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Third National Women’s Health Conference concludes after two knowledge packed days highlighting female health issues

Third National Women’s Health Conference concludes after two knowledge packed days highlighting female health issues

Event attracts participation of over 1000 medical experts and delegates in debate on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

2314Abu Dhabi 24 Nov. 2012: The Third National Women’s Health Conference concluded today at the Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi after two days of intense lectures and discussions on key issues in female health.

The event was organized by Al Rahba Hospital, a member of SEHA’s Health System managed by John Hopkins, ran from November 23rd to the 24th 2012, and was attended by about 1,000 experts and healthcare professionals from healthcare providers, universities and public sector bodies. The Third National Women’s Conference was accredited by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi as being worth 12.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for attendees.

The final day of the conference saw a discussion by Pharm.D. Lana Hammad on drug-induced health concerns for women, followed by a presentation by D. Laila A. Wareth on Thyroid Diseases During Pregnancy D Nooshin Bazargani spoke on cardiovascular diseases, while M.D. Mouza Al Suwaidi discussed the skin diseases in pregnancy.

Conference proceedings also included discussions on Osteoporosis by Dr. Nellie Boma the Chief Medical Officer of Al Rahba Hospital and why the women should care about this silent disease, hypertension by Dr. Samra Abouchacra, metabolic syndrome by Dr. Fatima Al AlMarashi. Alhashimi, pre-natal care by Dr. Anaam Hassoun and strokes by Dr. Manal Aziz.

Conference Director Dr. Nellie Boma, closed out the conference by offering the concluding remarks. She thanked all the delegates and participants at the conference, as well as the Al Rahba Hospital organizing committee that helped make the conference a success. She also thanked SEHA, and members of the SEHA Health System who had sent delegates to attend the conference, and facilitating a world-class healthcare system in Abu Dhabi, and She also thanked the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) roles in encouraging the publication of medical advances and information.

She noted that the discussions and debates the Conference had facilitated would play a prominent role in highlighting, identifying and dealing with issues in female health, leading to social and economic benefits and an increase in the quality of life.

The Conference concluded with a ceremony where 41st UAE National Day souvenirs were given to participants and delegates as a sign of appreciation.


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Third National Women’s Health Conference kicks off to highlight key issues in female health

Third National Women’s Health Conference kicks off to highlight key issues in female health

Event attracts participation of over 1000 medical experts and delegates in debate on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

2303Abu Dhabi 23 Nov. 2012: The Third National Women’s Health Conference has kicked off today at the Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi. The event, organized by Al Rahba Hospital, a member of SEHA’s Health System managed by John Hopkins, will run from November 23rd to the 24th 2012.

The conference started with the UAE national anthem before the  welcoming remarks offered by the Conference Director Dr. Nellie Boma, who is also the Chief Medical Officer of Al Rahba Hospital, followed by Dr. Karen Carbone, Deputy Chief Clinical Officer, SEHA. Dr. Boma expressed hope that the conference would build a viable platform for highlighting issues in women’s health to the benefit of society.

“After the great success of the conference in its first and second edition, we are proud to be hosting the Third Conference for Women’s Health as we work towards the establishment of a forum to stimulate discussions on women’s health, and take advantage of the latest developments in the field of medicine,” she said.

Dr Carbone stressed the importance of the health issues being discussed at the Conference, and paid tribute to the fact that over 1000 healthcare professionals and medical experts were participating in these debates.

The Conference is focusing on key health issues confronting women, including chronic obstructive lung, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, complications related to smoking cessation, thyroid disease during pregnancy, cardiovascular diseases, skin diseases, prenatal care, osteoporosis, mental health and other important topics.

The first day of the conference saw M.P.H Lily O Hara talking about women and weight science. Dr. Carbone led a discussion on women in healthcare leadership, followed by a session by Ms. Laila Al Jassmi on  Promotion of Women’s Nutrition. Dr. Boma closed out the first half of the day with a discussion on the threats smoking presents to women.

Other sessions include a presentation on cervical cancer screening by M.D. Ritu Nambiar, progress on breast cancer detection and treatment by M.D. Jala Taher, ovarian cancer screening challenges by M.D. Anaam M. Hasson, Dr. Sara Karrar presented Weqaya Program and finally Dr. Alena Pidanicova presented her topic about diabetes in women .

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi has accredited the conference as being worth 12.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for attendees.


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Al Rahba Hospital organizing the to Third National Women’s Health Conference

Al Rahba Hospital organizing the to Third National Women’s Health Conference

Event to host 1000 experts and specialists to highlight women’s health issues

2287Abu Dhabi 21th Nov. 2012: Al Rahba Hospital, a member of SEHA’s HealthSystem managed by John Hopkins, is gearing up for the opening of the Third National Women’s Health Conference on November 23rd and 24th 2012.

