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Arab Health Achievement Awards Announced for 2008.

Al Ain's Tawam Hospital picks up two of the eight awards - the most coveted prizes in regional healthcare industry

Two out of eight most prestigious medical awards in the Middle East healthcare industry have been made to Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, including advances in cardiovascular intervention therapy.

The Arab Health Achievement and Innovation Awards - the region's most coveted healthcare industry awards - were announced as part of the Middle East's largest gathering of medical professionals.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals, hospitals, departments, teams and organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the Arab health industry.

They were made last night (30 January 2008) at a gala dinner at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, attended by more than 500 of the world's leading health professionals. The evening was sponsored by Dubai Healthcare City, Herman Miller and Microsoft.

Nominations were judged by a panel of industry professionals - Dr Joel Nobel, Founder and President Emeritus, Emergency Care Research Institute; and Dr Andrew Nashashibi, Fellow of the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education.

The winners were:

Specialist Achievement - Imaging and Diagnostics - NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai, for an integrated radiology information and image management system.

Specialist Achievement - Surgery - Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, for advances in cardiovascular intervention therapy.

Specialist Achievement Award - Laboratory - American Hospital, Dubai, for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Specialist Achievement - Quality Healthcare Improvement Initiative - Tawam Hospital, for a contractors partnership programme.

Special Achievement - Emergency Medical Services - the leadership team of InterHealth Canada at the Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai.

Special Achievement - Information Technoloy - Dubai Healthcare City for a healthcare information reporting and analysis system.

Hospital Education/Training - Saudi German Hospitals Group for initiating an evidence-based medicine project.

Infection Control Initiative - Tehran Heart Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Infection Control Committee.

Dubai played host to more than 50,000 medical professionals this week, participants in Arab Health 2008 which closed yesterday (31 January 2008). Arab Health 2009 will take place in Dubai from 26-29 January.

Organised by IIR Middle East, Arab Health is by far the biggest event of its kind in the region. The event also features the world's most comprehensive medical conference programme under the banner of the Arab Health Congress with more than 6,000 delegates.

Supported by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health, the Dubai Health Authority and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the 2008 Arab Health Exhibition showcased products and services from more than 2,500 exhibitors representing over 65 countries. Leading sponsor was Dubai Healthcare City and main corporate sponsor was UAE development company Emaar's healthcare division.

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