Yangzhou, an historical city and tourist destination in Jiangsu Province, China, is facing a similar issue as many other major cities: an aging population. Yangzhou has 4.6 million people; 25 percent of them are more than 60 years old.

To support this growing population, a delegation from Baylor College of Medicine met with Jun Xiang, chairman of the investment decision-making committee of KongSun Holding Limited, to discuss a plan to create a site for a senior care community and medical park. The Baylor group was led by Wayne Keathley, president of Baylor Global Health Group, and Arun Rajan, assistant president of Baylor Global Health Group.  

The new development will focus on providing continuous care to elders. It will be supported by an elite hospital, integrative care, research and education as well as new technology.

Baylor’s delegation spent time at Northern Jiangsu People’s Hospital meeting with hospital leaders, administration teams and physician and nurses discussing ideas on how to bring their plans to fruition. Creation of a clinical research center to conduct cutting-edge clinical research, education and training of personnel, telemedicine and the innovation of the senior care model, also was discussed.

Baylor’s support was sought out because it is home to one of the only aging research centers in the United States, the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Center on Aging, which was formed in 1988. The mission of the Huffington Center on Aging is to improve the quality of lives of people as they age through programs of research, education and patient care. Baylor also is a founding member of the Texas Medical Center and serves as an important leader in that unique clinical, academic, and research community.

Baylor, Northern Jiangsu People’s Hospital and KongSun are committed to working closely together to plan the novel model and standards of senior care in China. The three parties will contribute their strengths and help Yangzhou to effectively respond to the growth of an aging population.