Al Mafraq Hospital leads the way in sustainable healthcare in ME

Dubai, UAE – 31 May, 2010: The winners for the Hospital Build Middle East Awards for 2010 have been announced.

The winners for the five award categories are as follows: Best Physical Environment (Built) – The Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357, Egypt; Best Sustainable Hospital Project – Al Mafraq Hospital, UAE; Best Healing Environment – Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, KSA; and Best Hospital Building Regulations – Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions, KSA. In the final category, Best Hospital Design (Built or Future), the judges agreed to award two projects winning trophies on account of the high standard of the entries. The winners of Best Hospital Design (Built or Future) are Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Al Maktoum Accident & Emergency (A&E) Hospital, UAE.

This is the only category in which two healthcare projects were presented with an award.

Saif Fadhel Al Hameli, Chief, Facilities and Construction for Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) commented on Al Mafraq Hospital’s win, “We thank the selection committee for their recognition. We are of course, very pleased to have both of our projects, the new Mafraq Hospital and the new Al Ain Hospital, shortlisted for the competition. To then have Mafraq selected as the Best Sustainable Hospital Project is most gratifying. We have worked very hard with our partners Burt Hill and the Project Manager, Allen & Shariff. Special thanks to all on our SEHA team, Bumrungrad International and the Mafraq Hospital Team involved to create a project that would not only provide a world class healing environment focusing on patients but would also be sensitive to our physical and cultural environment.”

The awards trophies for the Hospital Build Awards will be presented by His Excellency Khalid Al Shaikh Mubarak, CEO of Shared Support Services Sector at the Dubai Health Authority, on the 1 June 2010 at the Hospital Build Middle East Exhibition & Congress, an event organised by IIR Middle East Life Sciences Division, which will run from 1 – 3 June 2010, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The panel of judges for Hospital Build Middle East 2010 Awards included Ted Jacobs, President and Founder of Ted Jacobs Engineering Group from the USA, Malek El Husseini, Business Development Director, GE Healthcare Middle East, Dr Joel Nobel, Founder and President Emeritus, ECRI Institute, and Lisa Little Matthews, International Accreditation Consultant at Accreditation Canada.

As the healthcare industry thrives and grows there is a need to recognise and reward industry leaders and innovators. The panel examined nominations submitted by healthcare facilities from around the Middle East region and for the Best Sustainable Hospital Project category; the judges looked for outstanding commitment to sustainability in terms of its design, development and construction. In particular, the judges looked for the innovative use of new materials, products or construction methods, which will save energy and encourage future efficiency.

Judge Little Mathews comments on the winning submission for Best Sustainable Hospital Project: “This design for Al Mafraq Hospital was able to address the current green initiatives within the UAE including issues around water conservation, efficiencies and waste management systems. It has also taken a holistic approach to sustainability, managing it from both an organisational and wider community perspective.”

The Hospital Build Middle East Exhibition & Congress will run from 1 to 3 June, 2010, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Trade visitors have unlimited access to the exhibition, and may register their participation any time during the event.

For more information about attending the Hospital Build Middle East 2010, please call +971 4 336 7334 or visit www.hospitalbuild-me.com

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