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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 27, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 23
JHM to Manage Hospital in United Arab Emirates

By Claudia Costabile
Johns Hopkins Health System

Johns Hopkins Medicine and the General Authority for Health Services in the United Arab Emirates have agreed to a 10-year affiliation that involves the management of the Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi, one of the largest and most prestigious hospitals in the country. The affiliation provides Johns Hopkins Medicine with complete managerial oversight of the 469-bed hospital.

Johns Hopkins has been involved in a number of international medical projects that have included academic and clinical advisement, including projects in Turkey, Singapore, China and Panama. However, with the Tawam agreement, Johns Hopkins will contribute additional services to include hospital management and operational resources for a hospital outside the United States.

In making the announcement last week, Steven J. Thompson, senior vice president of JHM and CEO of JHM International, said, "Johns Hopkins has been waiting for just the right partner and the right opportunity before entering into the hospital management sector. Similar to Johns Hopkins, the General Authority for Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality care to the people of the U.A.E., and the Tawam Hospital is recognized in the region for its quality patient care delivery. We are very pleased with this partnership."

The agreement, which takes effect March 1, foresees a nine-month assessment of the hospital's needs, during which Hopkins-appointed leadership will start to work on the implementation of management systems and establishment of Centers of Excellence in several clinical specialties. JHM International will provide the administrative and organizational support services for the partnership.

One of the first initiatives by the Hopkins team will be assisting in the establishment of an oncology center of excellence. The center will treat the most common types of cancer, as well as those prevalent in the Middle East, such as lung, prostate and breast cancer. A wide range of treatments will be offered, and the latest information will be available to physicians and patients from The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mazroei, CEO of the General Authority for Health Services, said, "We want to improve health care not only for our local community but ultimately for the country and the whole region. This will not be a simple consulting project but a long-term relationship that will empower our own health professionals."


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