UAE royal family honoured at opening of new Johns Hopkins Hospital


On April 12 Johns Hopkins held a dedication ceremony to mark the completion of one of the United States’ largest medical complexes – the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore – which features the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.

Attending the event were philanthropist and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, members of the United Arab Emirates’ Royal Family, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Barbara Mikulski, among others.

The event, held at the entrance to the 1.6 million-square-foot-facility, honoured the many donors – including President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, and Michael Bloomberg, whose personal US$120 million gift significantly contributed to making this high-tech facility’s design enhance the level of care, comfort and privacy of its patients.

Ron Daniels, Johns Hopkins University President, said: “These buildings are more than bricks and beds; they are symbols of Johns Hopkins’ enduring commitment to our patients and our community. They will help our physical environment keep pace with the cuttingedge breakthroughs of our researchers and the consistently compassionate care of our clinicians, nurses and caregivers.

“From its earliest days more than a century ago, Johns Hopkins Medicine set the benchmark for patient-centred care, while advancing both research and teaching. Whether they come to us from East Baltimore or East Asia, our patients deserve the finest care in the finest facilities.”

The art and architecture evident in the new facilities at The Johns Hopkins Hospital are the result of a unique collaboration among more than 70 artists from across the US, architects, an art curator, Bloomberg Philanthropies, patients, community members and the leadership and staff of Johns Hopkins. More than 500 original works of art were created and incorporated into the new hospital building to enhance healing. Of particular note is the unique façade, a wall of glass and steel commissioned by Michael Bloomberg and created by Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch.

Covering five acres, the building includes 560 all-private patient rooms; 33 state-ofthe- art, spacious operating rooms; and expansive adult and paediatric emergency departments. The building represents the new face – and new front door – of The Johns Hopkins Hospital at 1800 Orleans Street. Patients were due to begin moving into the new buildings on April 29, and the facility was due to open to all on May 1. Along with state-of-the-art, worldleading medical care, patients, staff and visitors will find creative landscaping and “healing gardens” and high-quality amenities, including valet parking and an interactive television network, with Internet, movies, games, way-finding apps and clinical team updates. Expanded food-ordering options are also available, made possible by the construction of a 30,000-square-foot kitchen to supplement the existing hospital kitchen.

The Sheikh Zayed Tower

The Sheikh Zayed Tower is named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the founder and first president of the UAE. His son, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current UAE president, made the contribution to honour the legacy of the late leader, who was dedicated to providing the best health care, education and basic needs to his people and to advancing the standard of health care for the people of the UAE and the world.

The Zayed Tower will be the new home of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, offering a full range of cardiovascular services. The tower also will house advanced neurological and neurosurgical services as well as transplant surgery, trauma care, orthopedics, general surgery and labor and delivery. It has a total of 355 private patient rooms, including 224 for acute care, 96 for intensive care and 35 for labor and delivery. The rooftop of the Sheikh Zayed Tower has a helistop for patients who arrive by helicopter.

Representing the UAE at the ceremony, His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, adviser to the president of the UAE, said: “Sheikh Zayed saw in Hopkins not only passion for excellence and innovation, but a shared commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of disease. This shared commitment is lived out today in an active partnership between the UAE and Johns Hopkins Medicine.” “

It is our hope that the care delivered in this new facility will continue the legacy of Sheikh Zayed and that it will provide generations of patients with the best and most innovative care.”

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, housed in the other tower, is named in honour of the late mother of Mayor Bloomberg and Marjorie Tiven. It has 205 rooms and 10 surgical suites designed exclusively for paediatric patients. All rooms are private, including a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit and a 40-bed paediatric intensive care unit.

 Date of upload: 20th Jun 2012


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