Rochester, MN ( KROC AM News) -  A new DMC - in the Middle East.

Mayo Clinic is partnering with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company to operate one of the largest hospitals in the United Arab Emirates.

Mayo and SEAH are in the final stages of opening Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a 741-licensed bed hospital designed to provide specialty care across a range of clinical practices. The multispecialty, state-of-the-art hospital will be staffed by 2,240 caregivers, including more than 440 internationally trained physicians. The facility covers more than 3.2 million square feet.

According to a news release, “Mayo Clinic will become a shareholder in the new operating company, marking a new type of partnership by an international health care provider in the UAE.”

The release says their goal is “to be the preferred destination for patients needing serious or complex care in Abu Dhabi, with a plan to transition Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into a premier destination for medical care in the Middle East over the next decade.”

"This is a collaboration and a unique partnership in the region, with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses, administrators and others working side by side with colleagues from SEHA," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "Mayo Clinic's humanitarian mission and values are the foundation of our international strategy, which includes sharing and extending our culture, clinical knowledge and health care delivery expertise to help meet the needs of patients wherever they are. We look forward to transforming Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into the premier destination for medical care in the region.”

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