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The Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • by Carl E. Bartecchi, M.D.
    • Merriam Press Modern History Series
      • First Edition 2013
      • 144 6x9-inch pages
      • photos
The Bach Mai Hospital was founded in 1911 and has become the largest, comprehensive general hospital in Vietnam.
     Currently, Bach Mai Hospital serves as a major teaching hospital for the Hanoi Medical University, assisting in the daily training of hundreds of medical students and interns as well as post graduate students and medical specialists.
     The Bach Mai Nursing School trains over 100 students annually with specialized programs for head nurses and nursing specialties.
     Hundreds of research projects are ongoing at the Bach Mai Hospital and result in significant contributions to the medical literature.
     Each year, the Hospital receives hundreds of foreign delegations who go there for training, for sharing medical knowledge, or to co-operate in the development of research projects.
     Dr. Bartecchi served in the U.S. Army as a Flight Surgeon during the Vietnam War and in addition to caring for wounded troops, he organized medical forays by helicopter to towns throughout the Mekong Delta. During his tour in Vietnam, working so closely with the civilian population, he developed an admiration and respect for the resilient and proud Vietnamese people.
     In the mid-1990s, Bartecchi became involved with assisting the Bach Mai Hospital improve their facility and providing training for the doctors, nurses and staff there, including exchanges of medical personnel between Bach Mai Hospital and American hospitals, as well as arranging for assistance in the area of medical equipment and supplies, donated by organizations and corporations.
     This book provides the background to this story.
     Humanitarian aid programs are a partnership – a knowledgeable, capable donor and an organized, enlightened receiver. Programs maximizing those qualities have a good chance of succeeding, while others will waste the time, talent and treasures of the donor, and further frustrate the hopes and ambitions of the receivers.
     In this text, Dr. Bartecchi outlines a program that worked and provides suggestions that could help others develop a successful program.

The Author

Carl E. Bartecchi, M.D., MACP is a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also a Professor (Honorary) at the Hanoi Medical University and has been awarded a Government of Vietnam, Ministry of Health Medal. For the past 16 years, he has been director of the Bach Mai Hospital Project. All royalties from this book will go to the Bach Mai Hospital Project.

  • History of the Bach Mai Hospital
  • Prelude to the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Beginning of the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Evolution of the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Vietnamese Trainees to the U.S.
  • Early Vietnamese Academic Involvement
  • Early Medical Equipment Needs
  • Training Vietnamese Health Care Workers in the United States
  • Bach Mai Hospital Leadership
  • Learning From the Vietnamese
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project Faculty Teaching in Vietnam
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project Nurses to Vietnam
  • Involvement of Other Hospitals with the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project and the Future Pre-Hospital Program
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project and Educational Materials
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project: Later Industry Involvement
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project: Medical Cargo Delivery
  • Financing the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Lessons Learned From the Bach Mai Hospital Project
  • Bach Mai Hospital Project and Vietnam
  • The Bach Mai Hospital Project and Humanitarian Programs

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