Abu Dhabi’s Capital Health signs partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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Abu Dhabi’s Capital Health signs partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — Global Leader in Rehabilitation Care — for New Specialist Hospital in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

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MEGAN WASHBURN 312.238.6016 MWASHBURN@SRALAB.ORG

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Capital Health, the UAE’s best-in-class integrated health group, today signed a partnership with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.  

The partnership will enable delivery of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's leading model of care at Capital Health’s Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) in Abu Dhabi for patients who are recovering from debilitating conditions and injuries — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer-related impairment. Set to open later this year, the hospital — a first of its kind in the region — is designed in response to the UAE’s Vision 2021 to achieve a world-class healthcare system, and to ensure local patients have access to the very best treatment and care. 

We embrace SRH's vision to be the most trusted rehabilitation provider in the region and applaud the leadership team's thoughtful and diligent process to create a world-class facility powered by exceptional talent.

Joanne C. Smith, M.D.

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SRH, located in the heart of the UAE's capital, will deliver a full range of services, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and will utilize the latest technology in bionics and robotics. The partnership will leverage the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's applied research expertise, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer.  

Dr. Mishal Al Kasimi, Chief Executive Officer of Capital Health, said: “Partnering with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an important milestone for Capital Health as we create specialized hospitals and medical centres to serve the needs of UAE residents and medical tourists, in line with UAE Vision 2021 and Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has developed a model for one of the most innovative care facilities in the world, known for its science-driven breakthroughs in human ability. Our ability to apply this model at Capital Health’s Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital will change the region’s healthcare landscape by transforming the approach taken to patients’ recovery from debilitating illness and injury — whether they are adults or children, and over the short- and long-term. Ultimately, our advanced infrastructure will do away with the need for patients in the UAE to travel abroad for treatment and will help meet the growing demand for the country’s medical tourism market.”

Joanne C. Smith, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Dr. Al Kasimi and Capital Health to advance human ability for patients in the UAE. Capital Health's medical and operational expertise, coupled with our commitment to best-in-class care and research, will raise the bar in rehabilitation medicine and create a leading center of excellence. We embrace SRH's vision to be the most trusted rehabilitation provider in the region and applaud the leadership team's thoughtful and diligent process to create a world-class facility powered by exceptional talent.”

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Capital Health launched in October 2017 with two flagship facilities in Abu Dhabi under development. The 166-bed Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) will provide acute and long-term rehabilitation care, along with inpatient, outpatient and home care capabilities. Health Shield Medical Center will be a multi-specialty healthcare facility located at Ministries Complex next to Khalifa Park. 

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Advisory Services group works with organizations in the U.S. and around the world to grow capacity and enhance access to rehabilitation services.

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