Dignity Health International (DHI), the international arm of CommonSpirit Health, the top US hospital system, is buying a minority stake in RAK Hospital, the multi-specialty hospital of Arab Healthcare Group (AHG).
AHG will be a common platform for the delivery of advanced healthcare services in the UAE and the wider MENA region.
Together, DHI and AHG are developing a growth strategy to further enhance the level of healthcare delivery in Ras Al Khaimah, which will be supported through co-investments and collaborations. This strategic alliance will help bring US healthcare protocols to RAK Hospitals to provide the highest level of care to patients.
Further strengthening RAK Hospital’s position as a preferred medical destination for international and local patients, the alliance will provide patients with specialist care in the areas of cardiac services, orthopedic surgery, neuroscience, musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation at Ras Al Hospital Hippocampus.
In addition, for specific and advanced medical requirements, RAK Hospital will facilitate the patient’s journey by arranging the most suitable facility for the patient through CommonSpirit’s 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites in 21 states of the United States .
Dr. Raza Siddiqui, CEO of Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director of RAK Hospitals, said: “This is the first time a top US healthcare company has invested directly in a hospital in the Middle East. Through this partnership, AHG is pleased to bring state-of-the-art US protocols and procedures to Ras Al Khaimah, positioning RAK Hospital as the healthcare facility of choice for advanced tertiary care requirements.”
Patient Navigation Center
AHG and DHI will collaborate to develop and manage a Patient Navigator Center that will provide patients and their clinicians access to exceptional clinical expertise across the CommonSpirit affiliate network and further support patients seeking healthcare at one of the CommonSpirit Centers of Excellence in the United States. Through this integrated patient navigation center, AHG and DHI will help these patients identify the most appropriate CommonSpirit facility for treatment and manage and provide continuity of pre- and post-care. Clinical teams from both health systems will be able to coordinate care virtually to reduce the burden of medical travel for regional patients.
The Patient Navigation Center will be a hub and spoke model with RAK Hospital as the central hub and will be accomplished through the development of Satellite Navigation Centers in other countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bahrain etc.
Additionally, the DHI and AHG management teams are collaborating on a Visiting Physician Program where CommonSpirit physicians will work with RAK Hospitals to develop best-in-class protocols for targeted specialties. Additionally, by leveraging digital technologies, DHI and AHG will seamlessly provide CommonSpirit expertise to RAK Hospital patients through telehealth services.
“Our mission to improve the health of all people extends beyond the United States. We are excited to further strengthen our relationship with RAK Hospitals, bringing CommonSpirit’s clinical expertise, innovation and high-quality healthcare to the Mena region,” said Dan Morissette, CommonSpirit Chief Financial Officer .
The expansion of the existing 65-bed RAK Hospital to 200 beds will enhance healthcare delivery by providing advanced tertiary care. The initial focus will be on cardiac services, neuroscience, orthopedics, musculoskeletal disorders, rehabilitation and selected other services.
The hospital expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025. Another major area of focus will be virtual tumor boards, which will allow consultation and diagnosis of complex cancer cases, bringing patients closer to home.
Gregg Davis, Senior Vice President of CommonSpirit and Chief Administrative Officer of Dignity Health International, said, “This alliance gives us the opportunity to partner with Arabian Healthcare Group to leverage our clinical expertise to help build sustainable healthcare delivery systems for populations around the world. ”
CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 points of care in 21 US states. Care centers with widely recognized clinical expertise in CommonSpirit’s U.S. network include Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona; Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas Heart Institute and Seattle, Washington Franciscan Health Center at Virginia Mason. — trade arab news agency