The largest non-profit healthcare provider in Qatar.

The only organization to deliver a comprehensive range of acute healthcare services, based on clinical need, not a patient's ability to pay.

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Significant changes lie ahead for the healthcare sector in Qatar.

Patient expectations for the best possible services continue to rise; legislation to introduce an insurance-based model for healthcare has been passed; new facilities will be opened and innovative new services will be provided.

HMC has begun a major journey of expansion and quality improvement of its clinical services, workforce and facilities in recent years to best prepare for the challenges ahead.

HMC is committed to continuing to invest and transform in order to meet the healthcare needs of a rapidly growing population. HMC is a forward-thinking organization that blends the best elements of Qatari values, innovation and skills, with high calibre international expertise. HMC's aim is to deliver the best and safest clinical care in the region with high patient satisfaction rates.

The backdrop to these transformational changes is a rapidly expanding population in Qatar. The nation has seen continued growth over the past few decades. In the ten years since 2002 the population grew from 740,000 to 1.8 million. With investment in Qatar set to continue, and the increasing demand for expatriate workers, the nation's growth is expected to continue for many years. According to the Qatar Statistics Authority, the total population is forecast to reach 2.5 million by 2020.

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National Health Strategy.

Qatar has set out its plans for the development and growth of the nation over the next two decades in the Qatar National Vision 2030, which focuses on four developmental pillars: human, social, economic and environmental.

The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 is aligned to the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030. It is an ambitious program, with seven goals and 39 specific projects, designed to transform health services in Qatar with the aim of supporting a healthy population, both physically and mentally.

The Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation and the Primary Health Care Corporation are working together to achieve a healthy, vibrant society in Qatar by promoting public health, encouraging healthy lifestyles, providing comprehensive community-based primary care and supporting advanced, best practice hospital and continuing care services that meet the needs of the country's diverse and rapidly growing population.

About Hamad Medical Corporation.

Established by Emiri decree in 1979, HMC reports to the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar and manages eight hospitals, a national Ambulance Service and a Home Healthcare Service.

Since its establishment, HMC has prided itself on providing safe, high quality, cost efficient and life changing healthcare for all its patients. HMC takes the lead on many key areas of the National Health Strategy, such as diabetes, cancer, organ transplantation and mental health. HMC's ethos is based on three key pillars - Health, Education and Research - which are reflected in its logo.

HMC is the largest employer in Qatar, with more than 20,000 staff (rising to 26,000 by the end of 2013), and is one the largest healthcare providers in the Middle East.

It has sought and achieved for the third time Joint Commission International accreditation in 2012. In the same year it became the first hospital system in the region to achieve the institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - International. This indicates that it meets the highest and most rigorous standards for physicians' specialty training.

HMC prides itself in providing quality and cost efficient care for all patients regardless of nationality, in line with the State of Qatar's pledge of “Health for All”. For this purpose, the Corporation implements a policy of continuous improvement of all management systems and patient care protocols.

Qatar's Academic Health System.

2011 saw the launch of Qatar's Academic Health System (AHS). Hamad is working closely with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and five leading health, education and research partners from across the country on this innovative new partnership that will transform healthcare in Qatar. Over the next five years, Qatar's AHS will improve the standard of care that patients receive, train the next generation of clinical and scientific leaders and support world-class research leading to new and exciting discoveries.

The AHS is the first partnership of its kind in the region, and the world's first nationwide academic health system. It will focus on those disease areas that place the greatest burden of mortality and morbidity on Qatar's population. Additionally, the AHS will promote 'translational research' - bringing new technologies, medicines and treatments from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside as quickly as possible.

A Translational Research Institute (TRI) is also under construction. A key component of the Academic Health System, the TRI will facilitate HMC's development as an internationally recognized health research organization and the leading health research organization in the region. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the TRI will provide state-of-the-art core research facilities to support internationally competitive translational (bench-to-bedside) and clinical research.

With a focus on the fields of cancer, trauma, infectious diseases, neuroscience, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and women's and children's health, the TRI will give researchers ready access to facilities that enable the translation of basic biomedical discoveries into new diagnostic biomarkers and therapies.

For the AHS website see http://ahs.hamad.qa/en/

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Academic Affiliations & Clinical Partnerships

Hamad Medical Corporation's vision is to achieve international recognition as a world-class quality healthcare provider. HMC is developing partnerships with leading local and international organizations in the fields of health, research and education.

Through these partnerships, HMC is seeking to redefine clinical expertise, transform the delivery of its services and bring innovative solutions to meet Qatar's current and future needs. Two leading examples of HMC's partnerships are with Partners HealthCare and SickKids International.

Unique partnership advancing women's healthcare in Qatar
A unique collaboration between HMC and Partners HealthCare will transform the Women's Hospital into one the leading hospitals in the region for obstetric and gynaecological healthcare.

Partners HealthCare is a not-for-profit, integrated academic health care system based in Boston in the United States (US), affiliated to Harvard. Under the agreement, Partners will share clinical expertise and international best practices with the Women's Hospital, one of the busiest in Qatar. As part of its long-running arrangement with Partners, specialists and leading clinicians from Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts General and Newton-Wellesley Hospitals will work side-by-side with the team at Women's Hospital to drive improvements in quality, patient care, and - ultimately - clinical outcomes.

Developing children's healthcare services in Qatar.

Since 2010 HMC and SickKids International have been working together to develop paediatric healthcare in Qatar. This complex partnership encompasses every aspect of paediatric healthcare in the country, from primary to tertiary paediatric services. The focus is on developing pediatric clinical programs, developing staff through education and training, and developing Child Health Research in Qatar. The partnership with SickKids International demonstrates Hamad Medical Corporation's commitment and dedication to delivering excellent paediatric healthcare services in Qatar.

Future expansion.

In order to meet the growing healthcare demands of the population, Hamad Medical Corporation is embarking on one of the biggest and most ambitious master facility plans ever seen in international healthcare. Work began in early 2011 on a three-year project that will deliver three new hospitals in Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City: a new Women's Hospital, an Ambulatory and Minimally Invasive Surgery Hospital and a Rehabilitation Hospital. Additionally, a Communicable Diseases Hospital will open in 2015.