By PMA RASHEED
12 Oct 2010, The Gulf Today
AJMAN: Ajman-based Thumbay Group, one of the region’s leading healthcare players, has announced a massive expansion worth Dhs350 million.
The first teaching hospital establishment in the UAE also has released its renovated brand identity for its university and hospital located in the emirate of Ajman, the group’s spokesperson told The Gulf Today.
His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nauimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has recently unveiled the expansion plan model for the proposed 300-bed hospital facility, along with the new brand identity for the Gulf Medical University (GMU) and the GMC Hospital,” he added.
Thumbay Moideen, President of Thumbay Group, said, “The expansion plan will cover several innovative projects in its first phase, and the investment apart from the promoter’s equity will be financed through Islamic banking sources.”
“The move aims to boost the existing activities of the group, which is involved in medical education, healthcare, medical services, leisure and hospitality,” he added.
According to him, “Learn from the World” will be the GMU’s new brand statement, depicting learning as a process that cannot be limited to the precincts of the books or the institution alone.
“With the completion of the primary phase of the expansion by 2012, the GMU will be the first-of-its-kind full-fledged campus with a 300-bed specialty hospital in the region,” said Moideen.
“The second phase of the expansion plan will be announced in the next six months, incorporating several international healthcare establishments in the project,” he added.
According to him, the university will have a perfect blend of capable faculty from all across the world and an equipped infrastructure; the students will acquire the best from the world to hone their skills and knowledge.
Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Director of the GMU and the GMC Hospital, said, “The GMU will launch 25 new certificate programmes this year, under the centre for continuing education and community outreach. The University has a full-fledged ‘Vision 2020 Plan’ in place with several programmes to be commenced every year beginning this year,” pointed out Akbar.
“The GMC Hospital will open up new hospitals in Ajman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates, as well as a medical centre in Sharjah. The group also plans to open a second unit of the GMC Hospital in Malawi, Africa, as well as spread its services to India,” he said.
“With the launch of the new brand identity, GMC Hospital promises several hi-tech services with focus on quality and patient safety. The new brand incorporates refined patient services like online appointments, SMS confirmations, refined ward management and hospital management services through online hospital information system (integrating all departments to deliver better care), valet parking, Marhaba lounge and fully integrated digital signage. All these facilities will become operational soon,” he elaborated.
Abkar said, “Once the first phase is finished, the group’s human resources strength also will increase to around 2,500 staff members, with more than 2,000 people including students, faculty and other employees housed in the campus.”
“A mosque, a health club, an expanded library, housing and hostel for faculty and staff members, a convention centre, an amphitheatre, and a restaurant also will be in store,” he added.