Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi now a ‘Center of Excellence’ for adult cardiac surgery


Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH), the healthcare sector regulator in the emirate, has announced Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi as a center of excellence (CoE) for adult cardiac surgery.

The announcement ceremony took place at the DoH headquarters, where Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi received the CoE plaque in the presence of Dr. Noura Khamis Al Ghaithi, Undersecretary of the DoH; Hasan Al Nowais, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Chairman and CEO of M42 Group; and Dr. Jorge Guzmán, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, as well as Dr. Mumtaz Khan, chief of staff and interim medical director of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

As a designated CoE for adult cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi houses ICU facilities and cardiac operating theatres, which operate with the support of core services including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and a state-of-the-art structural cardiac programme.

Dr Noura Al Ghaithi, Undersecretary of the Department of Health, said: “The Centers of Excellence [CoE] The program is an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s healthcare system, translating the department’s efforts to improve healthcare outcomes through increasing competitiveness across the sector. We are delighted to announce Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi as a center of excellence for adult cardiac surgery. [ACS], this is in line with our priorities to continually improve patient experience and provide the highest level of quality and efficiency in healthcare delivery in accordance with international best practices and standards. We look forward to the continued contributions of our partners with the aim of magnifying excellence across the sector, reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading global healthcare destination.”

Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Chairman and CEO of M42 Group, said: “Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has established itself as a regional and global benchmark for complex care. With the help of cutting-edge technology, a multidisciplinary team of experts and a patient-first philosophy, it continues to strengthen the leadership’s vision of delivering world-class complex care to patients in the UAE and across the region. Recognitions such as these further inspire our commitment to excellence and the M42 network will continue to work closely with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health to create a sustainable, state-of-the-art healthcare ecosystem in the emirate.”

Dr Jorge Guzmán, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “We at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi are delighted with our designation by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health as the emirate’s center of excellence in adult cardiac surgery. Through this certification, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides high-quality capabilities for the delivery of a range of integrated cardiac surgery and structural heart disease interventions.”

He added: “Together with our multidisciplinary teams in cardiology, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, anesthesia, intensive care and transplantation, we are well equipped to offer world-class services for complex cardiac conditions. “Consolidating advanced services into the center of excellence will enable the expansion of clinical, academic and teaching activities and help create the next generation of Emirati doctors who will keep Abu Dhabi at the forefront of future innovation.”

CoEs are healthcare facilities designated by the Department of Health to provide specialized programs in specific medical areas in accordance with best practices and the highest quality standards. The CoEs stand out for their world-class infrastructure, highly qualified and internationally accredited workforce, multidisciplinary resources, cutting-edge technologies and the latest innovations in healthcare, and clinical and scientific research, while providing the best healthcare in their class. class to patients in the emirate and beyond.

Importance of CoE

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, appointed by the DoH as CoE for Adult Cardiac Surgery, will become the primary destination for all patients receiving adult cardiac surgery treatments and services. It will provide patients with access to a wide range of treatment options and quality care in the field of adult cardiac surgery.

To further cement its position as the emirate’s CoE for adult cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will boost research and education in the field of cardiac sciences. The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute will collaborate with existing partners and health technology incubators to bring world-class research, education and innovation to Abu Dhabi.

CoEs must meet the minimum standard requirements issued by the DoH, which outline the criteria and prerequisites necessary for licensed healthcare facilities seeking to acquire the designation. The Department of Health outlined six key indicators that are taken into account when assessing whether the healthcare facility can be recognized as a CoE. The indicators cover the following points: clinical outcomes, patient experience, patient safety and quality of medical services, employee competency levels and facility medical education, research strategies and residency programs. The DoH also evaluates accreditations to determine the healthcare facility’s eligibility to become a CoE.


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