Sep 14 2011

SEHA Announces the Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer from Cleveland Clinic at SKMC

Dr. Jeff Staples, SKMC CEO.
Dr. Jeff Staples, SKMC CEO.

September 14, 2011, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company ( SEHA ) has appointed Jeffrey Staples, M.D., MBA, as Chief Executive Officer of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City ( SKMC ) managed by Cleveland Clinic, one of SEHA 's healthsystem facilities. Dr. Staples will be relieving Baltej 'Tej' Maini, M.D., who was appointed CEO in October 2009, after serving as chair of the SEHA/ SKMC Board. SKMC is part of the SEHA HealthSystem and is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC ( SEHA ), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Staples brings 15 years of healthcare management experience to SKMC , most recently serving as Group Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Health Partners in China where he specialized in business development, strategy and planning; healthcare systems design and integration; healthcare operations; and Joint Commission International preparations. He earned his medical degree from Columbia University in 1993 and his masters in business administration from San Francisco State University in 1989.

" SKMC is impressive in its array of healthcare services and its commitment to patient satisfaction," Dr. Staples said. "To continue providing such a high level of care, it is important to focus on employee and physician engagement through transparency, consistency, empowerment and mentoring."

As CEO of SKMC , Dr. Maini focused on quality and outcomes, which led to the publication of the first Quality and Patient Safety book, a successful 2011 JCIA re-accreditation and the first ever College of American Pathologists (CAP) certification. Dr. Maini also initiated the SKMC Experience, in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic's Office of Patient Experience, to enhance patient and employee satisfaction and teamwork. He led the creation of SKMC 's five-year strategic plan and master facility plan, while restructuring the Outpatient Specialty Clinics and Family Medicine Clinics with unprecedented growth.

"Dr. Staples is joining SKMC at a time of transformation. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of quality patient care, community engagement and employee satisfaction," said William Peacock, Chief of Operations at Cleveland Clinic. "We also want to express our gratitude to Dr. Maini. We are proud of the contributions he has made to SKMC , and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

"We have enjoyed working with Dr. Maini for the past two years and look forward to the contributions of Dr. Staples at SKMC ", said Carl Stanifer, CEO of SEHA . "We wish Dr. Maini continued success. Having someone of Dr. Staples's caliber as the new CEO of SKMC assures us of not only a smooth transition in leadership but continual improvement of the high standards in patient care we expect at our JCI Accredited flagship facility."


About SKMC managed by Cleveland Clinic
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City ( SKMC ) is located in Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and operates under the management of Cleveland Clinic, consistently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. SKMC , is owned by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company , recently established to oversee operations of all public hospitals in the Emirate. SKMC is the flagship institution for the public health system in Abu Dhabi and has several 'Centers of Excellence', and aspires to practice contemporary medicine comparable to the best hospitals and medical centers in the world. SKMC provides comprehensive healthcare services in all of the disciplines relevant to the needs and priorities of the community to attain the highest levels of patient satisfaction.

SKMC , the largest hospital and medical city in the UAE, consists of 568-bed Tertiary Hospital, 14 outpatient specialty clinics and Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, all of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). SKMC is also accredited as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center with Primary Angioplasty Intervention; and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for its Main Laboratory and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank. In addition, SKMC manages a 125-bed Behavioral Sciences Pavilion, 6 Family Medicine Clinics, 2 Dental Centers, and 2 Urgent Care Centers distributed over the city of Abu Dhabi. For further information, please contact us at marketing@skmc.ae or visit www.skmc.ae.

About the SEHA HealthSystem and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC ( SEHA )
SEHA is health in Arabic. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC- whose marketing identity is SEHA - is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public healthcare system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which together make up the SEHA HealthSystem . SEHA is committed to providing high quality, cost effective healthcare in a socially responsible way on par with international standards measured through accessibility, affordability, choice and satisfaction. SEHA has partnered with internationally recognized hospital managers to achieve these goals. These include Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, VAMED, Vienna Medical University and Bumrungrad International. SEHA owns and operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, 62 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centers and 2 blood banks. SEHA is one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the Middle East with 16,500 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel in its employ. Visit our website at www.seha.ae.

About Cleveland Clinic
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

Eileen Sheil,

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