Abu Dhabi, UAE (June 21, 2011) – Corniche Hospital has appointed Bassam Sayad, M.B.A., M.T. (ASCP), to be its new chief operating officer. Mr. Sayad has more than 20 years of health care leadership experience, including service as managing director of Middle East and North Africa activities at Johns Hopkins Medicine International in Baltimore, USA.
While at Hopkins, Sayad spent nearly a decade in operations and management positions, including manager and director of operations in the clinical laboratory, customer service manager, and technical and operations consultant for international projects in the UAE and Malaysia. He also served as a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, contributing to the education of future health care leaders in the areas of health care and hospital management and strategy development.
The 235-bed Corniche Hospital, located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is a Joint Commission International-accredited health care facility, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International. As the leading maternity hospital in the Emirates, Corniche handles more than 12,000 births and cares for 216,000 outpatient visits a year.
“We are honored to have Mr. Sayad as part of our team. During his previous role in Johns Hopkins Medicine International in Baltimore, he demonstrated sound and consistent leadership, a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills,” says Ron Lavater, chief executive officer of Corniche Hospital. “His experience in policy and program development will be especially valuable to our Women’s Health Center and supporting service operations. We are privileged to have him as part of our team on the ground in Abu Dhabi and look forward to strengthening our relationship with Johns Hopkins through this appointment.”
Sayad has worked with health care executives from the UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Turkey, and other nations and has been closely involved with Corniche Hospital since the signing of the Johns Hopkins management agreement with SEHA, including direct support of the hospital’s most recent accreditation by Joint Commission International.
“Bassam has been part of the Johns Hopkins team for nearly two decades,” says Steven Thompson, chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “In his new position, Bassam will contribute to the knowledge-sharing process between Baltimore and Abu Dhabi and to raising the standards of health care in the UAE and the region.”
Sayad has a bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a masters in business administration from Loyola University of Maryland.
Corniche is the third hospital in the Emirate under management by Johns Hopkins Medicine International, 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.