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Tue 5 Jun 2007 01:02 PM

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Abu Dhabi to transform heathcare

New deal will see the US-based Cleveland Clinic manage Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

Health services in Abu Dhabi city are set to be rapidly transformed following an agreement signed today between the US-based Cleveland Clinic and the local health authority.

The partnership will see the clinic - ranked one of the top three hospitals in the US - take over the management of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), a network of healthcare facilities in the UAE capital.

SKMC consists of 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 is critical for Abu Dhabi Health Authority, which is striving to create one of the world's finest health systems in the emirate.

"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.

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