our 150-page training manual is translated and ready, and so are we. This will be an opportunity to bring organizational and management skills to those working in rural hospitals where the conditions are extremely challenging and the opportunities for making a difference are palpable. We'll be doing a five-day course in Beijing first, and then traveling to a city where the leaders of an 800-bed government hospital have asked for more intensive training.

In the past two weeks, another invitation to China has emerged from an altogether different source. The International Hospital Federation (Ferney, France) has invited HDI to return to Beijing in November for a four-day management course designed for managers of TB programs throughout China. This effort is supported, in part, by a grant from Eli Lilly and Company, the global pharmaceutical manufacturer. I'll be training trainers from four other continents in addition to the Chinese managers, and the workbook will be printed in Chinese, Spanish and French.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Report from Romania

We're in Pitesti, Romania for our annual meeting of the policy-making group for the Dr. Luca Medical Center. This time we're looking at plans for building a second building to more than double our capacity for services. Last year we had 73,000 ambulatory visits and this year we're on pace for over 90,000 visits - nearing the capacity of our current 13,000 square foot building. It has been an incredible journey to see this business grow in nine years from nothing, and now the next building will be about 16,000 square feet and financed locally with collateral from internal equity. Wow!

We also spent a few days in Galati near the Danube Delta to explore ways to stimulate the development of a husband/wife primary care practice linked with a local church. We were joined by four members of a partner church from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who commented at the conclusion of the trip that, "we would have wasted our time if [Ken/HDI] hadn't been there." There is an opportunity for a management consultant to continue in mentoring the team in Galati, so if you are interested, please reply to this blog or email me directly.

One more highlight of this trip is that a plan started to take shape for a health care management training conference in Romania. The details of time and place have yet to be determined, but there are three people from three different cities in the country who have expressed a desire to work together to make it happen. The five-day conference will help us identify and train potential mentors for future projects in Eastern Europe. HDI is on the move...