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New hospital work to start

April 24 - 30, 2019

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly New hospital work to start

A new American Mission Hospital (AMH) facility, specifically focusing on the well-being of women and children, will be breaking ground today in A’ali.

It’s the first step to offering new healthcare provisions to residents in the area, with a multi-specialty hospital to follow.

The ceremony for the private, not-for-profit medical operation will be carried out by invited VIPs and once built it will be AMH’s fifth base in Bahrain alongside its original Manama hospital and sister clinics in Saar, Amwaj Islands and Riffa.

The GulfWeekly first revealed plans for the new facility last October and corporate chief executive officer Dr George Cheriyan is thrilled to see the project coming to fruition.

“The opening of the new American Mission Hospital at A’ali is a new beginning in setting the standards of a futuristic health care organisation in Bahrain,” said Dr George. “AMH has been providing healthcare to the people of Bahrain for nearly 120 years. The expansion of our services is part of a 10-year strategic plan to be in sync with the changes being introduced in Bahrain through the introduction of universal healthcare and the increased private-public partnership.

“The future of medicine is to provide increased care in the community and home, and hence the hospital will be equipped with the latest telemedicine capabilities to source expert consultations seamlessly from around the world.

“AMH is a trusted brand in healthcare in Bahrain, and we aim to improve on what the hospital has been to the people of Bahrain by providing state-of-the-art high quality care at prices that are affordable for all segments of the community.”

Dr George says the new facility will be built in two phases – with the opening of a Maternity and Children’s Hospital first, to be followed by a multi-specialty hospital with 100 beds.

The facility will be set in 30,000sqm of grounds and feature intensive care units, operating rooms, an imaging centre, an infertility centre and a 300-seat auditorium for meetings and conferences.

There will also be a special-needs children’s development assessment and treatment centre. A training centre for medical students will also be established.

The Reformed Church in America co-owns the enterprise, which runs under a government ministry. Shaikh Mohamed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa holds the position of board chairman and its members include Hall Delano Roosevelt, the grandson of a former US president and a leading Bahrain-based businessman.

The ground-breaking ceremony will be carried out in the presence of Eddy Alemán, the General Secretary and Head of the Reformed Church in America, local dignitaries, the Deputy Chief of Mission from the US embassy, Aimee Cutrona, other hospital board representatives and AMH members of staff, as well as invited guests and the media.

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