LHSC’s CSTAR announces expansion of its programs into China


For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2010

(LONDON, Ontario) –.

London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics) announced this morning an international expansion of its programs in collaboration with West China Hospital (WCH), one of the world’s largest acute care facilities. Situated in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, WCH has over 4300 beds. In 2009, it performed over 69 000 in patient-surgeries and treated over 2.73 million outpatients.

A memorandum of understanding between CSTAR and WCH was described at the semi-annual CSTAR Industry Roundtable that took place at the London Convention Centre. Part of this agreement is for CSTAR to provide education and expert support to help WCH become accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

"My colleagues at West China Hospital are committed to the international standards of patient care quality and safety. CSTAR’s simulation training expertise will provide West China Hospital with the means to attain this standard,” says Dr. John Denstedt, Chair/Chief Department of Surgery, The University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.

CSTAR also announced it is collaborating with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to establish a CSTAR office at West China Hospital. The purpose of this office is to facilitate medical device research, validation and training. “London is uniquely positioned to market highly specialized services such as device validation because it can provide access to high quality patient care, advanced medical academics and research that is done collaboratively between hospitals and the university. I see CSTAR’s role as not only providing the means to validate medical devices, but to bring together and strengthen partnerships between organizations who share a common interest in advancing safe patient care,” explains John Parker, Director of CSTAR.

CSTAR and West China Hospital are both preparing a joint CSTAR-WCH Industry Roundtable that will be held in November at West China Hospital. Participants to the CSTAR Industry Roundtable currently include senior industry, academic, and government representatives from Canada, China, Israel, Sweden and the United States. Its purpose is to create a transparent venue for representatives to explore relevant and innovative opportunities that are mutually beneficial.

"The partnership between CSTAR and West China Hospital signals international expansion of CSTAR’s programs and services into China. This positions CSTAR, LHSC and London as international leaders in medical device research and validation. It also provides us opportunity to expand our successful model for education and simulation training,” adds Cliff Nordal, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Center.


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics) is Canada’s national centre for developing and testing the next generation of minimally invasive surgical and interventional technologies and techniques, including robotics. CSTAR trains the surgeons of the future and shares expertise around the world. Building on world and national firsts pioneered by surgeons in London, CSTAR was launched in December 2001. CSTAR is a collaborative research program of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), The University of Western Ontario (Western) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s).
Visit CSTAR today at www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/CSTAR/

About West China Hospital
For more information about West China Hospital, visit http://eng.cd120.com/

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Stephan Beckhoff
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London Health Sciences Centre
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