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LIH Healthcare Management Visits Children’s Specialized Hospital

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LIH Healthcare Senior Managers Hu Dai and Kristi Troutman

LIH Healthcare Senior Managers Hu Dai and Kristi Troutman

On March 28, Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), LIH Healthcare’s partner hospital for pediatrics in New Jersey, US welcomed three LIH healthcare managers, Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Therapy Director at Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital; Kristi Troutman, Interim Therapy Director at LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen, and Dai Hu, General Manager at LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing, prior to the opening of the AOTA conference. Clinical leadership from two organizations met face to face during the 1-day visit to conduct significant dialogue on various topics including rehabilitation facilities, clinical education, and team building in the cultural context of China and the US. The second part of the visit consisted of tours of CSH’s inpatient and outpatient facilities under the guidance of Patricia Foley, VP of Outpatient Services, with thorough overviews of their outpatient services and programs from an operational perspective. “As a clinic manager, the visit was fulfilled with great conversations with their clinicians and a deep tour in their inpatient and outpatient facilities which brought me inspiration on the direction of our Beijing clinic,” said Mr. Hu.

A special half-day meeting was arranged exclusively for clinicians to conduct special topic presentations, Q&A, and discussions. A series of topics including The Current State of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Education in China, LIH Healthcare Current Facilities, Staffing and Patient Demographics, and Overview of LIH Healthcare Clinical Training and Leveling were brought to CSH’s therapist leads team by the LIH Healthcare managers. The presentations and dialogue received tremendous feedback from CSH’s clinicians. Kristi Troutman, Interim Therapy Director at LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen recalled, “Our CSH counterparts found these presentations extremely helpful for them to put many things into perspective in terms of supporting clinician peers in China. It was eye-opening for them to hear about the ‘gaps’ in therapist numbers versus need throughout China and the history of rehab in China!” The meeting served as a great opportunity for stronger ties between clinicians as they exchanged professional expertise and went into a deep dive on special clinical topics.

During the meeting, CSH presented “The Six Thinking Hats” methodology that the organization adopted to train clinicians on multidisplinary team thinking and working models. The clinical leads initiated deep discussion with the LIH Healthcare managers on identifying needs areas for ongoing training and improvement for better multidisplinary team communication that leads to better treatment planning and higher quality of care. “My understanding on how CSH has been effectively implementing the family-centered care approach to all levels from management to clinicians had been incrementally growing throughout the visit. I was also constantly amazed by the level of cohesiveness of their communications between disciplines.” Said Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Therapy Director at Kunming LIH SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital.

The partnership between LIH Healthcare and CSH was established in 2015, with the goal of increasing the quality and availability of services for pediatric rehabilitation/therapy and developmental-behavioral pediatrics in China. Since then, therapists from both organizations have been working closely on building knowledge pathways to share professional expertise. Children’s Specialized Hospital is the leading US provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges, with a volume of 30,000 patients yearly – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. With 68 inpatient beds and 13 New Jersey locations, Children’s Specialized is the region’s largest provider of services for children with ASD. Based on a Press Ganey independent survey, 99% of patient’s parents would recommend Children’s specialized to others. It has been named “Top Children’s Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group and named among Top Children’s Hospitals by New York Magazine.

LIH Healthcare Attracts Talent Overseas at AOTA Conference

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LIH Healthcare Brings Global Talent Together in celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy in AOTA

AOTA's Centennial bash

AOTA’s centennial bash

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 2017 Annual Conference took place from March 30 to April 2 this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This conference is THE LARGEST gathering of OT profession in the world, with more than 1,600 presentations and 4,000 speakers this year, it attracted occupational therapy professionals around the global

It was a special year of the AOTA conference as all professionals in the global occupational therapy community gathered to cheer for the centennial celebration of occupational therapy. LIH Healthcare OT Team delegates, Therapy Director of LIH Kunming SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Interim Therapy Director of LIH Olivia’s Place Shenzhen, Ms. Kristi Troutman, and General Manager of LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing, Mr. Dai Hu attended this conference and brought LIH Healthcare to the stage by throwing a first-ever recruiting cocktail reception.


