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Wed, Jun 17 11:17am · Plan ahead with an advance directive for medical care decisions

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While you never hope to use one, an advance directive outlines your preferences for medical care if you become ill and are unable to make decisions for yourself.

An advance directive is a legal document that you can complete at any time. It allows you to decide what kind of medical care you want in case you become too ill or hurt to express your wishes. Spelling out decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time can avoid confusion later on among loved ones. An advance directive also informs your health care team about who you want to speak for you — often called a health care power of attorney or health care agent — and what you would want, or not want, in a difficult situation.

Mei Yeow, B.M.B.Ch., Palliative Medicine, explains that many people associate advance directives with decisions to stop treatment, when in fact patients may direct their physicians to continue aggressive treatments if that is their wish.

“An advance directive empowers patients to define their choices about end-of-life care, which enables the medical team to continue to provide patient-centered care,” says Dr. Yeow. “I encourage everyone, particularly any patient with a serious illness, to make time to have these meaningful conversations with loved ones, complete an advance directive and ask your family members to do the same.”

Advance directives can be in the form of a living will, designation of health care surrogate or other document naming an alternate decision-maker.

Complete or review an advance directive

Dr. Yeow recommends that regardless of your age or current state of health, if you’re over 18, it’s important to set up an advance directive. To get started:

  • Talk to your loved ones about these issues
  • Decide who you want to speak for you if you’re unable to make decisions for yourself and make sure they’re informed about what you want
  • Talk with your medical provider to understand the various choices or treatment options that might arise in the end-of-life setting
  • Fill out an advance directive form
  • Depending on where you live, the form may need to be signed by a witness or notarized
  • Give your advance directive to your health care professional to be added to your medical record
  • Be sure your family members have a copy so it can be easily accessed at any time

Links to state-specific forms can be found on the websites of various organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. An advance directive can also be revised at any time you wish.

Learn more about advance directives and living wills on the Mayo Clinic website.

Mon, Jun 8 11:05am · Remote patient monitoring provides patients with comprehensive care at home

When patients are diagnosed with COVID-19, they are required to self-isolate until the infection is cleared, often for at least two weeks. Some of these patients will be at risk for complications. These patients need support at home in a comprehensive way.

Providing that support was the goal of Mayo Clinic’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) team. Remote patient monitoring uses medical technology and devices, sent to patients’ homes so that vital signs and symptom assessments can be screened every day. Education materials are shared with patients. A centralized team of remote patient monitoring nurses regularly monitors the data and contacts patients to assess health and progress toward health goals. The program was developed to support patients with complex chronic conditions across the enterprise.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team needed to urgently and rapidly develop care plans specific to patients with the COVID-19 illness. “We set up a multidisciplinary team to develop monitoring decision trees and order sets working with COVID-19 specialists from Mayo’s infectious diseases and pulmonary divisions and then converged efforts with the COVID-19 Frontline Care Team established in general internal medicine,” says Tufia Haddad, M.D., Medical Director for the Center for Connected Care’s Remote Patient Monitoring team. “Remote patient monitoring’s nursing and product teams also stepped in to create a comprehensive COVID-19 remote monitoring program. And we did this quickly.”

Two remote patient monitoring programs were developed for patients with COVID-19: one for patients with comorbid conditions at moderate to high risk for complications, and one for lower risk patients.

How the programs work

When a patient tests positive for COVID-19, the physicians in the CFCT call those patients. They determine whether patients need to be evaluated in the Emergency Department or COVID clinic or if they can stay home. If patients stay home, the CFCT determines patient eligibility and fit for one of the remote monitoring programs.

If the patient is considered high risk, they are sent the complete remote patient monitoring kit. This kit includes a weight scale, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, thermometer, and a portable electronic tablet that sends patient’s vital signs to Mayo Clinic using Bluetooth technology and ultimately entered into Epic electronic health record.

Low-risk patients are enrolled in the COVID-19 Interactive Care Plan. Patients are sent a pulse oximeter and a thermometer. The care plan is made available through the Mayo Clinic app through which patients are asked to report vitals and symptoms two times a day. This video explains how patients use this COVID-19 care plan.

A centralized team of RPM nurses monitor all vitals and symptom assessments sent by patients. As adverse trends appear, they reach out to patients to better understand the situation and determine next steps.

