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Millwood, VA, September 20, 2012
Project HOPE President and CEO John P. Howe III, M.D.

Project HOPE President and CEO, Dr. John P. Howe III, received the prestigious Magnolia Award from officials in Shanghai for the NGO’s decades of work to improve health care in China.

The award recognizes Dr. Howe’s outstanding contribution to the city of Shanghai.  Project HOPE helped develop the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC), one of the world’s premier pediatric heart centers.   SCMC performs lifesaving heart surgery on nearly 3400 children each year.  Project HOPE provided more than $37 million in medical equipment for the hospital which opened in 1998.  HOPE continues to support SCMC through at least 16 training programs for professional health care workers in the areas of diabetes, children’s nutrition, patient safety training, child development, critical care medicine, cancer care, and health professional training for advanced practice.

"I am honored to receive this award and immensely proud of the many health care professionals, both American and Chinese, who have contributed to the success of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. The highly specialized, excellent care received by young patients at SCMC is an indication of how Project HOPE's mission of training local doctors, nurses and health professionals can help build stronger communities for generations to come," said Dr. Howe. 

"It also shows how cooperation between U.S.-based groups and Chinese leaders can create expertise and enhance public health in rapidly-emerging China."  

Project HOPE has been involved in efforts to improve the health of communities in China for more than 28 years through a strong partnership with the Ministry of Health in addressing needs and advancing health professional training with the support of corporate partners.  China’s large population, diverse demography, and rapid economic development have created a growing need for health care services.  

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises, with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in 35 countries across five continents. 

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Geraldine Carroll   Tel. 540.257.3746  gcarroll@projecthope.org

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