The event, which will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, will see up to 1000 experts, specialists and stakeholders in the field of healthcare spotlight key concerns in women’s health.

Conference Director Dr. Nellie Boma, who is also the Chief Medical Officer at Al Rahba Hospital, will offer welcoming remarks to kick-start proceedings, followed by Dr. Karen Carbone, Deputy Chief Clinical Officer, SEHA.

“After the great success of the conference in its first and second edition, we are looking forward to the Third Conference for Women’s Health as we work towards the establishment of a forum to stimulate discussions on women’s health, and take advantage of the latest developments in the field of medicine, said Dr. Nellie Boma.

The Conference will focus on key health issues confronting women, including chronic obstructive lung, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, complications related to smoking cessation, thyroid disease during pregnancy, cardiovascular diseases, surgeryskin diseases, prenatal care, osteoporosis, mental health and other important topics.

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi has accredited the conference as being worth 12.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for attendees.

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Al Rahba Hospital organizes Third National Women’s Health Conference

Al Rahba Hospital organizes Third National Women’s Health Conference

286Event to host 1000 experts and specialists in the field of healthcare to highlight women’s health issues.

Abu Dhabi  5th  Nov. 2012: Al Rahba Hospital, a member of SEHA’s HealthSystem managed by John Hopkins, is organizing the Third National Women’s Health Conference on November 23rd and 24th 2012. The event, which will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, will see up to 1000 experts, specialists and stakeholders in the field of healthcare spotlight key concerns in women’s health.

Conference Director Dr. Nellie Boma, who is also the Chief Medical Officer at Al Rahba Hospital, will offer welcoming remarks to kick-start proceedings, followed by Dr. Karen Carbone, Deputy Chief Clinical Officer, SEHA.

The Conference will highlight key health issues confronting women, including chronic obstructive lung, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, complications related to smoking cessation, thyroid disease during pregnancy, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, plastic surgery, prenatal care, osteoporosis and mental health.

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi has accredited the conference as being worth 12.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for attendees.



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Fast Track clinic for women and children opens at Al Rahba Hospital

Fast Track clinic for women and children opens at Al Rahba Hospital

2422Abu Dhabi, 30th Jun, 2012: A new fast-track clinic for women and children that offers extended hours has been opened at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dedicated to patients with Thiqa insurance cards, the Al Ri’Aya clinic, an extension of the Emergency Department, operates from 8:00 am until midnight, 7 days a week  and is internationally certified to ensure the highest level of patient care. 

The opening of the new clinic follows Al Rahba’s recent expansion of its adult and neonatal intensive care units, the upgrading of its VIP facilities and play area for children, and the reopening of its ophthalmology and cardiology clinics. 

Commenting on the opening of the new clinic, Timothy Dentry, CEO of Al Rahba Hospital, said: “This new clinic is part of Al Rahba Hospital’s expansion plans as we work to ensure the highest levels of care for the community of Abu Dhabi and beyond.”

Mohamed Al Dhahri, Deputy CEO of Al Rahba Hospital said: “Sophisticated medical devices and qualified medical staff members who are highly trained to face every kind of emergency situation affecting women and children will allow  Al Ri’Aya fast track clinic to provide quality health care. .”

Al Rahba Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International.


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2011 marks notable achievements for Al Rahba Hospital

2011 marks notable achievements for Al Rahba Hospital

Hospital expansion, local workforce increase, cutting edge technologies and awareness campaigns highlight the year’s major outcomes

293Abu Dhabi - Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 – 2011 was more than just another year for Al Rahba Hospital, as the hospital managed to achieve milestones that covered many aspects. From unit expansions, addition of new sections, introducing cutting edge technologies, launching awareness campaigns, organizing conferences and forums, all the way to increasing the local workforce and offering training programs, Al Rahba Hospital has ended 2011 with an array of activities, events and announcements that positioned the hospital as a leading healthcare facility in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

In terms of expansions and section additions, Al Rahba hospital expanded its ICU and NICU rooms by adding 27 new rooms (10 ICU, 17 NICU), 2 new VIP suites and a specially designed play room for children. In the clinics section, the Ophthalmology clinic was reopened offering the best of medical services and operated by world renowned doctors and a dedicated Cardiology Clinic was inaugurated in response to the rising incidence of heart disease in the UAE.

“In 2011, we have managed to achieve many of our set objectives with regards to the hospital expansion and addition of new clinics,” said Mr. Timothy Dentry, CEO of Al Rahba Hospital. “The ICU and NICU expansion will help us aid more patients and ensure they receive the best quality of healthcare services.”

