GMC Hospital Ajman in the United Arab Emirates became the first hospital in the world to be accredited by the new international accreditor QHA Trent.
Regional healthcare player Thumbay Group has announced a Dh350 million expansion plan as well as a new brand identity for the Gulf Medical University and GMC Hospitals. The expansion plan in its first phase will cover several new projects, and the investment will be financed through Islamic banks.
"Learn from the World" will be the new brand statement for the Gulf Medical University. With over a decade of experience, the Gulf Medical University and GMC Hospitals have grown into international brands of repute and hence the need for a stronger brand value. The Gulf Medical University will be the first-of-its-kind full-fledged campus with a 300-bed specialty hospital, a mosque, a health club, an additional floor at the existing building, an expanded library, housing and hostel for faculty and staff, a convention center, an amphitheatre, and a restaurant. This will all be ready by 2012 as part of the first phase expansion.
GMC Hospitals is opening up new state-of-the-art hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as a medical centre in Sharjah.Going global, the group plans to open a second unit of the GMC Hospital in Malawi, Africa, as well as spread its services to India. With the launch of the new brand identity, GMC Hospital promises several hi-tech services with focus on quality and patient safety. The QHA Trent, accreditation is seen as essential to encouraging medical tourism and the inflow of international patients to the GMC Hospital Ajman, located only 15 minutes from Dubai. Already receiving more than 100 patients a month from various countries.GMC’s Body & Soul fitness and leisure arm will soon be opening several outlets in Sharjah and Dubai.
QHA-Trent has been busy globally, to help tell people of the new organization. Professor Steve Green has visited St James Hospital in Malta, the flagship hospital of the leading private hospital group of that country, and was then part of a London health seminar where the UK and Chinese governments signed a memorandum of understanding to develop mutual collaboration on healthcare between the two countries. Meanwhile, Dr Alan Fletcher visited Cebu Doctors University Hospital, a leading hospital in the Philippines, and gave a series of lectures and seminars.