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AIHA RECEIVES $13.5 MILLION TO ESTABLISH U.S. HOSPITAL PARTNERSHIPS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

 AIHA RECEIVES $13.5 MILLION TO ESTABLISH U.S. HOST?AL PARTNERSHIPS
 IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
 WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- American International Health Alliance (AIHA) today announced receipt of a $13.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to initiate and coordinate health care partnerships between hospitals in the United States and medical facilities in the new independent states of the former Soviet Union.
 AIHA recently was formed by a coalition of key hospital and hospital-related organizations to manage the two-year cooperative agreement program.
 AIHA plans call for at least one hospital partnership in each of the new republics over the next several months and partnerships in as many as 20 NIS cities by the end of 1993.
 Daniel P. Bourque, chairman of the board of AIHA, said, "Hospitals in the NIS are the major vehicles for the delivery of both primary and acute care to approximately 300 million people. These institutions currently are under tremendous stress, and we hope to relieve some of the pressures by helping NIS hospitals develop the capacity to quickly adapt to their evolving market economies."
 Bourque, who is also senior vice president of information and research at Voluntary Hospitals of America Inc., a national health care alliance based in Irving, Texas, said the AIHA program will build on the voluntary efforts already undertaken by a number of American hospitals to share expertise and provide assistance to their counter parts in the NIS. "These institutions in turn will serve as centers of excellence and resources for training within the new republics," he said.
 Bourque noted that AIHA program funds will supplement the voluntary efforts and in-kind commitments of the hospital partners, rather than fully fund the partnerships. "Our funds will largely support travel and other costs that are not easily subject to in-kind contributions but are essential to establishing and realizing the potential of a partnership program.
 "Our criteria call for the hospitals to demonstrate a strong common interest in the success of the partnership beyond the availability of AIHA financial support," he said.
 In addition to Bourque, AIHA's board of directors includes Dennis P. Andrulis, Ph.D., president, National Public Health and Hospitals Institute, Roger J. Bulger, M.D., president, Association of Academic Health Centers, Gary L. Filerman, Ph.D., president, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., executive vice president, American Group Practice Association, Larry S. Gage, Esq., president, National Association of Public Hospitals, Neal I. Neuberger, director of international programs, American Hospital Association, and Alan Weinstein, president, Premier Hospitals Alliance.
 Bourque announced the appointment of James P. Smith as AIHA's executive director. Smith formerly was with the National Association of Public Hospitals. In addition to serving as president and CEO of a successful start-up company in the medical transportation sector and as senior policy and management consultant to various health-related groups, Smith was vice president and Washington representative for Hospital Corporation of America from 1980 to 1987. Prior to his tenure at HCA, Smith held senior health policy and staff positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 The U.S. Agency for International Development is the primary funding agency for U.S. medical initiatives in the new independent states of the former Soviet Union. USAID programs include 1) more than $55 million in donated emergency medicines and medical supplies have been delivered under a program supervised by Project Hope; other emergency medicines are being provided through a program with the American Red Cross; 2) vaccine campaigns, initially, in four Central Asian Republics -- Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; 3) programs to help establish private productive capacity for medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and equipment. The Department of Commerce, Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the Trade and Development Program are additional agencies overseeing some of the programs.
 Hospitals interested in participating in the partnership program should contact the American International Health Alliance, 1212 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 825, Washington, D.C., 20005.
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 /CONTACT: James P. Smith, executive director of American International Health Alliance, 202-789-1136/ CO: American International Health Alliance ST: IN: HEA SU:


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