Within the past year, Al Rahba Hospital has organized a number of initiatives, campaigns and events including the 2nd Women’s Health Conference, the community town hall meeting (Mas’aool Intiative), the child injury prevention campaign, Osteoporosis, Diabetes and breast cancer awareness campaigns. Training programs for the hospital’s staff were also a key highlight of 2011 including the disaster preparedness training program that was held during December to enhance the capacity and capability of Al Rahba employees in a standardized and integrated approach.  Moreover, Al Rahba hospital organized its first professional lab day where it highlighted the lab processes and educated the public on one of the most essential phases of medical processes.

“Last year was a phenomenal one for Al Rahba Hospital as we focused our efforts on strengthening our bonds with the society and among our staff,” added Mr. Dentry. “Our awareness campaigns and training programs were widely recognized by the patients, visitors and staff members and created more channels of interaction and opinion exchange. This year, we are planning to increase our outreach programs and highlight many medical issues that can - if prevented- save many lives.”

Al Rahba hospital was also present in many of the yearly occasions such as the UAE’s 40th National day, Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, Hijri New Year and many other celebrations. The events that took place gathered more than 5000 patients collectively and indicated the tireless efforts of the hospital staff to interact with the society and get closer to the patients and visitors on a more personal level.

The hospital was also part in the nationwide campaign to increase national workforce, and in line with this campaign and SEHA’s initiative, “Intilaqa”, Al Rahba hospital increased its national workforce by 30 employees in the last quarter of 2011 and offered management and medical training programs that contributed effectively to increasing the expertise and skills of those employees.  

“During this year, our focus will be more on increasing national workforce by recruiting and training locals in various hospital departments,” added Mr.  Dentry. “2012 promises to be a year of success and prosperity and we are confident that the management, staff and  everyone who works at Al Rahba Hospital will give his/her best to ensure that we offer nothing but the best of medical and healthcare services to the patients of Abu Dhabi.”

Abu Dhabi’s Al Rahba Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International.



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Al Rahba Hospital’s NICU expanded by 17 new beds

Al Rahba Hospital’s NICU expanded by 17 new beds

Move comes as a response to increasing birth and premature birth rates at Abu Dhabi Hospitals

2175Abu Dhabi, January 24, 2012: Abu Dhabi’s Al Rahba Hospital has announced the addition of 17 new beds to its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) increasing the total number of beds to 33. The move comes as a response to the increasing rates of births and premature births at Abu Dhabi hospitals, and is part of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC’s (SEHA) plan to develop its infrastructure in its various facilities with aims to offer the best in healthcare services.

Al Rahba Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Commenting on the expansion, Timothy Dentry, CEO of Al Rahba Hospital, said: “The expansion of the NICU will help us welcome more babies especially with recent statistics showing an increase in birth rate throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi. There is a need in the different hospitals for more NICU beds and we at Al Rahba are doing our part in ensuring that the healthcare sector in the emirate offers the best practices.”

The NICU section has been added up with 17 three-leveled new beds and 2 isolation rooms. With all types of care required for premature and full term babies available in this unit, the NICU can accommodate 24 weeks premature gestation. Modern technologies have been also introduced in the new NICU unit including cooling for asphyxiated babies, new units of ventilation and high quality monitors.  The expanded NICU is also characterized by proper lighting suitable for babies as well as spacing between beds for better infection control.

Mohamed A. Al Daheri, Deputy CEO of Al Rahba Hospital said: “The features of the NICU will ensure a healthy and medically appropriate atmosphere for babies. The monitoring systems and the availability of our medical staff 24/7 will ease dealing with emergencies and monitoring the babies’ conditions during their stay.”

Al Rahba Hospital sees an average of 2000 births annually. Last year, the hospital admitted 300 babies to its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Most of these babies were preterm and having extremely Low Birth Weight. While the causes of premature births are not always entirely clear, it is believed that some cases may be due to the underlying illnesses in the mother. Some mothers have high blood pressure, or diabetes, or develop complications during pregnancy, and these may all be contributing factors. On the other hand, some mothers are perfectly healthy and have a normal pregnancy, and yet still deliver prematurely.



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Al Rahba Hospital welcomes international experts in women’s health

Al Rahba Hospital welcomes international experts in women’s health

2358Abu Dhabi - Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 - More than five hundred leading health-care professionals and officials from many countries will discuss women’s health issues at the 2nd annual National Women’s Health Conference organized by Al Rahba hospital on November 25th and 26th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi’s Al Rahba Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

“We are proud to host our Second National Women’s Health Conference and to be able to bring the latest updates in women’s health to health care providers in the UAE,” says Nellie Shuri Boma, M.D., M.P.H, ACPE, program director and chief medical officer of Al Rahba Hospital, who will lead the event. “Forums such as this demonstrate our hospital’s commitment to providing world-class health care to the local community and beyond. We hope that this conference will help local health care experts to stay abreast of the latest research in this area and will encourage them to share this knowledge with their peers.”
 
