PureHealth, the largest healthcare platform in the Middle East, and subsidiary Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), have partnered with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to establish a paediatric centre of excellence, further reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading healthcare destination.

The announcement follows His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, approving the establishment of a specialised medical city dedicated to the health of women and children. Within this framework, SEHA’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has already earned designation as a centre of excellence for paediatric heart care, providing babies and children with congenital heart diseases and related complications with comprehensive medical care, within the local community and globally.

Shaista Asif, Group CEO of PureHealth, said: "At PureHealth, our heart lies in nurturing the future of Abu Dhabi by ensuring our children, the cornerstone of tomorrow, receive the best possible start in life. Our commitment extends beyond just medical treatment, it's about crafting a healthier, brighter future for our youngest generation. By establishing the centre of excellence for paediatrics in collaboration with SEHA and Cincinnati Children’s, we're not just advancing healthcare, we're investing in the lives and longevity of our children. As the largest healthcare platform in the Middle East, PureHealth, in collaboration with our partners, is dedicated to integrating cutting-edge technology and compassionate care to enhance the health and life spans of our children. Together, we're crafting a legacy of health, empowering our children to lead the charge toward a more hopeful, vibrant future."

With research and innovation in paediatric medicine a key focus, the aim is to facilitate the development of new treatments and therapies, ultimately improving outcomes for children with complex medical conditions. Under the agreement, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will deliver services to the centre, which comprises an acute care hospital providing specialised services such as paediatric oncology and haematology, paediatric nephrology, paediatric metabolic disorders, and paediatric minimally invasive procedures.

The establishment of the paediatric centre in Abu Dhabi marks a significant step forward in healthcare, particularly in providing access to highly skilled physicians and fostering the upskilling of the local workforce. This initiative underscores Abu Dhabi's commitment to creating a sustainable healthcare environment by integrating cutting-edge technology, innovation, and research.

By facilitating collaboration between local and international experts, the centre is set to enhance the proficiency and expertise of healthcare professionals in the region, ensuring that residents have access to world-class paediatric care. The presence of this centre within the local community will substantially reduce the need for families to travel abroad for complex medical procedures and follow-ups, bringing world-class healthcare services to Abu Dhabi.

Saeed Jaber Mohd Al Kuwaiti, Group CEO at SEHA, said: "We are proud to partner with Cincinnati Children's, reinforcing our commitment to aligning with local healthcare services, while maintaining the highest international standards. This centre is poised to set a new benchmark in paediatric care quality, reflecting the UAE's dedication to the wellbeing of the youngest members of the community. We are confident that the partnership will elevate the healthcare ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, further enhancing local capabilities in medicine, research and innovation."

Steve Davis, President and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, said: "At Cincinnati Children’s, we believe that access to the highest quality care should be available to every child. Collaboration is part of who we are and we know that by working with SEHA and PureHealth to share our knowledge and experience, together we are creating a brighter future for children here and around the world."