A well-attended event with the support of friends and partners

Kristi Troutman with delegates from the WFOT Volunteer Board

Kristi Troutman with WFOT leadership delegates

As a registered conference event, LIH Healthcare successfully hosted “Bring Your Talent to China: LIH Healthcare is NOW HIRING,” a special reception that aimed to connect and reconnect global OT talent with LIH Healthcare. The event attracted more than 70 people, including US occupational therapists, Chinese OT returnees, to global talent from countries other than US or China. In addition to many young professionals with an interest in joining LIH Healthcare, many of the company’s friends and partners attended the event, placing it in high regard as a great opportunity to greet and network with other professionals who share the same interest in China and the mission and service developments of LIH Healthcare. Their attention and warmhearted support ensured the success of this event. Many guests stayed beyond the end of the reception, with lively discussion about shared interests and a chance to further explore opportunities to support LIH Healthcare’s initiatives to provide high quality OT services across China. Special friends and partners included delegates from Children’s Specialized Hospital, Peking University, University of Southern California, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), long-term supporter, University of Pittsburgh, and Susan Hermes, a long-time support of LIH Olivia’s Place.

Delegates from Peking University and University of Southern California

Delegates from Peking University and University of Southern California

Kristi Troutman with delegates from Children Specialized Hospital

Kristi Troutman with delegates from Children Specialized Hospital


Leon Chang  (Faculty, SUNY Stony Brook), Dr. Athena Tsai (WFOT Standards & Quality Program Coordinator), Dr. Jim Hinojosa (2007 AOTA Slagle Lecturer), Dr. Fengyi Kuo (WFOT IAG member for human rights), Serena Wen (Sr. OT)

Leon Chang (Faculty, SUNY Stony Brook), Dr. Athena Tsai (WFOT Standards & Quality Program Coordinator), Dr. Jim Hinojosa (2007 AOTA Slagle Lecturer), Dr. Fengyi Kuo (WFOT IAG member for human rights), Serena Wen (Sr. OT)

LIH Healthcare’s Professional Presence

As a longtime active member of AOTA, Dr. Fengyi Kuo and her research partner Kit Sinclair delivered a well-attended education session during the AOTA conference to address the topic of “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Working with Displaced Persons to Support Their Self-Efficacy and Community Integration.” Dr. Kuo is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences in Indianapolis. She also currently serves as the Therapy Director of LIH Kunming SkyCity Rehabilitation Hospital.



LIH global recruiting initiative

LIH Healthcare has been rapidly growing since its establishment in 2013. The company has expanded its rehabilitation services in 4 cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Kunming. Three of these facilities are focused on developmental-behavioral pediatrics and therapy for children, while the fourth is the first comprehensive rehabilitation hospital in the southwest region of China. Equipped with a wide global professional network, LIH Healthcare has established a unique culture of diversity and inclusion that brings global talent together to achieve the ultimate goal of providing high quality rehabilitation services across China. To learn more about employment opportunities with LIH Healthcare, please contact our Talent and Development Team at (English) or by following this link (Chinese).


2016 China-US DBP Academic Seminar Held in Beijing

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The “Beijing Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Forum” and “2016 China-U.S. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Academic Seminar” were successfully held at Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital on 14 October 2016. This seminar was organized by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group of the Beijing Medical Association Pediatrics Branch, Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital, and LIH Olivia’s Place.


LIH Olivia’s Place invited developmental behavioral and rehabilitation pediatricians from Indiana University to introduce progress in developmental behavioral pediatrics, attracting numerous professionals, pediatricians, and therapists. This seminar was supported by Director Liang Aimin, Vice-Chairman of the Group of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of the Pediatrics Branch of Beijing Medical Association. President Du Zhongdong and President Meng Zhansong from Shunyi Women and Children’s Hospital of Beijing Children’s Hospital participated, as well as professionals from pediatric rehabilitation departments, and Hu Dai, Managing Director of LIH Olivia’s Place Beijing. President Du gave remarks on behalf of Qin Jiong, Chairman of the Beijing Medical Association, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Group.


The academic seminar provided a collegial atmosphere. Firstly, Dr. Deanna Willis, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Family Medicine, Indiana University Health, introduced “How to Improve Medical Quality,” and “How to study the Impact of Customer Requirements on Customer Satisfaction by Application of the Kano Model,” She discussed the significance of change and summarized eight steps to successful change.