Presentations will focus on strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in women, and the latest advancements and innovative approaches in preventing and treating some of the most prevalent conditions affecting women. Experts from Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Al Rahba and other SEHA hospitals will focus on a variety of topics ranging from the recent updates on Breast Cancer to the importance of having Baby Friendly Hospitals.




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Al Rahba hospital launches educational campaign for ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

Al Rahba hospital launches educational campaign for ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

Hospital building and staff shine in pink on October 31st in support of the worldwide cause

2293Abu Dhabi, October 17, 2011: To combat one of the most serious and deadly women’s diseases in the UAE, breast cancer, Al Rahba Hospital is launching a month-long series of educational activities to mark “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” during the month of October at the hospital. Pink stations have been placed in various locations within the hospital and a team of doctors and healthcare professionals are educating patients/families/ visitors about the importance of breast cancer screening through Self Breast Examination “SBE”, Clinical Breast Exam “CBE” and mammography .

Emphasis is being placed on the fact that regular screening is essential as a secondary prevention strategy.

The activities have been organized under the auspices of the Women’s Health Initiative Program of Al Rahba Hospital and will culminate on the 31st of October with the “PINK DAY” that reflects the support message of this cause through  building decorations and the staff outfits.

Last year, Al Rahba Hospital expanded its landmark Women’s Health Initiative Program by launching a new Digital Mammography unit that specializes in breast cancer detection, helping many women receive the necessary treatments at early stages, as well as permitting fast acquisition and archiving, secondary post-processing, and advanced computer analysis detection (CAD) through its modern digital imaging technology. The screening procedures were also specially designed to accommodate the cultural customs of the region.

“Year after year, we celebrate this month to remind women all over UAE that we are there for them and that we are constantly directing our efforts in medical research, medical technology and treatment towards enhancing their chances of early diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer,” says Dr. Nellie Boma, MD, M.P.H, Chief Medical Officer of Al Rahba Hospital. “We encourage all the women in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and in UAE to visit us for CBE and mammography in order to detect any signs of breast cancer in the early stages.”

Visitors to the stations will be able to pick up information kits and brochures as well as spend valuable time with physicians in order to get their questions and concerns answered.

“Breast Cancer is the number one cause of cancer in women among both nationals & expats living in the UAE,” added Dr. Boma.“SBE, CBE and Mammogram tests are necessary for women aged 40 and above as part of routine screening. Younger women, are also advised to have SBE and clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of their regular health examinations, if they have risk factors.”

The 163-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA).

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Al Rahba hosts Ramadan education activity

Al Rahba hosts Ramadan education activity

Activity highlights fasting tips for diabetic patients and healthy eating habits to be followed during the Holy month

Abu Dhabi, 22 August 2011

2174In line with its Ramadan program, Al Rahba Hospital hosted a special education activity in a tent built next to the hospital main entrance. The activity welcomed over 150 visitors from different age groups and highlighted health topics such as controlling Diabetes in Ramadan, healthy eating and fasting tips. The goal of the activity was to reach out to the general public about the importance of monitoring health and regulating eating and fasting during the Holy month and to ensure optimal lifestyle benefits during fasting.

A team comprised of doctors, nurse educators, dietitians, nurses and the Patient and Family Education committee team members interacted with the patients. Handouts and healthy cooking recipes were distributed to the patients and the doctors made sure that the patients’ questions about do’s and don’ts in Ramadan were answered.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Nellie Boma, Chief Medical Officer at Al Rahba Hospital said, “Ramadan is a time where people have the chance to regulate their eating habits and monitor their dietary intake. There are a number of steps that can be followed to enjoy a healthy Ramadan, and Al Rahba will ensure that this message reaches a large segment of Abu Dhabi residents. We are working closely with SEHA to launch several health campaigns during the Holy month.”

One of the topics discussed during the event was the consumption of caffeine. Although there’s an urge to stay awake for long hours during night in the Holy Month, caffeine drinks like tea, coffee, and cola should be taken in moderation as caffeine is a natural diuretic, stimulating faster water loss. This effect will remain until the following day.  Anything that is heavily-processed is also not going to give the body everything it needs to stay healthy. 

“Caffeine intake, healthy meals for diabetic patients and a long list of health tips to follow during the Holy month were major parts of this event and received a vast interaction from the audience.  We’re reaching out to the community to ensure that healthcare needs are met during this holy and spiritual month, and we wish everyone a happy – and healthy- Ramadan,” Dr. Boma concluded.

The 163-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA).

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