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Six nominations for Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have been shortlisted in four categories for the Arab Health Awards 2014.

The Arab Health Innovation and Achievement Awards, which will take place in Dubai later this month, aim to recognise individuals or organizations that have contributed to the growth and development of the healthcare industry in the Middle East.

HMC has been shortlisted in the categories of Excellence in Radiology, Excellence in Surgery Services, Excellence in Patient Centered Care for the Cancer Transformation Program and three HMC doctors have been shortlisted for the Cleveland Clinic Young Physician of the Year Award; Dr Ibrahim M Fawzy Hassan, Director of Medical Intensive Care at Hamad General Hospital (HGH), Dr Magdi Hassan Osman, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at HGH and Dr Tariq O Abbas, Specialist in Pediatric Surgery at HGH.

Expressing how leased she was with the recognition and sees this as a success, not just for the organisation, but for Qatar, Managing Director for HMC, Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, said:

At Hamad Medical Corporation, we strive to achieve excellence in care for our patients. We are also working to the National Health Strategy for Qatar, the National Cancer Strategy for Qatar and the Vision for 2030, all of which support our ambition for patient centered care. It is a great honor for our work to be recognised in this way by the Arab Health Awards committee and for these doctors and projects to be shortlisted out of all the submissions from across the region. It is a testament to all the hard work that is happening at HMC and demonstrates our commitment to providing the safest, most effective and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients.’

HMC is the principal public healthcare provider for Qatar. The corporation manages eight hospitals along with further specialist clinical, educational and research facilities, and is growing in capacity each year around the diverse needs of the evolving population. HMC’s ambition is to become an academic health system; a world leading center of excellence in clinical care, medical education and research that transforms into significant clinical advancements. As well as four general hospitals situated in the most densely populated areas of Qatar, HMC also manages four specialist hospitals, looking after patients with the most prevalent conditions, including cancer, heart conditions, rehabilitation, and a hospital providing specialist treatment for women. HMC also operates the national Ambulance Service and a home healthcare service.

The corporation was the first public healthcare system outside the United States to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for all hospitals simultaneously. JCI accreditation is based on quality and safety across all clinical and management functions. HMC is also the first hospital system in the Middle East to achieve institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I), which demonstrates excellence in the way medical graduates are trained through residency, internship and fellowship programmes.

The Arab Health Innovation and Achievement Awards run alongside Arab Health; the largest congress and exhibition in the Middle East and the second largest in the world. The award ceremony, where the winners will be announced, will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Center on Tuesday 28 January 2014.