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UAE's ProVita acquires homecare provider LifeWise

Long-term car firm says deal is set to further improve the quality of life for patients and their families across the UAE

UAE's ProVita acquires homecare provider LifeWise
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ProVita International Medical Center, a subsidary of UAE-based NMC Healthcare, has acquired homecare provider LifeWise Home Healthcare.

The provider of long-term care for chronically ill paediatric and adult patients said the deal is set to further improve the quality of life for patients and their families across the UAE.

The acquisition will bring in add LifeWise’s nursing team to the company, which specialises in home-based intermittent and continuous care, including day-to-day support, pain management, rehabilitative, and lifestyle management services.

These services will complement those already offered by ProVita to patients with traumatic injuries, congenital disease, or chronic illness at its facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, it said in a statement.

“This is an exciting new chapter in ProVita’s journey towards improving the quality of life of patients needing long-term care in Abu Dhabi,” said Michael Davis, CEO of ProVita.

“When we first started, our aim was to bring these patients out of the hospital and into a homelike setting that was closer to their loved ones and that provided them with comprehensive, holistic, top quality care. We’ve helped improve the quality of life of more than 200 patients over the past five years, most of whom are Emirati.”

Fernando Parker, founder and managing director of LifeWise, added: “With ProVita we can set new industry benchmarks for the homecare model of care in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. This new synergistic relationship will bridge the gap between world class long-term care and homecare, while reducing costs for patients and insurers alike.”

ProVita is the largest private provider of inpatient long-term care in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, according to the latest Health Authority – Abu Dhabi statistics.

Its facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain house 28.8 percent of patients with neuropsychological disorders and 16 percent of those with congenital disorders, ranking it first and second in those categories among all providers in the emirate. It is also the fifth leading provider of inpatient care for non-traffic-accident injury and respiratory cases.

Demand for homecare and long-term care in the GCC is set to grow at a fast pace, according to a recent report by Ernst & Young, particularly with the population of those over the age of 60 growing by 8 percent annually between 2014 and 2024.

NMC Health completed its acquisition of ProVita International Medical Centre in August 2015.

Established in Germany in 1995 by Christina Shawky-Boehme, ProVita focuses on chronic ventilator-dependent patients, who require regular medical, nursing and rehabilitative treatments in a non-hospital environment.

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