Dr. Deborah Hamby, expert in developmental behavioral pediatrics and neural rehabilitation at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana, shared information on evaluation and treatment of children with Down syndrome. Dr. Charles Dietzen, who specializes in pediatric rehabilitation at IU Health, discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Management.” Dr. Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapist at LIH Olivia’s Place, presented on the topics of “Family-centered Early Intervention and Therapy for Autistic Children” and “Sensory Integration.”

At the conclusion of the seminar, Director Liang Aimin commented that the success of this seminar has not only promoted academic communication between Chinese and American developmental behavioral pediatricians. The event provided motivation for clinicians specializing in developmental and rehabilitative pediatrics to follow, learn, and apply advanced technology trends.

LIH Supports the Evolution of China’s Rehabilitation Licensure System

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Hu Dai, Msc OT LIH Director of Education & Training

Hu Dai, Msc OT
LIH Director of Education & Training

In China, rehabilitation health care began to become available in the 1980s, following rapid economic reforms. In the beginning, a few hospitals and sanatoriums were chosen for trial provision of rehabilitative care in 1982. By1987, the Ministry of Health required all Tier II & III (top level in China) hospitals to have a rehab department. In the 1990s, a few more governmental policies continued to emphasize the importance of rehab and equal support was given to the development of rehab as to other major health care professions, for example, internal medicine and surgery. During the same period of time, a licensure system for rehabilitation therapists was established. The system divides the qualification into three levels, including assistant (for those with a secondary education background), therapist, and senior therapist. Prospective candidates may apply to take the licensure exam after two years of practice and progress to a higher level gradually.


Currently there are about 400 educational programs for therapists in China, at both Bachelor’s and post-graduate levels. However, only 10 programs train separate therapists specifically in physical and occupational therapy (PT/OT), the rest train “general therapists,” which means the curriculum is a combination of physical, occupational, and speech therapies, and the graduates are expected to work in all three areas. Under this educational   Rather, the qualification is a general license for all rehabilitation therapists and the examination content is very PT orientated with a focus on physical modalities.


After years of endeavor, separate license systems for each profession are under development and hopefully will be in place in 2017. The current plan is to have specific licenses for PT, OT, and Pediatric Therapist. The Chinese Association of Rehabilitation (CARM) is leading the project, and the pediatric therapist license has the most development; it is suggested that applicants have 6 months of web-based and classroom-based pediatric therapy training before taking the license exam. This additional training is in addition to general rehabilitation education programs, which may provide insufficient training for therapists to gain the knowledge needed to pass the license exam. Although it is a specific license, the Pediatric Therapist license will remain a combination of occupational and physical therapies.


LIH is involved in all aspects of the establishment of Pediatric Therapy licensure and the associated training, including supporting curriculum development, creating teaching materials, establishing an online learning platform and face to face classroom delivery. The cooperation between LIH and CARM will continue to evolve over the coming year and with our successful contribution to the establishment of the Pediatric Therapy license, LIH will very likel participate in the future development of licenses specific to physical and occupational therapy.

LIH Olivia’s Place OTs Stand Out at CARM Conference

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CARM Group_KRTThe 5th National Conference of Occupational Therapists of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM) was held at Jiamusi University in December 2015. This is the highest-level OT conference in China and it is held every 4 years. During the conference there are 2 major events, The first is that and all major positions for the Chinese OT Committee are elected for a 4-year term. This year, LIH Olivia’s Place’s Hu Dai, Occupational Therapist and Director of Education and Training, was re-elected vice president for another 4 years.


Kristi  Troutman, LIH Olivia's Place OT & Clinican Manager (Beijing) presents at CARM

Kristi Troutman, LIH Olivia’s Place OT & Clinican Manager (Beijing) presents at CARM

Also at the conference, a series of pediatric workshops was held. Kristi Troutman, LIH Olivia’s Place Occupational Therapist and Clinical Manager (Beijing), delivered two sessions, “Therapeutic Use of Play” and “Interdisciplinary Approach in Pediatric Care: A Case Study.” Both sessions were well received and evaluated highly. Over 60 committee members and another 150 OT practitioners and educators from all over the country participated in the conference.