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Posted On: 4 July 2009 08:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

User-friendly design for HMC hospitals

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The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is developing a new design scheme for three of its hospitals to address a space crunch and provide a better environment and experience to patients and visitors. The three-year project, undertaken by the Center for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) at HMC, aims to develop a comprehensive interior and exterior design for these hospitals. The project has entered its second phase and the interior design will be ready in a year, according to the just released 2008-2009 annual report of HMC. In the coming three years, HMC will double its bed space with the opening of five new hospitals and add more advanced facilities and services to its various departments, senior HMC officials were quoted as saying in the report. “The health sector is expanding tremendously and HMC’s services and capacity are continuously expanding. In only three years, HMC’s capacity will be more than double and its programmes will expand to cover new areas of special clinical services and expertise,” said HMC chairperson Dr Latifa Al Houti. Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, HMC’s managing director, said HMC was ready to address the new demands of the rapidly growing population of the country. “A glance at the number of surgeries performed in HMC this year (32,434), the visits to our emergencies (702,427), ambulance rides to the emergency (53,603) and healthy babies delivered (15,329) is an indication of the lives saved every single day in HMC hospitals and the remarkable workload of our clinical services,” said Al Kuwari. “We look forward to commissioning and opening over the next few years the Cardiology Hospital (2009), Al Wakra Hospital (2011), the Children’s Hospital (2012), the new Women’s Hospital (2012) and the Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Hospital (2012), which are designed to be state-of-the-art and will provide much needed relief in terms of space and workload to our current hospitals,” she added. She said over the past year, HMC had implemented new management and performance monitoring systems and was working on a gradual transition from a centralised model of management to a decentralised one with individual hospitals responsible and accountable for their performance. It has also introduced a number of community-based services such as a new Home Care programme and the Rumailah Hospital Assisted Living Scheme to support patients’ transition to independent living.