Rex Wong is the director of Hospital Strengthening Initiative at the Yale School of Medicine. He has over 28 years of hospital and health care work experience. He has worked and lived in Liberia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Australia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Hong Kong, United States, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tanzania on various hospital management, national health system and senior leadership programs.
Dr. Wong is currently the directing the health management and leadership component of the Liberia Health Workforce program; implemented hospital management and quality improvement projects in various hospitals in Liberia and well as setting up the Health Management certificate program for the University of Liberia; responsible for developing the curriculum, building local faculty capacity, providing senior leadership training, developing course materials, and mentoring students. He previously also conducted similar hospital management programs while serving as Country Director in Rwanda and in Egypt and Regional Director in Ethiopia. He was one of the co-authors of the Blueprints for Hospital Management in Ethiopia, Ethiopia Hospital Management Initiative (2007) which later was developed into Ethiopian Hospital Reform Implementation Guidelines (2010); serves as the standard for all public hospitals in Ethiopia. He also set up the national key performance indicator (KPI) reporting database for Ethiopia.
His other previous work experience included served as CEO and COO of a private hospital in Panama, participated in 2 start-up hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, set up the first amputee rehabilitation program in Middle East, and evaluated the Tanzania Coca Cola supply chain program.
Dr. Wong was invited as presenter in many internationals conferences, guest speaker in different universities, and has been instructing in many senior leadership training programs in many countries. He has published over 40 articles.
He is also a faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, a higher education academic institute founded by Partners In Health, and directs three modules in the Master in Global Health Delivery program.
- Rwanda Human Resources for Health ProgramKigali, Rwanda 2012GHLI joined universities across the U.S. to support the Rwandan Ministry of Health's Human Resources for Health Program to develop skilled workers to meet the country's health care delivery needs. The program aims to build the capacity of Rwandan universities and teaching hospitals to develop a sustainable pipeline of health care professionals. This work brings together experts from various specialties in an interdisciplinary effort to strengthen the pipeline of health care professionals - with a focus on developing more effective clinical residency and health management programs at the National University of Rwanda and associated teaching hospitals.
- Egypt, Hospital Strengthening InitiativeCairo, Egypt (2009-2011)From 2009 to 2011, GHLI and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) partnered to establish the Hospital Strengthening Initiative to improve hospital care for patients with cardiovascular disease. GHLI, the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale, and the NBE collaborated to create Egypt's first data registry for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome to help measure quality of care, identify gaps and evaluate efforts to improve hospital performance. Through training and mentoring, teams reduced waiting time for procedures and crowding in the Cardiac Catheterization lab designed and implemented an inventory management system for that lab and developed a more effective work plan to improve patient flow in the outpatient clinics.