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Chinese delegation tours Washington County Hospital

May 21, 2007

Washington County Hospital representatives recently welcomed a delegation from Jiangsu Province in China. The delegation visited the United States for a week to learn about maternal and child health care as well as related public health issues.

Four directors from the Population and Family Planning Commission and a director from the Personnel and Labor Bureau visited the hospital's Family Birthing Center to learn more about hospital care for mothers and babies.

Patricia Reggio, clinical manager of the birthing center, discussed family-centered care to the group. She explained that healthy babies stay in the same room as their mothers until discharge. Members were interested to learn that fathers or another support person can stay with the mother while she is in labor and after delivery.

The delegation also toured the special care nursery.

While in Hagerstown, the group also visited the Maryland State Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center, the Family Support Center, and the Walnut Street Community Health Center.

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The local visit was organized by Larry Glenn, director of work force development at Hagerstown Business College. The college has helped organize visits of other delegations in concert with the U.S. China Business Cultural Exchange. The college became involved when a delegation of police officers from China came to the United States to train in international event security.

Hagerstown Business College is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which includes more than 70 campus-based schools, as well as online programs through Kaplan University and Concord Law School.

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