Kevin Zhang, MD, PhD and Vice President of Clinical Services Rose Kavalchuck welcomed Wang Weizhong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology to the Heywood Hospital Campus last month. Weizhong is also currently a New World Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. During his visit, the Vice Minister toured the Hospital's campus including the ICU, Laboratory, Watkins 1 and Watkins 2, and the Labor and Delivery Unit.
A long-time friend of Dr. Zhang, Vice Minister Weizhong focuses on rural healthcare as part of his position at China’s Science and Technology Ministry. He found the new technology at Heywood Hospital of particular interest, including our new MRI Center, CT technology, fetal monitoring and eICU program in conjunction with UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Through the research and application of new technologies such as these, Vice Minister Weizhong hopes to improve the healthcare services available to residents of rural areas in China.
According to Dr. Zhang, Vice Minister Weizhong was very impressed, not only with the technology he found here in a rural setting at Heywood Hospital, but also with the knowledge and helpfulness of staff with which he came in contact.
“How interesting and impressive that the work we are doing here at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA, may help healthcare professionals across the globe in rural provinces of China to improve the services offered to their patients,” stated Win Brown, president & CEO of the hospital. “We are always open and eager to meet with physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and world. Working together, we can offer better healthcare to our community for years to come.”
Heywood Hospital is an independent, community-owned, non-profit 134-bed acute-care hospital located in Gardner, MA. Heywood Hospital provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, transitional care and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care. In addition to the main campus, Heywood Hospital has two satellite facilities, the Winchendon Health Center in Winchendon and the Heywood Rehab Center in Gardner, as well as a number of primary care practices in the region. Heywood Hospital also operates a school-based health center, the Murdock Health Center at the Murdock Middle High School in Winchendon.