Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, UAE’s premier private healthcare facility and a leading centre for orthopedic, spine and joint care in the region, was awarded the title of ‘International Specialist Patient Hospital of the Year’ by UK-based medical publication, The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) at its annual awards, which took place on 24th May, at Madrid, Spain. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit, which brings together the world’s best known providers and experts in international medical care.
Dr. Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare Dubai & Northern Emirates and Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery has received the award from the Chairman of IMTJ in the presence of the world’s leading medical professionals at a high profile gala dinner hosted by IMTJ on 24th May. The accolade recognized the healthcare facility's great success in attracting and serving international patients.
The hospital, which provides world-class, specialized and excellent medical treatment and services to multinational communities in the Middle East, trumped a host of other international health care organizations to win the much-deserved accolade based on the feedback from an independent panel of medical travel experts. Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery is part of VPS Healthcare, an integrated health care provider with a network of hospitals, chain of medical centers and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and pharmacies across the MENA region.
The IMTJ awards recognize the contributions made to the medical tourism industry by all the health care organizations or individuals nominated. They are open to any organization or individuals involved in medical travel and tourism in any part of the world. The awards showcased the best medical tourism destination of the year, best spa, excellence in customer service and the category that Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery was nominated among 22 categories. All the winners, including Burjeel Hospital, exemplify the way the medical tourism industry should be run – professional, offering exceptional patient care and providing the best possible medical outcomes.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare, Dubai and Northern Emirates, said, “We are delighted to be acknowledged as an award winner for the excellent treatment and services offered at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery in Dubai by IMTJ.
“In line with the vision of our managing director, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery is benchmarked as the leading centre for orthopedic, spine and joint surgical treatment in the region. The hospital’s focus on quality patient care has been integral to driving the UAE’s reputation as a global hub for private healthcare treatment. Our ongoing and consistent focus to welcome an increasing number of overseas patients has borne rewards."
“We are very proud and honored to receive such a wonderful accolade on behalf of the hospital. This award is a true testament to the team’s hard work and commitment to each patient’s care, day in and day out as well as all other supporting services at the hospital,” said Dr. Shamsheer Vayali, Managing Director VPS Healthcare
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery has won several other accolades including being the world’s first specialty hospital to receive an ‘Excellence in Medical Tourism’ certificate by the renowned German body Temos in 2015. The hospital was also awarded ‘Specialty Hospital of the Year’ at the 10th World Health Tourism Congress, and ‘Arab Health – Excellence in Surgery Services 2015’ at the 8th Arab Health Innovation & Achievement Awards.
The hospital’s efforts at consistently improving the quality of healthcare services have also been recognized by the Joint Commission International, USA (JCI) which is acknowledged as one of the highest International standards of safety and care that can be achieved by a Hospital. JCI standards include key elements like patient rights, informed consent, pain consent and additional key standards.
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery growing status as a top medical facility for advanced orthopedic treatment is evident in the fact that in 2015 the hospital saw a 61 per cent rise in the inflow of patients from outside the country. A majority of these patients visited the hospital for its expertise in knee replacement surgery, among other treatments,” said Dr. Samih Tarabichi, Director General, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery