October 08, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
A unique collaboration between Yatsuo General Hospital in Toyama, Japan and Hillsboro’s Tuality Healthcare entered its 21st year on Monday with the arrival of eight Japanese health care workers poised to learn the latest trends in American medicine.
The group spent a restful Sunday touring the Columbia River Gorge before embarking on a week’s worth of hospital sessions to learn medical best practices from their Tuality co-workers. The group, led by Dr. Hisatake Fujii, MD, PHD, the CEO of Yatsuo General, includes four doctors, three nurses and an occupational therapist.
Tuality CEO Dick Stenson was on hand to greet the visitors before conducting an orientation session to explain Tuality Healthcare’s facilities and the week ahead. Sharing best medical practices in your own country is one thing, Stenson said, but discussing patient care in another country and another culture is something altogether different.
The exchange program began in 1992 and has become an annual occurrence with the two hospitals trading host duties. Most of the visitors will be staying with Tuality employees to get a taste of life in the Portland metro area.
The visit is all about learning how to take better care of patients in a hospital setting and includes stops at Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County, the Multnomah County Free Clinic, Oregon Health & Science University and the Hillsboro Eye Clinic.
The visitors have a full schedule throughout the rest of the week before heading to Portland International Airport on Friday for the long flight back to Japan.