Through a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations, they agreed to develop a collaborative relationship in the areas of clinical and administrative training, physician exchanges, enhancing the continuum of care and other joint opportunities. This is PIM’s first affiliation with a European hospital, although PIM has an extensive network of affiliations established in the Caribbean and Mexico.
The VUH SK -- PIM Health Gateway initiative creates the means to share medical knowledge and technology while working to improve the accessibility to highly skilled care to the community. These organizations jointly will explore specific programs striving to enhance overall healthcare in both Philadelphia and Vilnius/Lithuania.
“This MOU marks PIM’s expansion into Europe, and we are honored to link with one of the largest academic medical centers in the Baltic region,” said Leonard Karp, president and CEO of PIM. “We look forward to exchanges and that will improve the quality of health care both in Lithuania and in Philadelphia. One of our first projects together will be sharing medical information through PIM’s live online medical lecture series, Global Education Media (GEM).”
“PIM is looking forward to working with Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos
to build a professional relationship not only with their physicians, but also with the community they serve in Lithuania,” Karp explained.
Karp said Lithuanian Honorary Consul Krista Bard was instrumental in bringing the two organizations together. “The first Lithuanians came to the United States via Pennsylvania, and the Lithuanian diaspora community here is one of the largest and most active in the world, proudly working to facilitate exchanges in excellence, particularly in life sciences. It is an honor to partner with Philadelphia International Medicine: sharing a vision of healing, providing better care for our people, and creating a future of vitality. We hold our friendship with Philadelphia International Medicine in the highest regard, and know that our collaborations will enrich lives of those involved and those served,” said Lithuanian Honorary Consul General Krista Butvydas Bard.
During this ongoing partnership, PIM will offer VUH SK physicians with access to medical education, medical training, innovative uses of technology and coordinated comprehensive patient care. PIM agreed to lay the foundation by identifying specific opportunities and initiatives involving cooperative programs in research, education, training, clinical referrals, marketing and administration. This collaboration will facilitate a relationship between the VUH SK and PIM health networks, its affiliated hospitals and members to provide a better understanding of each party’s culture, communities and norms.
“We strongly believe that this friendship with world-renowned hospitals of Philadelphia, embedded into an inspiring and flourishing environment of Pennsylvania’s, “Cellicon Valley”, will lead us not only to the improvement of healthcare services for our patients today, but also to promising future research and development projects for the sake of healthcare of future generations,” said Dr. Birute Tumiene of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos.
The MOU specifically covers four areas of on-going continued education including live, video conference seminars through PIM’s Global Education Media (GEM) program, physician medical education through the Physician Partnership Program (PPP), physician and consultant visits through conferences, patient referrals and second opinions.
In addition to GEM, physicians from VUH SK will be eligible to participate in the Physician Partnership Program (PPP), a global competitive scholarship program offered by PIM to its hospital partners around the world.
Under the PPP program, practicing specialists will be chosen by PIM for a stipend to visit the hospitals in the Philadelphia area, where they will be paired with a physician from PIM and participate as adjunct faculty in team meetings, rounds and observation at clinics and surgery. The one-week program will offer VUH SK physicians the opportunity to engage in an intensive peer-to-peer clinical development program while forming relationships with physicians and the community in Philadelphia, and other global participants.
About Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos
Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos (VUH SK) is one of the major hospitals in Lithuania encompassing the provision of medical care in almost all key areas. Vilnius University and the Lithuanian Ministry of Health are the founders of Santaros Klinikos. The activities of the Hospital encompasses practical and scientific medicine, education of students and residents, continuing professional training of medical specialists, modern management based on modern information technology solutions is applied. Learn more about VUH SK by visiting http://www.santa.lt/index.php.
About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of nine prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and affiliate healthcare organizations include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, the Vincera Institute, the Visiting Nurses Association, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. Learn more about PIM by visiting www.philadelphiamedicine.com.