November 27, 2019

Mayo Clinic announces joint venture to operate ‘mega-hospital’ in United Arab Emirates

By Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
by Joe Carlson

Mayo Clinic, a Minnesota-born institution known for attracting patients from the Middle East and around the world, is entering a joint venture that will run a new “mega-hospital” in the United Arab Emirates. The Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a four-tower medical campus in the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi, will formally open in early 2020 operated by a for-profit joint venture in which Mayo Clinic is becoming a shareholder, Mayo officials announced Sunday morning. Mayo officials said the long-term goal is to have the hospital project grow into a Mayo-caliber center of expertise and capabilities in complex care and diagnostic medicine. “This is a collaboration and unique partnership in the region, with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses, administrators and others working side by side with colleagues from [the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company],” Mayo CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia said Sunday in an announcement about the joint venture.

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Context: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit global leader in medical care, education and research, have announced a joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions. As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will become a shareholder in the new operating company, marking a new type of partnership by an international health care provider in the UAE.

SEHA's and Mayo Clinic's clinical and management teams are working together to open Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a 741-licensed bed hospital designed to provide specialty care across a range of clinical practices, setting new benchmarks for medical care and experience in the UAE. The collaborators have a common goal to be the preferred destination for patients needing serious or complex care in Abu Dhabi, with a plan to transition Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into a premier destination for medical care in the Middle East over the next decade. You can read and view more about the agreement on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Sharon Theimer

Tags: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic, Roshanak Didehban, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Star Tribune, Uncategorized

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