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Chinese doctors treating Cleveland with care

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-13-2016 15:13 BJT

By Jianyu Hou Freelancer based in Cleveland, OH., USA

After many United States companies moved their factories to developing countries, such as China and other Asian nations, many U.S. citizens had lost blue collar jobs. Consequently, major American cities that rely on the manufacturing industry have endured an economic depression, especially in the Great Lakes region. Cleveland, the largest city in the state of Ohio, was hit hard as well.


Driving from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to University Circle, you can see many abandoned factories standing among the weeds.

But learning from the Steel City - Pittsburgh, Cleveland is making renewed efforts to develop its healthcare and higher education sectors. When driving along Euclid Avenue (Road No. 20), you can see many buildings with shiny surfaces and modern-unique structures, which contrast with old shabby brick ones in the city proper.

Those new flashy buildings are hospitals. Even during the financial crisis in 2008, the two largest hospitals - Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals (UH) - had continued to generate substantial profits and had expanded further by acquiring other small hospitals.

The two hospitals are likely the most profitable entities in the city, and the premier places where many Chinese living in Cleveland have high-status jobs. To work in Cleveland's top hospitals require extensive professional knowledge, and those hired there are earning lucrative salaries. Those advantages are what attract many Chinese professionals to work there.

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the top medical centers in the U.S. and the world. The cardiology & CT surgery and urology hold top national rankings.

According to statistics tabulated by the American Hospital Directory, the average annual gross total patient revenues stood at $9.14 billion in recent years, which is the second largest in the U.S.. It is also the top hospital that has opened up with Chinese herbs for medicine and treatment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

As the Asian culture has gotten more popular in America, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is getting recognized among many Americans. TCM clinics are inexpensive to operate, but it's not covered by health insurance, so patients must pay for it in cash.

The Cleveland hospital has developed a TCM chapter — Center for Integrate Medicine - to generate more revenue and patients.

It has enlisted many positions for Chinese doctors with TCM expertise. There are five Chinese doctors out of a total of 37 staff. Due to expansion, they need more Chinese doctors. Chinese doctors also work in major positions of other departments in the hospital.

In the UH, a rival of the Cleveland Clinic, there are many Chinese doctors working there too. Most were born in China and got their MD degrees in the top Chinese medical universities. They started to work as post-doctors until they get promoted. Some Chinese doctors got their MDs at the top U.S. medical schools and were hired by UH.

Thanks to the hardworking image of the Chinese, more Chinese doctors have been hired by the two hospitals. At the events that host Chinese community activities in Cleveland, 90 percent of those in attendance are usually doctors working in the two large hospitals.

Since many Chinese in Cleveland work as well-paid doctors, according to the demographic statistics of census.gov, the Asians' income is far higher than other races and they have the lowest poverty rate in Cleveland. The City warmly welcomes the Chinese to move here. 

As Cleveland continues to transform its economic structure from the manufacturing industry to healthcare and higher education, more Chinese with MDs issued by Chinese medical schools will find fruitful career positions in Cleveland hospitals.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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