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US firm inks deal for Oman hospital services

Methodist International signs agreement for hospital as part of new $1bn Oman Medical City

US firm inks deal for Oman hospital services
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Methodist International, the global subsidiary of The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, has entered into an agreement to provide services for the development and operations of a new acute tertiary care hospital in The Medical City in Salalah, Oman.

The Medical City has been proposed by the Apex Medical Group (AMG), part of Saudi-based Al Joiab Holding, and is under development in strategic partnership with the Ministries of Tourism and Health in Oman.

Under the agreement, Methodist International will set up the management and operation system of the tertiary care hospital including the recruitment and training of hospital C-suite staff.

A clinical and administrative team of consultants from Houston will focus on the development and establishment of clinical, operational and quality standards for the multispecialty hospital in Salalah.

Following the opening of the hospital, Methodist International will be involved in a 10-year affiliation focused on quality, training and knowledge transfer management, a statement said.

Dr Abdulla Al Joaib, president of Al Joiab Group said: "Our colleagues at Methodist International are world-renowned experts in the medical field, and we are extremely proud to be working with them on this project for the Medical City. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Methodist International."

Cathy Easter, president and CEO of Methodist International, added: "Methodist International is committed to providing leading medicine coupled with the finest healing skill and compassion. This project will support the progress of health care services in Salalah and Oman."

AMG and Al Joaib Holding are behind the $1bn International Medical City in Oman which is being developed on an 800,000 sq m site in Salalah.

In addition to the new hospital, the facilities will also include a state-of-the-art diagnostic centre, a healthcare resort and a healthcare education complex.

The Medical City will also feature a luxury hotel, wellness centre, and will offer free medical and educational community support services to poor families.

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