UPMC Partner Xiangya Hospital Provides Antepartum Obstetrical Service in XIMC’s Surgical Ward

Legislation was recently passed in China permitting families to have two children, leading experts to predict that this new policy will boost the number of babies born each year to between 20 and 24 million.

Since the law passed, Xiangya Hospital of Central South University has experienced a greater than 50% increase in the number of perinatal outpatient visits and the OB department has been operating between 90 and 100% capacity. As an interim measure, UPMC partner Xiangya Hospital is utilizing the surgical ward of Xiangya International Medical Center (XIMC) to alleviate the expected patient flow pressures from increased birth rates.

XIMC is located on the campus of Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, Hunan Province, and is a partnership between Xiangya Hospital of Central South University and UPMC. The surgical ward of XIMC had been operating at 60% capacity with 4-6 unoccupied beds daily, so the decision was made to utilize the empty beds for low risk antepartum patients to provide relief to the anticipated Xiangya OB patient bed demand.

The clinical partnership between Xiangya Hospital and UPMC has allowed collaboration in addressing the needs of an equally large and diverse patient base by establishing clinical best practices. One of the goals of the partnership between UPMC and Xiangya Hospital is continuing to enhance the quality and range of service offerings, so the adaptation of the surgical ward to provide for increased obstetric demand follows suite.