“These programs provide a standardized, organized approach for monitoring patients. This leads to a more standardized recognition of problems,” says Abinash Virk, M.D., a consultant in infectious diseases and one of the providers who helped develop these programs.

Ravindra Ganesh, M.D., a consultant in general internal medicine and director of the COVID-19 Frontline Care Team in the Midwest, adds that the team also uses a standardized approach to determine if patients need to present to the emergency department (ED) or directly admitted to the hospital. “We can determine through the vital signs that are monitored if direct admission to the hospital is appropriate rather than first being seen in the ED. This can minimize exposure to the disease for both staff and other patients.”

Monitoring the data

Patients are monitored 24/7 to assess any changes in their biometric data. One of the monitoring goals is to detect any significant changes in the patients’ vitals as early as possible. 

“We find that, initially, patients with COVID-19 have a fever and then seem to get better. Then, about 7 to 10 days later, they get much worse,” says Dr. Virk. “Obtaining biometric data lets us recognize that this downturn is coming and that lets us help the patient sooner.”

One biometric that is monitored closely is oxygenation. “We’ve observed that there is often a drop in oxygen saturation levels, measured by the pulse oximeter, before symptoms like shortness of breath develop. Early detection can limit the severity of decompensation potentially reducing need for admission or shortening a hospital stay,” explains Dr. Haddad.  

Patient Responses to Remote Patient Monitoring

Patients are responding well to using the technology that is sent to them. “We thought we’d have more technology issues, but the technology is easy to use and work with,” says Dr. Ganesh.

Dr. Haddad also points out that the need to stay connected while in self isolation is important. “Patients have a direct link to their care teams through remote monitoring. Nurses will call and discuss symptoms and offer other educational information. These interactions are reassuring for patients and provide affirmation that they are being monitored and cared for.”

The program is currently offered across the Mayo Clinic enterprise.

According to Dr. Virk, remote patient monitoring for COVID-19 patients represents a completely new way of thinking about managing patients with one disease. “Our COVID-19 remote patient monitoring programs at Mayo Clinic allow us to monitor patients every day, watching for the little changes that signal clinical worsening for that patient. And then we can use these programs, developed by a Mayo Clinic team, and treat patients before symptoms get worse.” Additionally, having close contact with the home recuperating patients also allowed the RPM to re-inforce to the patient the need to remain in home quarantine and use infection prevention principles at home. 

COVID-19 updates:


For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Fri, May 22 9:40am · Health and Human Services Secretary Azar tours Mayo Clinic, meets with leaders

(Left to right) Christina Zorn, J.D., CAO, Mayo Clinic in Florida, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar,
Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ― As part of a visit to Florida on Friday, May 22, to discuss reopening the country’s economy, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar toured Mayo Clinic and discussed the clinic’s response to COVID-19, the expansion of new telehealth capabilities and in-person care and other Mayo Clinic activities to address the nation’s health care needs.

“Mayo Clinic was proud to host Secretary Azar in Jacksonville today,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “We welcomed the opportunity to discuss compelling research and treatment related to COVID-19, as well as health care innovation efforts more broadly. The pandemic has challenged Mayo Clinic and our country in extraordinary ways, but it has also brought out the best in our staff and community. We appreciate the partnership with the HHS team as we address patient and community needs together.”

This month, Mayo Clinic expanded in-person appointments and procedures for patients utilizing multiple additional steps to enhance safety in order to protect patients and staff from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Patients who delayed care during the pandemic and patients with current medical needs may now seek care at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, as well as Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

(Left to right) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, Christina Zorn, J.D., CAO, Mayo Clinic in Florida

“We had a very productive discussion with Secretary Azar about our work with the community to help ensure everyone’s safety as our economy reopens,” says Kent Thielen, M.D., vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to share Mayo Clinic’s leadership in the national pandemic response, as well as our efforts within the Jacksonville community, the region and across the country.”

Mayo Clinic offers diagnostic and antibody testing to patients across the nation, and Jacksonville is a leading site for testing of COVID-19 patients in Florida. In March, Mayo Clinic installed a high-capacity testing machine in Jacksonville that can process more than a 1,000 samples per day and return results within a few hours. Combined with recently added equipment, Mayo Clinic’s location in Jacksonville is providing testing services for hospitals across Florida and the Southeast; first responders, including personnel at Jacksonville’s two Naval bases; and Mayo Clinic patients. 

