Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) community hospitals delivery of high quality specialized care to the population living outside of Doha has been commended by the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI).
Al Wakra, Al Khor and The Cuban Hospitals are bringing care closer to the communities so patients can access that care without traveling to Doha.
“We have seen significant growth of HMC’s three general hospitals in Al Khor, Al Wakra and Dukhan. These hospitals have an important role to play in releasing pressure on the busy Doha hospitals and providing care closer to patients’ homes,” said Mr. Mohammed Al Jusaiman, Deputy Chief of HMC’s General Hospitals Group and Chief Executive Officer of Al Khor Hospital.
“Patients living in these areas are now able to access a full range of secondary healthcare services close to home, and no longer need to travel to Doha for much of their hospital care,” he said.
In 2014, one quarter of the babies delivered in the Hamad network of hospitals were delivered in the general and community hospitals, and that number is continuously growing.
“The growth and expansion of our maternity services in Dukhan, Al Wakra and Al Khor has provided expectant mothers with greater options for their care,” said Mr. Al Jusaiman adding: “The underlying principle of one system, multiple sites means that patients can expect uniformly high standards of care wherever and whenever they choose to access our services.”
The three hospitals also seen a 37 percent increase in outpatient department visits in 2014, which illustrates patients are able to access more specialist services within their local communities.
The hospitals continue to add more specialist clinics and services. Al Wakra Hospital recently opened a state-of-the-art pediatric day surgery service. Al Khor Hospital has doubled obstetrics and gynecology clinics and The Cuban Hospital has opened a patient recovery hostel for patients who need follow up care and additional recovery time before being fully discharged.
This month, HMC became the first hospital system outside the US to achieve JCI’s Academic Medical Centre accreditation for all its hospitals simultaneously.
This follows almost two months of on-site surveys by the internationally-renowned independent JCI, which identifies, measures and shares leading practices in healthcare quality and patient safety across the world.