An outpatient clinic will replace the shuttered Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Chinatown, marking the second time a group led by Chinese doctors has rescued the historic hospital property from closure. In Chinatown, the news was met with relief. More than 2, elderly Asian Americans live in Chinatown, and many of them relied on the nearby hospital for medical care. The new ownership group plans to build an outpatient facility with an urgent care, a surgery center, a radiology department, a lab, and rooms for multiple medical specialties, said Allied Pacific Chairman Kenneth Sim.
Suqian in Jiangsu province and Luoyang in Henan were previously considered the best examples of market-oriented reform of public hospitals in China. But the local governments of both places recently took steps to reverse the process after years of mixed results and failed transformations. The moves are a far cry from the optimism of February — the high point for the market-reform experiment. That month, a group of ministries including the former Ministry of Health jointly launched hospital reform pilot programs in 16 cities including Kunming and Luoyang.
Chinatown’s only hospital will reopen as an outpatient clinic
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