RAK Hospital, a private hospital in Dubai’s northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, has said it plans to triple its capacity to become a 200-bed facility by end of 2024, in order to cater to an increasing local and international demand. It claims MENA patients will gain access to a global network of 25,000+ physicians through its collaboration between Arabian Healthcare Group (AHG) and CommonSpirit Health, a U.S. healthcare provider.
The collaboration, which was first announced in 2018, means that AHG’s flagship brand, RAK Hospital, is the only healthcare institution in the MENA region to be aligned with Dignity Health International (DHI), CommonSpirit’s international health representative.
The collaboration also heralds an expansion of RAK Hospital, which will triple its capacity to become a 200-bed facility by 2024.
The key areas of collaboration with CommonSpirit, which operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites across 21 U.S. states, will include digital innovation, training and education, clinical alignment, care coordination, network expansion and improving the overall patient experience.
With emphasis on cardiac services, orthopedics, neurosciences, musculoskeletal conditions, and rehabilitation, the expansion is designed to allow regional patients to receive coordinated care and have access to clinical expertise across DHI’s affiliated network of doctors.
Commenting on the new development, Dr. Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of RAK Hospital and Arabian Healthcare Group CEO, said: “RAK Hospital was designed to be a destination hospital for both local and international patients, with its specialized surgical capabilities and best-in-class facilities. Our scalable model allowed us to first win the trust and confidence of the local community and then gain immense popularity with regional and international patients. This natural progression has led to the creation of our unique relationship with CommonSpirit.”
Talking about the expansion, Dr. Siddiqui states: “We are tripling our capacity to become a 200-bed facility by the end of 2024. This will enable us to cater to the increasing influx of medical tourists expected in the United Arab Emirates, as well as to meet the increased demand for quality health care which will be created by implementation of mandatory health insurance in the Northern Emirates in the coming years. The expansion will equip us to serve local and international patients with high-quality care.”
Digital and smart health practices that are successful in DHI network hospitals will also be implemented at RAK Hospital, while the potential of artificial intelligence will be harnessed to create improved patient experiences. In addition, a further scale-up of telehealth services will be implemented to support the expansion requirements.