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Qatar's health giant says largest expansion phase underway

Hamad Medical Corporation says it will open three new hospitals in next six months following opening of communicable disease centre

Qatar's health giant says largest expansion phase underway

Qatar's state-owned healthcare provider has announced that it has started the largest expansion phase in its history with the opening of a new communicable disease centre.

Hamad Medical Corporation said the addition of the facility brings the total number of its hospitals to nine, with three more set to open over the next six months.

“We have begun the largest expansion program in HMC’s history,” said Ali Abdulla Al Khater, chief communications officer at HMC.

“Four new hospitals - the Communicable Disease Centre, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center and Women’s Wellness and Research Center - will significantly increase capacity across our system and provide state-of-the-art environments in which our expert teams can provide care for their patients,” he said.

HMC was established by Emiri decree in 1979 but its oldest facility, Rumailah Hospital, has been caring for patients since 1957. 

“As Qatar has grown and developed over the past 50 plus years, so too has HMC. This long history of caring for the residents of Qatar ensures HMC is uniquely positioned to understand the specific cultural and healthcare needs of the population and provide the best possible care,” said Al Khater.

When all services have relocated to the new hospitals, between 9,000 and 10,000 patients per week will use the services and the total floor space across HMC will increase by 65 percent following the full opening of the new hospitals. 

The upcoming plans build on the capacity increase that has already taken place across HMC over the past year. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Center Al Sadd and Bone and Joint Centre have all been expanded, while the Enaya Continuing Care Centre and a new surgical services facility have both opened.

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