SEHA begins reform of paediatric services with clinical affiliation

WAM ABU DHABI, 24th December, 2013 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) has organised a high level meeting for a number of representatives from global hospitals, specifically centres of excellence in paediatrics, in order to familiarise them with the company’s requirements in forming a strategic clinical affiliation agreement between SEHA and a specific internationally recognised paediatric service provider in the coming years.

Four leading international children’s hospitals from the United States have participated in the workshop: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, Children’s National Medical Centre and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

During the process, a team from SEHA senior management familiarised the visiting delegations with SEHA expectations for them to offer once an agreement with one of the providers is finalised. The overall aim of this initiative is to further improve and enhance the delivery of paediatric services within the SEHA HealthSystem.

The initiative is part of a general strategy for SEHA designed to promote the transition to a healthcare model which utilises service lines. Service lines are organised arrays of clinical services focused on the health of specific populations, and they enable delivery of healthcare in an integrated and coordinated manner across numerous SEHA sites and specified geographical areas.

Service lines improve performance across SEHA’s health facilities in six key areas – patient safety and quality, operational service excellence, strategy and growth, people, financial performance and research and education. Service lines operate in SEHA across a variety of specialities such as paediatrics, heart and vascular, orthopaedics and rheumatology and neurosciences.

SEHA’s strategic plan is designed to provide integrated healthcare to all of Abu Dhabi residents in accordance with the highest international standards. The company also aims to shift from external management of hospitals to clinical services designed specifically for the Abu Dhabi population.

SEHA’s mission is to promote the importance of the patient in everything it does in order to improve customer service and productivity in its health facilities. Throughout all of SEHA’s operations, constant heed and consideration is paid to the issues that could affect performance and patient satisfaction and to continually improve to recognised international standards The objective of the pre-bid meeting is to create a mutual understanding of the partnership and deliverables to provide the highest international standards of care in the field of paediatrics in the U.A.E. in general, and in Abu Dhabi in particular.

This will be achieved via SEHA’s HealthSystem facilities, which are spread across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Aiming to provide healthcare in the field of rare paediatric medical sub-specialties, such as Cardiac Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Haematology and Oncology and other complex medical disciplines, SEHA is actively seeking partnerships with world-class organisations in these domains.

The partnership and affiliation between SEHA and a globally prominent hospital is to take advantage of that provider’s global expertise in the field of paediatrics. In particular, the intention is to establish a centre of research and education in this area and to train medical staff in accordance with the highest international standards.

The affiliation will also aim to provide scientific and training opportunities for U.A.E. nationals in paediatrics, enabling them to contribute to the development of the U.A.E., with the overall goal of providing premium healthcare for U.A.E. nationals and residents alike. SEHA plans to develop a new children’s hospital in the project of the New Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. This specialised paediatrics centre will be built to provide the highest quality healthcare for children throughout the U.A.E. and shall serve as the referral centre, nationally and regionally, for rare paediatric sub-specialties.

SEHA intends to attract physicians and specialists from all over the world, with the specific goal of promoting and elevating the paediatrics department’s services at its hospitals, through collaboration with a partner and the exchange of expertise.

Paediatrics is considered a key area of study within SEHA’s health facilities due to the expected increase in paediatric patient volumes. With the Emirate’s high birth rate, 16 percent of the native population younger than 14 years of age, and a further 4 percent aged between 14 and 19, paediatric needs will only increase over time. .

In accordance with this significant growth in patient load, SEHA allocates 255 beds within its healthcare facilities to paediatrics.

Paediatrics is one of seventeen planned service lines for SEHA. Once the re-organisation of SEHA’s services has taken place, SEHA will be organised around this basic structure of service lines and a number of shared support services, including ambulatory services, radiology, dialysis and laboratory medicine.

Throughout the procurement process, SEHA seeks the highest quality and best value for the U.A.E. Government and its people. In accordance with this, SEHA is committed to an open, fair and transparent process. There is to be a common assessment undertaken by all bidders with a clear scoring guide for proposals, based on criteria which will be communicated to tendering affiliates beforehand. SEHA aims to have a partner in place by March, 2014, with the deadline for tenders being 12 p.m., U.A.E. local time, 3rd February, 2014.

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