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SNUH will continue to operate Sheikh Khalifa Special Hospital

Lee Han-soo  Published 2019.07.02  17:07  Updated 2019.07.02 17:07

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Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) said it has won the renewal of the consignment operating agreement from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to run Sheikh Khalifa Special Hospital (SKSH) for an additional five years.

SNUH President and CEO Kim Yon-su and Sultan Dahi Al Humairi, UAE’s undersecretary of support services sector at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, renewed the consignment operating agreement, on Monday.

SNUH signed the first five-year consignment operating agreement with the UAE government in August 2014. The Korean hospital has since run the UAE institution by dispatching medical workers and using its healthcare system.

The UAE hospital, located in Ras Al Khaimah, is a 248-bed, nonprofit public hospital donated by the president of the UAE to the community. The hospital is a tertiary hospital focusing on cancer, heart disease, childhood illness, emergency medicine, rehabilitation medicine, and neurological disorders.

A total of 228 Korean doctors, nurses, and other medical worker are working at the hospital, along with 1,000 international staff members.

“The Korean operators have treated 103,600 outpatients, 5,000 hospitalized patients and conducted about 2,000 surgeries,” SNUH said in a press release. “The UAE hospital also passed the international certification of the Joint Commission International (JCI) known for demanding high standards, receiving high marks in 2016.”

With the renewal of the contract, SNUH plans to enhance its operation by strengthening the existing medical services, such as cutting-edge heart valve treatment and one-stop breast cancer treatment.

“The renewal of the SKSH operation agreement once again showed our outstanding medical care and hospital management capacity,” SNUH President and CEO Kim Yon-su said. “We plan to continue to spread the excellence of Korean medical care to the world by actively promoting overseas business.”

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