John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, a 266-bed provider in Phoenix, has signed a joint-venture agreement with Envita Asia Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The agreement calls for John C. Lincoln to provide stateside care to Envitas seriously ill patients and to train doctors and surgeons at the Vietnamese hospital, said John C. Lincoln spokeswoman Susan Fuchs. Fuchs noted 60% of Vietnamese citizens have no access to care and the country recently approved private-sector development of the healthcare system in an effort to expand services.
Le Thanh Cat Van, chairman and president of Envita Asia Hospital, is leading an effort to upgrade and expand the Ho Chi Minh City facility, Fuchs said. They plan to open a 70-bed facility by February and eventually expand to 250 beds, she said.
Vietnamese patients will pay out-of-pocket for the care at John C. Lincoln, Fuchs said, and will travel with a care coordinator/interpreter during their stay. Details of the training agreement are still being determined, Fuchs added. -- by Shawn Rhea