Dubai, UAE: The American Hospital Dubai has been recognized by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, for earning the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, among a total of 27 public and private medical institutions honoured for this achievement. Mr Buti Al Mulla, Managing Director of American Hospital Dubai , received the award on behalf of the Hospital.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recent held a ceremony to mark the occasion, attended by Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, State minister for cabinet affairs, Essam Al Humaidan, Dubai Attorney General, Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Board Chairman, Executive Director of the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Hussein Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Qadi Al Murooshid, Director General of the DHA, Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development and a number of officials.
American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East – and only the second in the world – to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and successfully underwent further surveys by the JCI in 2003, 2006, 2009 – and in 2012, to maintain its accredited status for a fifth time.
Joint Commission International (JCI) is a subsidiary of the American accreditation organization which sets the standards for the quality of healthcare organizations in the USA. JCI carries out surveys on its accredited hospitals every three years – an intensive, four-day survey undertaken by an evaluation team from the JCI, including a Physician, Nurse and Hospital administrator. The four-day survey covers more than 350 JCI standards and over 1,200 Measurable Elements are examined.
Mr Thomas Murray, CEO of the American Hospital Dubai , commented: “The management and staff are all extremely proud that the Hospital has been honoured by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai, for our achievement in being awarded JCI accreditation. We sincerely hope that our unique record of accreditations has also contributed to Dubai’s continued success in developing as the regional hub of world class healthcare in the Middle East. Maintaining our JCI accreditation for a record fifth time, and our College of American Pathologists accreditation, represents the continuation of our quality journey and is only achievable through the close collaboration of all our physicians, staff and management as we continue to expand and develop our services. This is a testament to the strong teamwork developed at the Hospital over 15 years of serving the community.”
Joint Commission International is dedicated to improving the quality of health care through voluntary accreditation. Joint Commission International’s uniform, high standards for patient care and safety are designed to be adaptable to local needs, thus accommodating legal, religious and cultural factors within a country. Standards focus on the areas that most directly impact patient care. These include access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights, and education. Standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement, hospital leadership, and management of information.
About the American Hospital Dubai
The American Hospital Dubai is a 159-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with more than 88 physician multi-specialty group practice, designed to provide a high quality, American standard of healthcare to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.
The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and successfully underwent further surveys by the JCI in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 to maintain its accredited status. The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai earned its sixth consecutive accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), in 2011.
The American Hospital Dubai has continued to expand to meet the demand for more personalized services, comfort and convenience, while broadening the services and deepening the level of expertise and care offered. In response to the strong increase in local and regional demand for its services, the hospital constructed a new state of the art Outpatient Clinic Building.
In addition to the new facilities and services, the hospital continues its ongoing physician recruitment plan, which will extend the number of American Board Certified or equivalent practicing physicians at the Hospital to over 100.
The hospital’s new bed tower is currently rolling out new facilities that will create an additional 240 beds in private rooms and suites, transforming the hospital into a 384-bed campus.
Issued on behalf of the American Hospital Dubai by WPR
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