Staff in the Mayo Clinic Innovation Exchange in Florida also are advising local businesses about ways to re-open and ensure the safety of their employees and customers. In addition, scientists in Florida are supporting Mayo Clinic’s national leadership of the Convalescent Expanded Access Program, which is studying the utilization of antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients as a potential treatment for the virus.

“We were proud to share our activities with Secretary Azar and look forward to the progress that we’ll make, together, to help effectively address the challenges of COVID-19 while also advancing medicine in new and innovative ways,” Dr. Thielen says.

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Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Fri, May 8 9:34am · Mayo Clinic expands in-person care on all campuses

Mayo Clinic will expand in-person care on all of its campuses as COVID-19 executive orders are lifted for elective procedures by governors in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Our patients’ health and safety is always our top priority,” says Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic Executive Dean for Practice. “We have taken several extra precautions to safely offer in-person care.” 

Mayo Clinic has implemented enhanced cleaning, masking, testing and screening protocols for staff and patients. In addition, due to social distancing and the executive orders, our communities have experienced a flattening of the curve with a plateau of cases expected through the remainder of the year.

“Based on this, Mayo Clinic can begin seeing patients whose care was deferred and seeing new patients who need access to Mayo Clinic care,” says Dr. Williams.

You can join Dr. Williams here for a virtual walking tour of Mayo Clinic’s Rochester facilities where she demonstrates why it’s safe to come to Mayo Clinic. For more information, refer to the appointments page here.

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Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Tue, Apr 28 7:28am · Media backgrounder: COVID-19 readiness and helping the world respond to the global pandemic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is well-prepared to treat patients with COVID-19 across the organization, while actively helping the world respond to the pandemic. As Mayo does this, it will openly share its expertise and point of view with policy makers, global health leaders and others, while making all decisions in a way that aligns with its core mission of putting the needs of the patient first.

Mayo Clinic’s preparedness plans

  • Mayo Clinic has established pandemic identification and response protocols that helped it to anticipate the possibility that COVID-19 would become a pandemic. These protocols were in place and helped Mayo prepare.
  • Many of the most serious cases of COVID-19 involve patients who have serious or complex medical conditions. This is Mayo Clinic’s specialty, and Mayo’s team-based approach is well-suited to give these patients the best possible care.
  • Mayo Clinic staff at all locations have been trained and are prepared to care for patients with serious infections such as COVID-19. Mayo treats these patients and their conditions with an abundance of caution. Mayo Clinic has taken extraordinary steps, including postponing all but essential surgeries and procedures, and has been a leader in implementing masking and other processes to keep patients safe while responding to the pandemic.
  • Mayo has strong and long-standing relationships with a wide range of partners and has worked with them to anticipate the possible increase in COVID-19 cases at Mayo Clinic locations. This includes working with supply chain partners, medical equipment suppliers and others to increase inventory, repurpose supplies and redirect essential resources to the places where they’re most urgently needed.

More information about Mayo Clinic’s preparedness can be found on the Mayo COVID-19 web hub here. The latest Mayo news about COVID-19 can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network here.

Diagnostic testing
Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been a national leader in responding to the need for more and more quickly deployed testing for COVID-19. Anticipating demand for COVID-19 testing in late February, a Mayo Clinic team produced a laboratory-developed test within three weeks. In mid-March, Mayo partnered to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity to 4,000 tests per day, providing testing support for our own practices as well as helping to relieve backlogs in several states.

Mayo began serologic testing the week of April 6 and is working on additional tests that will enhance our ability to track the disease and understand immunity. You can find more information on serologic testing here.

Mayo Clinic joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, the University of Minnesota and other health system leaders to announce a breakthrough initiative to provide rapid, widespread testing for COVID-19 in Minnesota. The goal is to test all symptomatic people, isolate confirmed cases to limit the spread, and expand surveillance tools for public health officials.

The partnership is being funded in part by $36 million from the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund. Under the agreement, the partners will:

  • Create a central laboratory with capacity to perform 20,000 molecular and 15,000 serology tests daily.
  • Establish a virtual command center to monitor daily testing needs and respond to outbreaks.
  • Enable increased public health surveillance and research.

You can learn more about the partnership here and here.

Investigational convalescent plasma
Mayo Clinic is the lead U.S. institution providing coordinated access to investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19, or those at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the designation on April 3.

Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. The plasma is used to treat others with advanced illness. The plasma donor must have recovered from, and tested negative for, COVID-19 and be otherwise healthy. The patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma, which contains antibodies that can attack the virus and may help patients recover more rapidly.

More background on convalescent plasma can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network here and on the COVID-19 Expanded Access Program website here.

COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
Mayo Clinic initiated a COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a collaborative private-industry response to the pandemic. Its mission is to save lives by providing real-time learning to preserve health care delivery and protect U.S. populations. Each coalition partner brings unique assets, shares resources and plans, and works together to support those on the front lines in responding to COVID-19.

Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty leaders were among the first to coalesce around this effort. These leaders asked MITRE Corp., a nonprofit technology research and development organization, to help coordinate the private sector response and serve as an independent party to facilitate communication, aggregate de-identified data — from clinical insights to resource requirements such as beds and ventilators — and coordinate the response. Coalition partners include Arcadia.io, athenahealth, Buoy Health, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, LabCorp, Leavitt Partners, MassChallenge, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE, Rush University System for Health, Salesforce, University of California Healthcare System and Walgreens. More information about the coalition is here.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media contacts: 
Ginger Plumbo or Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Mon, Apr 27 2:34pm · Mayo Clinic to advise Hilton on cleaning program protocol, training

McLean, Va. – Hilton announced a new program on Monday, April 27, to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in Hilton properties around the world. In a first for the hospitality business, Hilton will collaborate with Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, maker of Lysol and Dettol, and consult with Mayo Clinic to develop elevated processes and team member training to help Hilton guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to checkout.

Watch: Dr. Stacey Rizza talks about the Hilton cleaning program.

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Hilton CleanStay With Lysol Protection, as the program will be called in North America, will be a rigorous system that incorporates RB’s trusted know-how and scientific approach to cleaning practices and product offerings. Experts from Mayo Clinic’s Infection Prevention and Control team will advise and help enhance Hilton’s cleaning and disinfection protocols.

“Personal safety is extremely critical as we re-open business and recreational activities around the globe,” says Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist. “We are proud to bring Mayo Clinic’s expertise and knowledge to the COVID-19 response on a national and global scale. Mayo is looking forward to working with Hilton staff, and advising them on the program protocol and training.”

With the aid of Mayo Clinic medical and technical experts, Hilton is rewriting its cleaning protocols to translate the best practices in hospital hygiene standards to hotel guest rooms. Medical experts from Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Response Team also will advise on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development, and create a rigorous quality assurance program.

You can read the complete news release from Hilton here.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media contacts: 
Kevin Punsky or Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Fri, Apr 24 1:31pm · Voluntary public disclosure on the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic submitted a financial narrative related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) website on Friday, April 24. EMMA is funded and operated by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the self-regulatory organization charged by Congress with promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market.

The financial narrative covers:

  • Mayo’s strong financial position before the pandemic
  • The projected $3 billion in operating losses for 2020, without intervention
  • The steps Mayo is taking to cut expenses, including temporary workforce reductions
  • Mayo’s resumption of revenue-generating operations when such activities can be done safely
  • Mayo’s applications for federal and state emergency relief funds
  • Mayo’s role in the national COVID-19 pandemic response

Mayo Clinic expects to post interim financials for the quarter that ended March 31 by the end of May, as planned.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media contacts: 
Karl Oestreich or Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

Nov 24, 2019 · SEHA, Mayo Clinic enter joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City

Collaboration will develop complex-care hospital into international medical destination

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit global leader in medical care, education and research, have announced a joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions. As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will become a shareholder in the new operating company, marking a new type of partnership by an international health care provider in the UAE.

SEHA’s and Mayo Clinic’s clinical and
management teams are working together to open Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a
741-licensed bed hospital designed to provide specialty care across a range of
clinical practices, setting new benchmarks for medical care and experience in
the UAE. The collaborators have a common goal to be the preferred destination
for patients needing serious or complex care in Abu Dhabi, with a plan to transition
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into a premier destination for medical care in
the Middle East over the next decade.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of SEHA and Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic.

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“The nation’s founding fathers and
wise leadership set in motion a vision to deliver world-class health care for
the people of the Emirates. Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa
bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces,
the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi strives to provide UAE
nationals and residents with renowned healthcare services that match
international benchmarks, in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision. This has meant
significant investment over the years and the development of substantial health
care services across the country.” says His Excellency Abdulla Bin Mohamed
Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi.

