Abu Dhabi has transformed the way healthcare is delivered following an agreement between the US-based Cleveland Clinic and the emirate's local health authority. The partnership will see the non-profit clinic, long ranked as one of the top hospitals in the USA, take over the management of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), a network of healthcare facilities in the UAE capital.
SKMC includes the 700-bed Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, a 150-bed psychology and neuroscience unit and the 100-bed Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Centre. It also boasts more than 12 specialised outpatient clinics and nine primary healthcare centres around Abu Dhabi city.
The move helps Abu Dhabi Health Authority in its long term goal to create a world class healthcare system funded primarily by employer insurance schemes.
"As a global healthcare institution, Cleveland Clinic has sought to cultivate opportunities to further expand our presence abroad, sharing state-of-the-art medical practices, procedures and administrative capabilities and raising healthcare standards worldwide," said Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic. "In partnering with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, we have committed to integrating our medical expertise and best practices with SKMC to achieve the highest clinical outcomes possible and enhance research and training," he added.
Ken Ouriel M.D., a vascular surgeon and chairman of Cleveland Clinic's surgery division has been appointed CEO of SKMC.
In a similar move, Abu Dhabi Health Authority has signed a partnership agreement with Vienna University and the Phamed Company to help develop the health sector in Al Ain.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two Austrian institutions will manage the Al Ain Central Hospital, which contains 425 beds and receives 250,000 patients every year.For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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