Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and Mayo Clinic have created a joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, a 741-licensed bed hospital, in the UAE.

Mayo Clinic, as per the agreement, will become a stakeholder in the new joint venture.

The agreement comes close on the heels of a period of collaboration in which teams of Mayo Clinic and SEHA outlined a proposal to activate 24 specialty clinics.

SEHA chairman Salem Rashid Al Noaimi said: “Our pioneering new venture with Mayo Clinic will see us joining forces around a shared set of values, a common approach and a focus on delivering the incomparable level of health care Mayo Clinic is famous for around the world, here in Abu Dhabi.

“Our partnership with Mayo Clinic will also allow the SEHA network to benefit from access to Mayo Clinic’s vast experience, cutting-edge practice and research, and clinical and non-clinical processes and pathways.”

The multispecialty hospital, which covers an area of 300,000m2, began accepting patients earlier this month.

To be fully operational in early 2020, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City will be staffed by 2,240 caregivers, which will include over 440 internationally-trained physicians.

Mayo Clinic president and CEO Gianrico Farrugia said: “This is a collaboration and a unique partnership in the region, with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses, administrators and others working side by side with colleagues from SEHA.

“Mayo Clinic’s humanitarian mission and values are the foundation of our international strategy, which includes sharing and extending our culture, clinical knowledge and health care delivery expertise to help meet the needs of patients wherever they are. We look forward to transforming Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into the premier destination for medical care in the region.”