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Hopkins-Affiliated Clemenceau Medical Center in Lebanon Begins Operations

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February 20, 2006

Hopkins-Affiliated Clemenceau Medical Center in Lebanon Begins Operations

Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC), the first Middle East clinical facility affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, opened today in Beirut, Lebanon. The affiliation began in early 2002 with the major goal of building a state-of-the-art health care facility to benefit the people of Lebanon and the surrounding region.

The affiliation calls for collaborations in the areas of clinical program development, patient and quality management services, educational packages for physicians, nurses and technical staff, and the exploration of research activities.

“We are very pleased with this affiliation,” reported Charles Cummings, M.D., vice president for medical affairs at Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “There is opportunity for a number of collaborative projects with the CMC, and the exchange of knowledge will lead to improvement of health care delivery not only in the country, but in the region.”

To guarantee the highest quality of services, the CMC is preparing to receive Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, a leading benchmark of health care quality. Staff at the CMC will receive training in customer service and  human resources management, as well as intercultural education and customer relationship management.

“I am sure the affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International will be fruitful to our physicians, nurses, staff and especially our patients,” said Mounes Kalaawi, M.D., CEO of the Clemenceau Medical Center. “We want to be able to provide excellent health services to our people, and it is important to us that our health professionals have the best practices and know about the latest advances in medicine. Johns Hopkins is considered the best hospital in America, and we definitely benefit from the knowledge exchange.”

About the Clemenceau Medical Center
Clemenceau Medical Center, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins International, is a state-of-the-art medical center in the heart of Beirut, working to be internationally accredited and capable of delivering high-quality health care services in a cost efficient and pleasant environment to patients from Lebanon and the Middle East.

CMC has the facilities and services to cater to the needs of patients and continuously pushes the boundaries to offer the most advanced options. Part of CMC’s mission is to continually look for new and better ways of doing things. CMC’s patients will be among the first to benefit from new treatments and technology pioneered by doctors and researchers.

The center’s counts services and facilities include:
• 9 operating rooms, intensive care unit, emergency department
• Same-day surgery unit
• Centers of Excellence in several specialties, including cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, digestive diseases and hepatology, ophthalmology, minimally invasive & colorectal surgery
• State-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging center, including MRI, 64 slice CT and PET/CT
• Mother and child center with LDRP suites, NICU and pediatric unit
• Outpatient center
• An international unit with services such as pre-arrangement for admissions and appointments and logistic support (accommodations, financial services)
• Home care nursing services available seven days a week

About Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Leading a trend of rapid global changes in health, Johns Hopkins Medicine International works with international patients, physicians and institutions to bring the best of Johns Hopkins Medicine in research, education, training and clinical services to the world community. For more than a century, Johns Hopkins Medicine has built a reputation for excellence unsurpassed by any health care institution in the world.

The mission of the institution is to create an environment where the quest for new knowledge would continually yield more effective and compassionate care for all.  In 2005, US News & World Report ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital as America’s “Best Hospital” for the 15th consecutive year.