UCLA Health to advise Chinese firm in development of Western-hospital in China

Agreement defines concrete consulting activities that UCLA Health will undertake with R & F Properties in Guangzhou, China
(From left to right) Mr. Simon Zhuang, Mr. Liu Zhen, Ms. Wang Heng, Mr. Shannon O'Kelley, Mr. Zhang Li , Mr. Michael Burke, Ms. Sarah Kemp, Mr. Charles Bennett

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LOS ANGELES — On Nov. 2, UCLA Health signed an agreement to advise R & F Properties in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, Western-style hospital in Guangzhou, China. This project focuses on bringing clinical excellence, superb patient experience, technology, and access to the region.

The agreement between UCLA Health and R&F Properties, one of the leading property developers in mainland China, was signed in Guangzhou in a ceremony attended by Chinese and U.S. dignitaries, including U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus and Consul General Charles Bennett, and R&F Properties Chairman Zhang Li and Senior Vice President Simon Zhuang. The agreement is UCLA Health's first significant venture into international hospital consulting and opens the door toward a more active, influential, and sustainable role in one of health care's most rapidly evolving regions.

"UCLA Health is known worldwide for leading-edge, research-based care that puts patients first," said Michael Burke, Executive Director of UCLA Health International. "This agreement is a symbol of the common academic and clinical interests of UCLA Health and R&F Properties, and signifies our intent to work together to widen access and elevate the health of people everywhere."

The agreement, the first step of which is a business plan, highlights UCLA Health's expanding global impact, particularly in Asia. Supported by its strong international brand, UCLA Health is exploring strategic relationships that will enhance access to high quality, patient-focused care for people all over the world.

"This partnership follows our vision for healing humankind through shared knowledge," said Dr. Tom Coates, Director of the UCLA Center for World Health.  "Our goal is to build educational and clinical capacity around the world by developing mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships that allow us to drive this effort forward."

Founded in 1994, R&F Properties is known for its success in extending from its core residential business to the creation of an extensive portfolio in commercial real estate. In particular, it is acclaimed for accurately determining the development direction of urban reconstruction and for its creation of livable communities. This includes investment in and development of communities to enhance social responsibility, including healthcare.

"As an enterprise that has led China's real estate industry for 20 years, R&F Properties understands that responsibility increases with achievement," said R&F Properties Chairman Zhang Li. "Our emphasis on corporate citizenship led us to UCLA Health, a leader in mission-based patient care and patient satisfaction. UCLA Health is the ideal institution to help us develop a truly leading-edge hospital that epitomizes the best in medical care."

About UCLA Health
UCLA Health includes four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center; Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA; and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA — and more than 160 primary care and specialty clinics throughout Southern California. UCLA Health ranks #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California and #5 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals survey. Click here for more information.

About R&F
Founded in 1994, R&F Properties is one of the leading property developers in Mainland China, and it made a successful debut listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (Stock Code: 2777). Today, the Company has expanded out from Guangzhou into another 24 cities and areas in China and Malaysia.