Last November 8, Tuesday, Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) proudly announced its partnership with the Taiwan-based Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center, a clinic that began its medical mission by providing free services to low-income families for more than 14 years before becoming the internationally renowned institution that it is today. Originally founded as the Tzu Chi Foundation Free Clinic in 1972, the practice officially retired four months after the inauguration of the Hualien Tzu Chi General Hospital in December 1986.
Over the years, CSMC and Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center have developed a strong relationship through several collaborative efforts between their doctors and facilities.
“Cardinal Santos Medical Center has fellows who graduated from training programs facilitated by Hualien Tzu Chi, with another fellow currently training and improving expertise in Taiwan. Through this strengthening of partnership, we hope to create more world-class physicians that are equipped to serve our communities,” wrote CSMC in an official statement on their Facebook page.
CSMC and Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center have both signed a memorandum of understanding that would better enable cooperation and collaboration between the two healthcare institutions. “Our doctors and the executive committee spent an afternoon with our partners exchanging ideas and discussing better treatment options for our patients before the signing of the documents,” CSMC further explained.
CSMC continued, “By strengthening international partnerships with other healthcare institutions, we are confident to say that the communities we serve have access to the best possible medical care to date.”