The Business Year

Gregory F. Shaffer

CEO, Tawam Hospital

We have a very high percentage of Emiratis working for us, which has been a priority from the outset: identifying capable nationals and helping them develop their careers. We employ many excellent people, and both our CFO and Deputy CEO along with other key figures are nationals. The doctors we have here, especially those from the US, enjoy teaching the Emirati staff, and our relationship with the UAE Faculty of Medicine is strong. A number of educational programs, like the Fatima College of Health Sciences for Nursing, and the various technical colleges, place IT graduates and bio-medical engineers with us for training and work experience.

Steven A. Matarelli

CCO, Tawam Hospital

We have a very high percentage of Emiratis working for us, which has been a priority from the outset: identifying capable nationals and helping them develop their careers. We employ many excellent people, and both our CFO and Deputy CEO along with other key figures are nationals. The doctors we have here, especially those from the US, enjoy teaching the Emirati staff, and our relationship with the UAE Faculty of Medicine is strong. A number of educational programs, like the Fatima College of Health Sciences for Nursing, and the various technical colleges, place IT graduates and bio-medical engineers with us for training and work experience.

Dr. Charles Stanford

CEO, Dr. Charles Stanford

Abu Dhabi faces challenges similar to the rest of the Gulf, since the small number of UAE doctors and nurses are insufficient to treat the predominantly expatriate population. As we progress in the UAE and develop partnerships, this situation may change. Other good doctors at different stages of their professional careers are willing to come and share their clinical expertise. In 2012, well over 5,000 doctors and nurses attended MENA’s events. Our personnel are preparing for JCI accreditation, and over the next five years our strategy is to become the best private hospital in the region and the preferred choice for the services we offer.

Bashar Al Ramahi

CEO, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC)

Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest-growing health issues, up from 371 million people in 2012 to 382 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation. It is suggested that approximately 18.9% of the UAE’s population is living with diabetes. ICLDC offers holistic Diabetes Management care for every patient. We have a faculty of educators—nutritionists and dieticians—who guide each patient on healthy lifestyle habits. We are very active in the community with our public health awareness program, “Diabetes-Knowledge-Action,“ under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. Our message is that diabetes and related complications can be managed and even prevented by adopting the smart, simple steps of a healthy lifestyle practice—a balanced diet and daily, brisk exercise.

Fred M. DeGrandis

Interim CEO, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)

Care and health services in Abu Dhabi are in many ways equal to those of the US, particularly at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center (SKMC). We signed a major agreement with the Higher College of Technology that will afford it priority in rotations at SKMC and expose more nationals to healthcare positions, as we advance the Emiratization process. SKMC has active programs to take individuals who make up the leadership of our health system, and send them to the Cleveland Clinic for a 12-month fellowship course in hospital management. We work very hard to find the right people to complete their education and residency positions in our hospitals in the UAE.

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