“This partnership between SEHA and
Mayo Clinic is a major development for Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s health care
system, setting new benchmarks and delivering the advanced and specialist
services the community deserves. Investments like this are establishing Abu
Dhabi as a global destination for health care, in line with the Department of
Health’s vision to bring the world’s standards in healthcare to Abu
Dhabi.”

“This is a collaboration and a unique
partnership in the region, with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses, administrators
and others working side by side with colleagues from SEHA,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “Mayo Clinic’s
humanitarian mission and values are the foundation of our international
strategy, which includes sharing and extending our culture, clinical knowledge
and health care delivery expertise to help meet the needs of patients wherever
they are. We look forward to transforming Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into
the premier destination for medical care in the region.”

The announcement follows a period of
collaboration in which Mayo Clinic and SEHA teams developed a plan to activate 24
specialty clinics. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City opened and began accepting patients earlier this month and is
expected to be in full operation, including all inpatient departments, in early
2020 as Mayo Clinic builds a growing physical presence there.

H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of
SEHA says, “The Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is an exceptional facility
designed to provide world-class specialist care. Our pioneering new venture with
Mayo Clinic will see us joining forces around a shared set of values, a common approach
and a focus on delivering the incomparable level of health care Mayo Clinic is
famous for around the world, here in Abu Dhabi. This long-term collaboration is
a key part of our vision for advanced health care in the Emirates. With significant
inward investment and knowledge transfer to further drive the advancement of
the sector, the partnership builds on our reputation for exceptional care, but
is also a major boost for the Emirates’ health care industry, delivering on Abu
Dhabi’s Vision 2030 and SEHA’s commitment to the community. Our partnership
with Mayo Clinic will also allow the SEHA network to benefit from access to
Mayo Clinic’s vast experience, cutting-edge practice and research, and clinical
and non-clinical processes and pathways.”

“From our roots when Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo traveled the globe, Mayo Clinic has a legacy as an international organization that learns from others and shares knowledge and expertise to benefit patients,” adds G. Anton Decker, MBBCh, president, Mayo Clinic International. “This collaboration allows us to extend our reach and to collaborate with colleagues from Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City to provide hope and healing for those who need it most.”

As the flagship in SEHA’s health care portfolio,
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City creates a pathway for further innovation and development
of life sciences in the Emirates. The venture will enable UAE national medical
practitioners to benefit from new learning opportunities by partnering with
Mayo’s world-renowned specialists, helping create job opportunities across a
range of fields for local talent.

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City reflects
SEHA’s and Mayo Clinic’s shared commitment to clinical excellence and an
unparalleled patient experience. The multispecialty, state-of-the-art hospital
will be staffed by 2,240 caregivers, including more than 440 internationally trained
physicians. The facility covers 300,000 square meters, or more than 3.2 million
square feet. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is distinguished in the UAE by its
specialized services and advanced diagnostics, as well as the specialized procedures
offered, including procedures for the arteries, burns and shock, chest and
lungs, orthopedics and reconstructive surgeries.

As a national and regional center of excellence, the new facility also will use the latest health care technologies, including robotic surgery, providing precise, less-invasive techniques with the goal of achieving better patient outcomes. The investment in innovative medical technology is complemented by a new medical research center, in line with SEHA’s position as the main clinical research and teaching center in the UAE. This center is designed to promote comprehensive, interdisciplinary learning and treat the most complex medical cases.

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Mayo Clinic is ranked the No. 1 hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and in the world by Newsweek. It is the world’s first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice. Physicians from every medical specialty work together to care for patients. They are joined by the philosophy that the needs of the patient come first.

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About SEHA
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC–SEHA – is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public health care system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. SEHA is committed to continuous improvement of customer care to recognized international standards and providing the community with world-class health care. SEHA operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, more than 60 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centers and two blood banks. Its facilities accommodate 100,000 inpatients annually and conduct 41,000 surgeries, as well as treating more than 5 million outpatients. SEHA is one of the largest integrated health care providers in the Middle East, with more than 18,000 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel. Learn more about SEHA.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

Media Contacts:

  • Amer Aidi, Group Marketing and Communications Director, SEHA, 9712410 2000, aaidi@seha.ae
  • Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu   

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