University Hospital Sharjah receives JCI for Healthcare Quality accreditation for third time

Celebrating 10 years of excellence and achievements, UHS highlights commitment to expand centres of excellence and provide finest & most innovative healthcare services

Marking the culmination of its celebration of its 10-year march towards excellence and achievement, the University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) has obtained for the third time an accreditation given by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for Healthcare Quality. It is a milestone that can further strengthen the UHS’s leading status as a provider of innovative and world-class medical services.

The new global accreditation reflects the hospital’s decade-long success under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who has directed the delivery of top-notch healthcare solutions backed by the best medical expertise and the latest technologies in the emirate.

The UHS’s several centers of excellence has been vital to helping enhance Sharjah’s healthcare system. Its Himchan UHS Spine and Joint Center, for instance, has so far performed about 1,000 surgeries and is currently managing more than 24,000 physiotherapy cases. The center is the result of the collaboration between UHS and Himchan Hospital, the Korean Center for Orthopaedics, Joints and Physiotherapy. Another is UHS’s Sharjah Fertility Center which has already helped more than 3,500 families who underwent fertility treatments and genetic testing.

Since 2011, the hospital has successfully expanded its portfolio of healthcare services across various medical specialties. It has also recorded remarkable accomplishments over the past 10 years, which included treating more than 1 million patients, performing over 300,000 surgeries and caring for 7,000 new-borns.

H.E. Abdullah Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) and Chairman of Board of Trustees at UHS, said: “We are proud of UHS’s 10-year march towards excellence and leadership. Through the years, it has been providing an integrated portfolio of high-quality healthcare services. This is in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to position Sharjah as a destination of choice among medical tourists and a leading healthcare hub that offers the global community with services according to the highest international standards. The JCI re-accreditation of the UHS proves the success of its pioneering efforts to develop and diversify its services as well as raise its local and regional competitiveness.”

He added: “We will continue to implement well-studied mechanisms to align our services with the global standards and fulfil our societal responsibilities and commitment to Sharjah and the UAE. Undoubtedly, our success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by our wise leadership, is a strong impetus for us to continuously provide new mechanisms and innovative services such as telemedicine and home delivery of medicines. Further, we will always strive to serve the community in cooperation with our partners from the government and private sectors.”

“Our collaboration with Sharjah Sports Club, for example, has enabled us to bring to our communities the expertise of our sports medicine physicians, while our partnership with Air Arabia has effectively allowed us to help treat employees working in the aviation industry. Looking ahead, we will establish more medical centers of excellence, as well as expand the capacity of our departments, especially our dialysis unit, and improve the quality of our services. Our plans are in line with our top priority of bringing happiness to all our patients.”

Ali Obaid Al Ali, Chief Executive Director and Member of the Board of Trustees, UHS, said: “Over the past 10 years, the UHS has cemented its position as a leading entity that provides excellent healthcare services and boasts of modern medical expertise and advanced technologies and facilities. We are operating at our maximum capacity, offering our various therapeutic, surgical and intensive care specialties. We are proud of our hospital’s numerous achievements, including treating more than 1 million patients, performing over 300,000 surgeries, and managing various centers of excellence to address the medical needs of different segments of our society. Our success drives us to provide the best services, increase our clinical capacity and support our medical and nursing staff. Our staff have performed excellently during this pandemic, treating patients suffering from respiratory illnesses and other medical conditions  and those in need of intensive care.”

Al Ali added: “We will continue to enhance our services delivered by our doctors who have been trained and gained experience in different European nations, the United States and Canada, among others. We also aim to attract more highly trained Arab medical professionals who can help communicate with our Arab patients. At UHS, we also provide comprehensive insurance coverage in partnership with leading insurance companies in the UAE so that we can serve wider segments of our communities.”

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah led the opening of UHS in 2011. It was established to further add value to the health services being offered at the University City and in Sharjah as a whole. The hospital’s offered specialties include internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and advanced breast cancer treatment. Its outpatient and emergency clinics, laboratories, check-up facilities, operation rooms, intensive care units, lecture rooms, and many more are integrated with modern technologies as well.

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