Leonard Karp Awarded the 2017 USCIPP International Services Leadership Award
Recognized for outstanding contributions to international healthcare
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA - Leonard Karp, president and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) was awarded the 2017 US Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP) International Services Leadership Award at the USCIPP annual meeting in New York.
USCIPP hosted its first Leadership Awards Dinner during its annual meeting honoring Karp’s accomplishments. Paul Farmer, MD, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was also honored with the 2017 USCIPP International Humanitarian and Global Health Leadership Award. USCIPP’s Leadership Award is presented to individuals for their contributions to international healthcare. USCIPP celebrated Karp’s outstanding leadership and lifetime commitment to improving international patient services and dedication to the USCIPP organization.
Karp assisted in the formation of PIM and has over 25 years of experience within the healthcare community. At PIM, he leads an organization whose goal is to establish the Philadelphia region as an international healthcare destination of choice. PIM is seen as an economic development initiative and works closely with city, state and federal commerce departments. PIM is the joint international office of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and works with the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Renfrew Center, Rothman Institute, Vincera Institute and Wills Eye Hospital.
In accepting the award, Karp called on USCIPP to do more to help train the next generation of leaders. “As I see it, while leadership may be an intrinsic trait, and can be measured and identified, without nurturing and mentorship it may remain a raw resource. As international medicine faces new challenges, how do we help develop the leadership to enable us all to thrive. How do we establish career ladders so that we can retain our best and brightest. And how do we become a profession, with knowledge sharing and collaboration between friends, even friends who do compete. That’s why I would encourage USCIPP to explore the establishment of a USCIPP Academy. The Academy would be a safe place where future leaders in this field could go for a one or two-week, intensive program to learn best practices, delve into global trends, identify solutions to emerging issues, and form life-long friendships.”
Karp is a founding member of USCIPP and has severed in a number of capacities including being a member on the USCIPP’s Advisory Council. Karp has also advocated for the expansion of the international healthcare field by serving as a members of the US Commerce Department’s Healthcare Team Export Council and as an international trade advisor for the US Trade Representative and Department of Commerce.
About US Cooperative for International Patient Program
The US Cooperative for International Patient Programs is a membership association of 66 US hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers that offer international services to patients and providers; it is the only reliable source of data on international patients traveling to the US to receive treatment. A program of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), USCIPP supports its members by expanding global access to US expertise in high-quality healthcare, promoting the adoption of cultural sensitivity best practices, and improving the international patient experience. For more information, please visit uscipp.net.
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.
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