The official opening of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Communicable Disease Center (CDC) last week marked the start of the largest expansion phase in HMC’s history.

The addition of this latest facility to HMC’s portfolio brings the total number of hospitals to nine at present, with three more hospitals set to open over the next six months.

Ali Abdulla Al Khater, Chief Communications Officer at HMC, said:

We have begun the largest expansion programme in HMC’s history. Four new hospitals, the Communicable Disease Center, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center and Women’s Wellness and Research Center will significantly increase capacity across our system and provide state-of-the-art environments in which our expert teams can provide care for their patients.’

HMC was established by Emiri decree in 1979. However, its oldest facility, Rumailah Hospital, has been caring for patients since 1957 – more than half a century ago.

Al Khater added:

As Qatar has grown and developed over the past 50 plus years, so too has HMC. This long history of caring for the residents of Qatar ensures HMC is uniquely positioned to understand the specific cultural and healthcare needs of the population and provide the best possible care.’

The scale of the current expansion phase underway at HMC is vast. When all services have relocated to the new hospitals, between 9,000 and 10,000 patients per week will use the services and the total floor space across HMC will increase by 65 percent following the full opening of the new hospitals.

Hamad Al Khalifa, HMC’s Chief of Facilities Development, said:

For several years now, we have talked about how the new hospitals will benefit patients greatly when they open, but we no longer need to talk about it as being in the future. It is happening now.’

Al Khalifa added:

Our patients are already benefitting from the advanced facilities and care they receive at the CDC and the upcoming opening of the three additional hospitals will again strengthen our range of specialist healthcare services and increase our capacity.’

The upcoming plans build on the capacity increase that has already taken place across HMC over the past year. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s Hospital, Paediatric Emergency Center Al Sadd and Bone and Joint Center have all been expanded, while the Enaya Continuing Care Center and a new surgical services facility have both opened.

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