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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed receives thanks for philanthropic donation to Johns Hopkins

posted on 01/05/2007: 1040 views

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi has made a significant donation to Johns Hopkins for a range of international healthcare initiatives. The President's gift honours the philanthropic work of the late father of the nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in the fields of healthcare and education, and will make a significant contribution to health-based research, education and care in a number of countries.

Senior representatives of Johns Hopkins Medicine and University met yesterday with General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to deliver their thanks to the President for his generosity, and brief the Crown Prince on the key initiatives that will be funded by the President's philanthropic contribution. This followed the signing of the funding agreement itself.

The majority of the donation will go towards the construction of a new cardiovascular and critical care tower at the East Baltimore campus of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States. In honour of the contribution, this 12-storey tower will be named the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower. It will be 913,000 square-feet in size, housing the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute, 355 beds, and operating rooms clustered with catheterization labs and imaging suites. It will also feature the latest in information and communication technology, including wireless internet access and all-digital medical imaging. Construction on the tower commenced in 2007, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Additional components of the President's donation will contribute to cardiovascular research through The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dean's Discretionary Fund, while some will contribute to AIDS research at the Johns Hopkins University - Makerere University Collaborative Care Centre, at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. In honour of the late Sheikh Zayed, the President's contribution will have a significant, international impact.

Johns Hopkins representatives also announced the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular Research Fund, which will operate within the Johns Hopkins University to provide much-needed funding for new medical discoveries.

In addition, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is creating a specialized PHD program tailored to the needs and priorities of students in the UAE, which will be offered in both Abu Dhabi and Baltimore in the United States, while a collaborative relationship has been established between the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Faculty with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's Medical Education Program.

All of these initiatives build on a growing relationship between Johns Hopkins and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which will also involve Johns Hopkins in the development of programs to address major preventative health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and road accidents in the Emirate.

Speaking at yesterday's meeting, Edward D. Miller M.D., the Frances Watt Baker M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr. M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine said: "This magnificent gift is a true investment in the future. We can only imagine some of the advances that will occur within this building." Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody said: "This transformational gift is a testament not only to the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and his family but to their vision. The care that will take place in this new tower will benefit generations of patients, and the discoveries made here will reach far beyond the campus in East Baltimore, touching lives around the world."

Welcoming the delegation, Sheikh Mohammed lauded President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa's continuous support of health care programmes. "We are keen to attract world-class medical institutions and experts and have fitted our health facilities with state-of-the-art equipment," he said.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the agreement reached with John Hopkins University as a landmark in the history of health care in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He said Abu Dhabi's association with John Hopkins, Cleveland Hospital and other internationally-acclaimed centres constituted strategic partnerships that are aimed at improving health care standards. The PhD programme, he noted, will help improve the skills of our medical students. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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