The facility will focus on expanding expertise, provide innovative training methods, and be in position to improve the local healthcare industry in rural parts of the country.
"The China market presents one of the greatest opportunities for Medtronic,” said Lee. “With the new Medtronic Innovation Center in Chengdu, we will strengthen and advance the vital healthcare industry through collective insights, expertise, and skills."
Lee also believes the center will offer more resources to “mobilize local medical workers to participate in key healthcare initiatives.”
Leveraging Medtronic technology and clinical expertise, the center will provide world-class training programs across diverse disciplines, including surgery, minimally invasive surgery, intensive care, internal medicine and anesthetics. Disease areas such as cardiovascular, tumors, respiratory, nervous system, gastrointestinal, and renal diseases will be of particular focus. The center will also be equipped with cutting-edge simulation systems and equipment, helping to improve clinical skills.
"Medtronic understands the critical role that rural physicians play in driving healthcare availability and transformation,” says Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak. “As such, we hope to support the growth and development of medical workers in China's vast central and western regions and enhance their clinical skills to benefit more patients.”
Within five years of operation, Medtronic projects the Innovation Center in Chengdu will train approximately 7,000 healthcare professionals annually.
China Health and Family Planning Statistical Yearbook 2016