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Johns Hopkins international unit to help improve Peruvian hospitals

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Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the USA-based international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has signed a contract to help improve standards at seven hospitals in Peru.

The international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine entered into the agreement with Lima, Peru-based Pacifico Salud, a subsidiary of Credicorp Ltd., the leading financial services holding company in the country. The company operates several health care facilities.

Under the terms of the agreement signed December 2, Hopkins will help improve patient safety, management and the quality of health care delivery at the hospitals. Beginning in January, Johns Hopkins will assess the hospitals’ strengths and provide a gap analysis of Pacifico Salud’s health care facilities.

Pacifico Salud belongs to Pacifico Peruano Suiza, one of the largest insurance companies in Latin America and the largest health insurer in Peru, earning about 46 percent of the segment in 2010, baltimoresun.com reported.

The company said in a statement that the memorandum of understanding is the first step for Pacifico Salud to consolidate its leadership in the Peruvian health care industry. It will allow the company to help raise the standards of care throughout the country and introduce a new vision for patient safety and quality of care in Peru, the statement said.

Hopkins will help improve patient safety, management and the quality of health care delivery at seven hospitals in Peru.

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