Following an arrangement reached recently, the employees and contractors working for the ADNOC Group of Companies will now have access to critical care services at multispecialty hospital Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of word-class healthcare facilities, through the dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) managed by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) on behalf of ADNOC in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Aviation and National Ambulance.
The new arrangement builds on the success of the HEMS service launched in October 2013 by providing immediate access to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. ADNOC patients with suspected stroke or cardiac illness will be transferred directly to the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi medical campus.
The hospital has its own helipad with a dedicated elevator that allows direct transfer of critically-ill and injured patients to the Emergency Department. Rapid access to this level of definitive specialised care is important in critical emergency health situations and can positively influence patient outcomes.
Commenting on the development, Chief Executive Officer of ADMA-OPCO, Mr. Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan said: “Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will add leverage to HEMS, underscoring the paramount importance the Senior Management of ADNOC attaches to the safety and protection of their human assets.” Al-Jarwan also commended the partnership with Abu Dhabi Aviation and National Ambulance for the successful medivac of ADNOC Group employees, sustained over many years.
Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “We’re so pleased to extend our critical care transport services to more people through our partnership with National Ambulance and Abu Dhabi Aviation. Critical care transport is an integral part of our Emergency Medicine Institute, which combines experienced emergency medicine trained physicians, state-of-the-art technology and dedicated imaging and laboratory services to deliver Cleveland Clinic quality care to all patients who come through our doors.”
Robert Ball, CEO of National Ambulance said: “Today marks another important milestone in the development of National Ambulance. Through this agreement with our partners Abu Dhabi Aviation, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and ADMA-OPCO, we have been able to provide a comprehensive healthcare solution leveraging the capabilities of all parties to improve the patient outcomes.”
Mohamed Mazrouei, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Aviation said: “Abu Dhabi Aviation is proud to provide the highest level of helicopter emergency medical care to ADNOC. Expansion of the current HEMS program to include Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a milestone and ADA looks forward to continued improvement and growth in the HEMS industry with our medical partner National Ambulance.”
The HEMS programme, which is led and managed by ADMA-OPCO on behalf of the ADNOC Group in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Aviation and National Ambulance, represents the only private air ambulance in the country. HEMS helps facilitate emergency response medical treatment for the oil and gas sector delivered by specially trained paramedics from National Ambulance and operates according to international best practices in aviation safety and clinical care. To date, around 215 patients have been transported from oil and gas fields to health facilities in Abu Dhabi.