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UAE: Two Abu Dhabi hospitals designated as Stroke Centers of Excellence – News


Both have interdisciplinary teams made up of licensed and trained professionals in the field of cerebrovascular and neurological disorders from all relevant disciplines

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published: Monday, July 3, 2023 at 7:04 pm

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and Sheikh Shah Bhut Medical City (SSMC) Hospital have been declared Centers of Excellence for Stroke in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Announcing the news, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) emphasized that both medical institutions are classified as stroke centers due to their ability to provide high quality and excellence in stroke care. This world-class care is delivered through a multidisciplinary team of licensed and trained cerebrovascular and neurological disease professionals across all relevant disciplines including emergency medicine, stroke neurology, interventional neuroradiology Neurology, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Diagnostic Radiology.

Both hospitals have a system of excellence in stroke care with advanced facility infrastructure, diverse clinical services, continuous quality and performance monitoring, advanced education and research activities, international accreditation of facilities and knowledge and expertise of healthcare professionals Improve professional skills.

Presentation of the Center of Excellence plaque was attended by Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Ministry of Health; Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, CEO and Managing Director, M42 Group; and the Ministry of Health Deputy Minister Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi.

“The Department of Health continues to take a patient-centred approach in delivering world-class healthcare while reducing response times for all medical emergencies, including stroke responses,” Dr Gatti said.

Multispecialty Nursing at SSMC

SSMC has a 24/7 state-of-the-art stroke unit with multispecialty care from specially trained stroke specialists: disorders affecting blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord (cerebrovascular neurologists), interventional neuroradiologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiotherapy division) and emergency medicine.

“Recognition as a Center of Excellence in Stroke Care is an important testament to the progress made in SSMC’s stroke services, including interventional neuroradiology,” said SSMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Naser Ammash.

“We launched our state-of-the-art vascular suite for the diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke less than a year ago and we have seen excellent results. We have performed many mechanical thrombectomy procedures in that time. We Our integrated multispecialty practice, supported by education, research and innovation, enables our experts to provide unique and timely integrated multidisciplinary care for a wide range of common and complex neurological conditions,” noted Dr. Ammash.

CCAD Comprehensive Service

At the same time, CCAD provides a series of comprehensive services, providing the latest diagnosis and treatment options for patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases. A team of world-class stroke neurologists, neurointerventionalists, vascular neurosurgeons and specialists provide individualized outcomes for each patient, guided by advanced imaging technologies such as the ARTIS Icono, the most advanced stroke interventional system in the region chemical care. This state-of-the-art artificial intelligence-enhanced system ensures faster, more accurate assessment and treatment of stroke patients and improves outcomes over traditional systems. In addition to expertise and technology, patient experience and safety are other key areas of focus for the CCAD Stroke Center.

Dr Mumtaz Khan, Chief of Staff and Acting Chief Medical Officer, CCAD, said: “Our skilled nursing staff and cutting-edge technological solutions deliver the best possible clinical outcomes for stroke and other neurological conditions. This eliminates the need for Emiratis to travel abroad for complex care needs.”

Minimum requirements

The department outlines the criteria and prerequisites for a healthcare facility to be designated as a Center of Excellence. There are six key metrics to consider: clinical outcomes, patient experience, patient safety and quality of care, staff competency levels, and the facility’s medical education, research strategy, and residency programs. The Ministry of Health also assesses accreditation to determine if a healthcare facility qualifies as a Center of Excellence.


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