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Johns Hopkins Medicine International Appoints New CEO at Al Corniche - 01/29/2009

Johns Hopkins Medicine International Appoints New CEO at Al Corniche

Brings highly experienced team to manage maternity facility
Release Date: January 29, 2009

(January 29, 2009) - Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), the international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has appointed Ronald S. Lavater chief executive officer of Al Corniche Hospital (Abu Dhabi, UAE), which handles more than 12,000 births and 216,000 outpatient visits a year. Al Corniche Hospital is a Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited health care facility owned by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).

Mr. Lavater has more than 15 years of health care leadership experience, including serving as CEO of Palms West Hospital, a 175-bed acute-care facility in Florida, USA. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is an advocate for the mentoring of health care leadership talent.

“Ronald Lavater and the new management team bring many years of international experience in health care management and clinical education,” says Harris Benny, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “Having an integrated management team at Al Corniche Hospital ties the staff to both Johns Hopkins’ extensive clinical, research and administrative expertise and to the Hopkins teams already in the emirate at Tawam and Al Rahba hospitals. This will foster the sharing of best practices and create a nexus of excellence that will help raise the standard of health care in the UAE and the surrounding region.”

Under the management agreement, signed between Johns Hopkins Medicine and SEHA last September, Johns Hopkins experts undertook day-to-day oversight of the 235-bed Al Corniche Hospital.

“I am proud to have this opportunity and glad that I joined a strong team of highly experienced staff and doctors,” Lavater says. “Together we will ensure that the hospital continues to be managed according to modern, patient-centered approaches and international clinical best practices.”

“One of SEHA’s strategic objectives is to establish SEHA and its hospitals as the Abu Dhabi market leaders providing integrated, high-quality health care services,” says Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, managing director for SEHA. “Our partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine and their selection of an experienced leader like Mr. Lavater reinforces that commitment.”

Al Corniche is the third hospital in the emirate to sign a management agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine, based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Tawam Hospital, a 477-bed tertiary care facility in Al Ain, and Al Rahba Hospital, a 135-bed community facility just outside Abu Dhabi City, also are managed by Johns Hopkins, and both facilities are accredited by Joint Commission International.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine
A more than $4 billion enterprise, Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of the Johns Hopkins Health System. The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine has provided international leadership in the education of physicians and medical scientists in biomedical research and in the application of medical knowledge to sustain health since The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889. The Johns Hopkins Health System includes three acute-care hospitals -- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital -- which together provide an integrated health care delivery system.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) facilitates the global development of the Johns Hopkins Medicine mission: to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. As the international access point to thousands of Johns Hopkins experts in medicine, nursing, public health and health care administration, JHI coordinates treatment for out-of-town patients who travel to Baltimore and for local patients with limited English proficiency. It also provides services in hospital management, health care consulting and clinical education through strategic alliances and affiliations in the Middle East, Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. For further information about JHI please contact:

About SEHA
SEHA is health in Arabic. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – whose corporate identity is SEHA – is an independent, public joint stock company created to manage and develop the curative activities of the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. SEHA is committed to providing quality, cost-effective health care on par with international standards measured through accessibility, affordability, choice and satisfaction. SEHA owns and operates 12 hospital facilities, 2,653 licensed beds, and more than 50 primary health and ambulatory care clinics. SEHA is one of the largest employers in the region, with more than 16,500 employees. For further information, contact James S. Ferrier, corporate marketing manager, at or Salama Al Mazrouei, corporate marketing specialist, at

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