Recently, Clemenceau Medicine (CMC) Beirut, Lebanon, was honoured as one of the ‘Top 100 smart hospitals’ in the world by Newsweek. CMC started in Beirut as a single hospital 22 years ago, said its co-founder, Mounes Kalaawi, who is also the Chairman and Group CEO, Clemenceau Medicine International, on the sidelines of Arab Health.
For the last 20 years, the hospital has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins and was one of the first in the region to do so. From then on, CMC Beirut became a success story and has become a regional centre rather than a local one that attracts physicians from all over the world to work on a new concept of healthcare delivery based on high-end technology, top physician expertise who can bring the best of medicine from the U.S. back to the region, and an environment providing the latest technology and new modalities of treatment. This is offered under a healthcare system that focuses on equality, safety, and patient experience.
In a few years, the hospital expanded and opened outpatient facilities, a cancer centre, housing the latest technology, in addition to increasing bed capacity, followed by the launch of Clemenceau Medicine International.
Kalaawi said: “We work hard to provide our patients comfort and five-star services, which can decrease the trauma experienced during an illness and enhance the journey of the patients and their family when they are in the hospital. Along with Johns Hopkins, we work together to develop a system that fits our community, society, and region.
“Networking and collaboration between medical centres regionally and globally enable a positive outcome when it comes to the quality of medical services provided and offer patients the medical treatment and services they deserve.”
Clemenceau Medicine International is working on expanding healthcare quality for the entire region. “We started working on several projects in different capitals of the GCC world. Today, we are in Dubai and Riyadh and will soon be in Cairo. We also have plans to open in London.”
CMC Dubai is one of the most modern hospitals in the Emirate. It attracts highly qualified physicians from different medical schools and universities around the world, in addition to high-quality nursing staff.
“We strongly believe in the vision of the UAE and Dubai in becoming the number one destination for medical travel from all over the world,” said Kalaawi. “With the support of the government and the vision of the leadership, this will be a reality soon. The UAE provides one of the finest medical services to its citizens and residents in addition to attracting foreign patients. We will continue working to make Dubai a hub for medical travel.”
When asked about how digital health improves patient outcomes, he said that telemedicine and artificial intelligence are necessary for today’s medical services. “You can’t build a hospital that is not smart. So, telemedicine and artificial intelligence are not a luxury but a necessity today.”
CMC Dubai is also focusing on specialities such as oncology and robotic surgery. In fact, the hospital started its robotic surgery programme six months ago. There are also plans to expand its neuroscience services in the near future.
In conclusion, he said that CMC has participated at Arab Health for many years and this edition particularly puts Dubai as a top destination on the global map of healthcare services provided.