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21 December 2017

Biggest Healthcare Expansion in Region Boosts Care for the People of Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) new Medical City complex represents the biggest healthcare facility expansion in the region and will bring new services and care options to the people of Qatar.

Once fully operational, the three new hospitals – Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Women’s Wellness and Research Center, and the Ambulatory Care Center – will house 500 new hospital beds and 3,000 highly trained clinical and support staff.

“This is a project of immense size and complexity,” said HMC’s Chief of Healthcare Facilities Mr. Hamad Al Khalifa. “It is a significant improvement in space, environment, and infrastructure compared to current HMC facilities - a state-of-the-art home for an increasing range of innovative services offering new models of care.”

The size of 35 soccer pitches, the facilities have unique features including:

  • Home to the largest rehabilitation hospital in the region; Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), at 38,000 square meters, is the size of five soccer pitches;
  • The QRI houses seven indoor heated hydrotherapy pools, each with the highest water quality standards, and 11 rehabilitation gyms;
  • More than 2,000 meters of pneumatic tubes crisscross the three hospitals and transport medicine and lab specimens to various units within the hospitals in minutes;
  • The largest healthcare kitchen in the Middle East able to deliver up to 4,000 meals a day to patients and catering for more than 65 different diets;
  • The 17,000 babies born each year at the Women’s Wellness and Research Center will get the best start in life with more than 100 neonatal intensive care cots, seven operating theaters, 26 labor and delivery rooms, and 50 outpatient examination rooms;
  • The Ambulatory Care Center, which is delivering outpatient and day surgery services, is equipped with state-of-the-art theaters, an extensive radiology unit, examination suites and treatment rooms, and 12 examination rooms for ENT and audiology.

“Our Medical City hospitals are delivering on a promise to expand world-class facilities for the people of Qatar,” said Mr. Al Khalifa. “But this is not just about the bricks and mortar – the dedicated and highly-qualified clinical and support teams staffing these facilities will also deliver high-quality, compassionate care to every patient.”

“In support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, HMC has carefully designed and developed a wide range of new facilities to meet the demands of a growing population, bringing together clinical facilities and services to create a patient-centered healing environment.”

Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Acting Chief Medical Officer at HMC said the opening of the new hospitals is the culmination of many years of careful planning and hard work. “Our new hospitals provide a state-of-the-art home for a range of innovative services and new integrated models of care. Designed with the experience of our patients and their families in mind, we are delivering on a promise to expand world-class facilities, staffed by dedicated and highly-qualified specialist clinical and support teams who continuously strive to deliver the best possible compassionate and patient-centered care,” said Dr. Al Ansari.

Mr. Ali Al Janahi, Chief of Business Services at HMC, added that the new hospitals significantly strengthen the ability of HMC as the country’s principal healthcare provider to deliver safe, effective, and compassionate care to the people of Qatar for generations to come.

“The official opening of our three new hospitals highlights Hamad Medical Corporation’s commitment to supporting a healthy population in Qatar, both physically and mentally, as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030. These new hospitals are significantly increasing our capacity and improving our services by providing world-class environments in which our expert teams can deliver high-quality personalized care to our patients,” said Mr. Al Janahi.

Since opening, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, the Ambulatory Care Center, and the Women’s Wellness and Research Center have been delivering a number of inpatient and outpatient services, with thousands benefitting from the care provided. Mr. Mahmoud Al Raisi, Chief of HMC’s Continuing Care Group, said the new hospitals not only expand HMC’s capacity and the range of services it is able to offer to patients but they also improve and build upon the organization’s ability to deliver expert care across a wide range of specialist areas.

“Each of these three new hospitals provides truly world-class healthcare facilities and environments in which our dedicated clinical teams can deliver the best possible care to patients. I am excited about the positive impact that Qatar Rehabilitation Institute can have for patients on their journey to recovery. The opening of the QRI is just one of many additions to our continuing care group in recent years, adding to the Enaya Specialized Care Center and Enaya Continuing Care Center, which provide long-term care for specific population groups,” said Mr. Al Raisi. Ms. Fatima Haider, Chief Human Resources Officer at HMC, said the opening of the three Medical City Hospitals is not only a significant expansion of the healthcare provider’s facilities and services but also its human capital.

“There will be more than 3000 clinical and support staff working at the new hospitals, all bringing their unique skills and experiences to our teams. This is our biggest period of workforce growth in the history of HMC and will ensure we can continue to deliver the highest standards of healthcare to the people of Qatar,” said Ms. Haider.

Earlier this month, Mr. Ali Abdullah Al Khater, HMC’s Chief Communications Officer and Chair of the Healthcare Communications Committee, announced the launch of a website dedicated exclusively to the new Medical City Hospitals. He said the new website is part of an effort to help patients, and other members of the community get to know the three facilities as well as their staff and services. The website for the new Medical City Hospitals can be accessed at www.newhmchospitals.qa

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