THE Shenzhen Pingle Orthopedic Hospital was handed over by the Zhengzhou Municipal Government to the Pingshan District Government during a ceremony held at Wuzhou Guest House on Wednesday, marking the first cross-province handover of a public hospital in China, the Daily Sunshine reported Thursday.
The ceremony was attended by government officials from both Shenzhen and Zhengzhou. Wu Yihuan, vice mayor of Shenzhen, said the handover of the hospital will fuel the development of traditional Chinese medicine and improve the clinical services in Shenzhen.
The hospital's founder, Guo Chunyuan, is the fifth successor of the "Pingle Guo Family's Bone-setting Therapy." Supported by the Zhengzhou government, Guo came to Shenzhen in 1985 seeking medical cooperation, and he founded the hospital in Shenzhen in 1986. The hospital has developed into a third-level grade-A hospital with over 650 employees over the past three decades.
The hospital was a public hospital administrated by the Zhengzhou government, but it was also a private hospital in Shenzhen. According to the agreement signed by both governments, all of the hospital's assets will be handed over to the Pingshan government for free, and the hospital's name will not be changed.
Additionally, the hospital will be relocated to Pingshan District, and the district government will provide financial support, deploy manpower and purchase equipment for the new hospital.
According to the district's plan, the new hospital in Pingshan will have 600 beds after phase I of construction, while 1,600 beds will be available after phase II. The hospital will have several treatment centers and be equipped with advanced medical facilities.
The bone-setting therapy developed by Guo's family is well-known for being an effective and less-painful treatment with a low recurrence rate. The therapy was included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage in 2008.