Monday, December 10, 2012

Overseas Hospitals

Cleveland clinic to finish by end of 2013

on Nov 13, 2012

Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic, a world-class health facility for the region designed by HDR and Aedas, is reportedly on track for its projected completion at the end of 2013.
Located on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, the $1.9bn project aims to extend the same level of medical care as the United States-based Cleveland clinic model.
This 364-bed facility is organised into five institutes each with their own design needs: Digestive Disease, Eye, Heart, and Vascular; Neurological; Respiratory; and Critical Care.
Mohammed Ayoub, HDR’s lead designer for the project, said the clinic is on track to be one of the most advanced and high-tech yet luxurious hospitals in the world.

“The term ‘hospital of the future’ is used quite often, but I can’t imagine another facility that reflects that phrase more than the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi,” said Ayoub. “It’s a building that blends cutting-edge technology, evidence-based design, world-class care, and Arabic culture with elegant architecture—creating a facility that looks more like a seven-star hotel than a hospital.”
The overall campus incorporates unique design elements drawn from the local community from a Gulf inspired colour palette, to Arabesque patterns.
Facilities are clustered around a central reflecting pool, giving off an aquatic feel throughout. Glass walkways paired with a warm wood interior and a double glass curtain wall connect patient spaces and faculty offices. Windows reflect out to the on-site gardens and views of the Arabian Sea.
The overall effect is designed to promote wellness and serenity, blurring the lines of hospital and hospitality, claims Ayoub. Upon completion next year, the Cleveland Clinic aims to provide impeccable standards of care in an iconic setting.

My opinion:
I had no idea hospitals were building campuses in other countries.  It's like how some colleges maintain schools in different continents.  It's also interesting that many of these colleges, and now hospitals, choose to build in the Middle East.  Perhaps this is because the financial situation there, for some people, is very stable.  I'd like to see more of these in other places, too, but are they necessary for other reasons?  By appealing to other cultures, I believe this will increasingly help the clinic to get their name out into the open.  Feel free to comment.

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