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Make-A-Wish Foundation is 'partner in hope' for Abu Dhabi-based flagship hospital - Deputy CE

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate

The UAE chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted 250 wishes for seriously ill children at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), since teaming up with the Abu Dhabi-based flagship hospital in 2010

SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic, is part of the SEHA Health System and 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

"Working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring smiles to our children with life-threatening conditions has been a true pleasure. We consider the Foundation a partner in hope - we've seen the joy that the granted wishes bring our courageous patients. 250 wishes granted together is a real milestone, and we look forward to a continued relationship with Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Dr. Aref Al Shehhi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at SKMC

The first ever wish, granted in December 2010, and was requested by child with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who had desired a laptop from a young age

Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE Chief Executive Officer Hani Al Zubaid said: "It is a pleasure to work with the doctors and staff at SKMC as they are very cooperative and always willing to help the Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers.

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE team is looking forward to granting more wishes and making them come true. Under the patronage of HH Sheikha Sheikha Bin Saif Al Nahyan, President of Make-A-Wish UAE, Honorary Chairman and Lifetime Patron the Foundation has granted more than 1000 wishes to date and are delighted to be able to continue granting many more. Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy," Al Zubaid added

Wishes granted for SKMC's patients have ranged from wishes to have items such as laptops, iPads, or even a bedroom; wishes to go to places like Disneyland, Emirates Palace and the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca; and wishes to be a doctor, a princess, a police man and a professional photographer

"Caring for an ill child is more than just providing a hospital bed and medical care, but also approaching their care from a holistic, compassionate viewpoint and enriching their lives with hope, joy and strength," said Dr. Abdulmajeed Al Zubaidi, Chief Medical Officer, SKMC.


About Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC),
Media Contact:Rola Abu HassanWallis Marketing ConsultantsTel: 971 56 7753 053Email: SKMC@wallis-mc.comMohamed LariSKMCTel: 971 2 819 4566Email: marketing@skmc.ae About Make-A-Wish FoundationThe Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE is an international non-profit organization with 38 active offices around the world dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. All wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE are for the children of the UAE “ national and expatriate alike.The Foundation is led by HH Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif Al Nahyan , President of Make-A-Wish UAE, Honorary Chairman and Lifetime Patron is dedicated to assisting these children and their families by providing an avenue of hope, strength and joy through the fulfillment of special wishes.For further information, please contact us at --- info@makeawish.ae or visit our website at www.makeawish.ae. About SKMC managed by Cleveland ClinicSheikh 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, which oversees operations of all public hospitals in the emirate. SKMC is the flagship institution for the public health system in Abu Dhabi and has several 'Centres of Excellence and aspires to practice contemporary medicine comparable to the best hospitals and medical centres 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 586-bed tertiary hospital, 14 outpatient specialty clinics and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, all of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). SKMC is also accredited as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Centre 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 and an Urgent Care Centre. 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 recognised 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 centres 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.



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