UAE combats coronavirus: New 80-bed hospital opened in Abu Dhabi

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The 80-bed hospital has been opened in a short span of 15 days to take care of Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Sun 10 May 2020, 9:46 AM

Last updated: Sun 10 May 2020, 11:53 AM

An 80-bed hospital has been opened up in the Abu Dhabi in a short span of 15 days to take care of Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms.

Reem Hospital, a portfolio company of Investcorp, in collaboration with the Department of Health and SEHA, on Sunday commissioned Dar Al Shifaa Hospital in Khalifa City A to make 80 beds available to support the UAE government in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reem Hospital said it has volunteered to operate and manage 80 beds at Dar Al Shifaa Hospital, on a non-profit basis, from April 22 for quarantine and care of Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, in line with its commitment to support the UAE's relentless efforts in battling and eradicating the Covid-19 pandemic and safeguarding the community.

Zaid Al Siksek, Chairman, Reem Hospital, said: "We are honoured to support the UAE's leadership during this challenging time. Our management, employees and suppliers have worked around the clock over the past two weeks to allow Dar Al Shifaa Hospital to be operational and provide additional supply of beds, supporting existing healthcare infrastructure. We are proud to be collaborating with SEHA, providing support and expertise as we come together in the nation's fight against Covid-19."

Investcorp invested in Reem Hospital in 2018, as part of Investcorp's greater focus on healthcare in the MENA region. Investcorp's Head of Private Equity MENA, Walid Majdalani, said: "With the growing demand for quality healthcare due to Covid-19, we at Investcorp, along with our portfolio companies, are looking at various ways to support in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic. We are confident that the activation of Dar Al Shifaa Hospital will help address the need for hospital beds and medical staff in Abu Dhabi."

Reem Hospital is currently under construction on Abu Dhabi's Reem Island and set to open in the second half of 2020. The hospital will be a 200+ bed hospital focusing on post-acute rehabilitation and women and child health as well as outpatients and inpatient services. The hospital has been designed and built, and will be operated and managed, in partnership with Fresenius Vamed, a global developer and operator of healthcare assets focusing on post-acute rehabilitation. Reem Hospital aims to provide an integrated and value-based approach to healthcare with measurable patient outcomes.

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