Baptist Health Care Welcomes Nurse Professionals From China

PENSACOLA, Fla. (October 20, 2017) Baptist Health Care is hosting 10 nursing colleagues from Hunan Provincial People's Hospital the week of October 23 at Baptist Hospital. The group from Changsha, China, will join the BHC nursing team to exchange clinical knowledge related to patient care, leadership and education practices.

Through the International Academic Exchange Program (IAE), Baptist and People’s Hospital nurses are collaborating on best practices related to clinical processes and the profession of nursing. The program provides an opportunity to participate with nurses from other countries to enhance quality of care.

"Health care continuously evolves," said Cynde Gamache, chief nursing officer, Baptist Health Care. "Challenges require new ways of thinking to ensure effective health care delivery in the future. To develop and implement new approaches, well-educated nursing professionals and nursing researchers will be needed to collaborate with a diverse group of health care colleagues — interprofessionally and internationally — to develop the best approaches to care."

Baptist’s nursing community of practice actively seeks to provide excellence in care to patients, families and communities. Increasing awareness of cultural diversity is essential for the nursing professional as clinical practice involves a high level of patient interaction. International exchanges contribute to enhancing cultural competence, expanding knowledge and improving the ability to provide culturally sensitive care. The group will tour the Baptist, interact with team members across a diverse spectrum of care and participate in organization-wide education as part of their visit.

About Baptist Health Care
Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in northwest Florida. The organization is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. A 2003 Malcolm Baldrige recipient, Baptist continuously strives to be a national leader in quality and service. Baptist Health Care includes three hospitals, two medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Lakeview Center, Baptist Medical Group and Cardiology Consultants. With more than 6,500 employees and employed physicians, Baptist Health Care is the largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida. For more information, please visit

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