Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) awarded top honours to 10 winning projects at the fifth annual Stars of Excellence staff award ceremony on 23 October 2014 at The St. Regis Doha Hotel in attendance of approximately 500 members of staff.

According to the Managing Director of HMC, Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, the awards ceremony is an important platform to recognise and reward the hard work of all HMC staff. She said:

Every year the quality of submissions we receive speaks volumes about the excellent work being done at HMC. It is important to acknowledge and reward teamwork in organisations, as successful partnerships are crucial to an organisation’s success. I am always impressed by the commitment shown by the staff towards raising the standards of healthcare in Qatar.’

This year, the winning projects were selected from a total of 372 submissions, which sets the record for the highest number of submissions ever received for the awards. Each year, winners are chosen based on their performance against key criteria such as the application of international best practices, evidence of direct improvements resulting from the project, and how the project has impacted patient care and the overall patient experience.

According to Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement, Nasser Al Naimi, all the submissions were categorised within HMC’s three pillars of: Health, Education and Research. He said:

The quality of submissions was extremely high and came from all areas of the organisation. The winning projects demonstrate the extremely high quality of work that takes place at HMC for the benefit of our patients. An example of such work is the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Program, which won the Managing Director’s Special Award. The prevention of VTE, which can lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), is a key patient safety initiative for HMC. This project was set up to ensure patients would be assessed for VTE risk on admission at any HMC hospital as an inpatient and receive the appropriate prevention care.’

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Other winning projects from the evening included the following:

Clinical Practice

Implementation of MRI Guided Brachytherapy

Collaborative Achievement

Safe Transfer of Patients to their Home Country

Operational Performance Award

Lighting Power Saving for Better Environment

Patient Experience Award

Pediatric Home Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)

Quality and Patient Safety Award

Implementation of the MPDS at Accreditation Level

Education Award

Baby Friendly Hospital (BFH) Project

Research Award – Best Translation of Research into Patient Benefit

There were two winners in this category:

Research Outcome Delivery; Bronchiolitis


Research Award – Developing an Infrastructure to Embed Research into the Organization 

First Integrated Research Unit in Trauma


HMC is the principal public healthcare provider in the state of Qatar for over three decades. HMC manages eight hospitals, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. The corporation also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. HMC collaborates with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.