Penn Medicine & VPS Healthcare set for strategic partnership

Abu Dhabi UAE, 2nd November, 2015: University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), one of the world’s leading healthcare systems is entering into a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi-based healthcare giant, VPS Healthcare. The two major healthcare systems entered into a strategic partnership today. This partnership is yet another benchmark for VPS as it teams up with Penn Medicine dedicated to enhance patient care, research and education.

“It is an historic occasion for both organizations. We are very excited about the partnership and for an internationally recognized and prestigious institution like Penn Medicine to partner with us, a private and multinational provider health system, speaks volumes for us,” said Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director, VPS Healthcare.

Speaking about the collaboration, Mr. Ralph Muller, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System, said, “It is indeed a strategic opportunity to work with a visionary organization like VPS.  They do exemplary work here in the UAE. Their commitment to excellence and eagerness to partner with the best for outstanding patient care services and other programs at its various institutions across the region is truly commendable.”

As part of their strategic partnership, VPS Healthcare and Penn Medicine will explore the development of collaborative initiatives in establishing and enhancing best-in-class educational conferences, standards in patient care, continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals

“The main goal of our partnership is to provide the best of the healthcare services for the people of the UAE. Our approach has always been patient centric and in Penn we have a partner who shares the same ideology of putting patients’ interests right at the top of the list and gradually work from there,” said Dr. Ali Obaid Al Ali, CEO – Abu Dhabi Hospitals, VPS Healthcare.


Great Timing

VPS Healthcare already has programs in place to help address challenges posed by the rising population and lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The partnership will advance VPS Healthcare’s support for the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda and accelerate the UAE’s goals of providing world-class healthcare to its citizens and residents right here at home.

Commenting on the importance about the timing of the partnership, Dr. Shamsheer, said, “This partnership could not have come at a better time. UAE’s healthcare sector is the fastest growing in the entire Middle East with the government spending also witnessing an increase in recent times.”

“As we look forward to Expo 2020, the UAE healthcare market is poised for rapid transformation, serving as the preferred international destination for business initiatives, especially with the growth of the expatriate population and the proliferation of the private insurance market. We are very excited about this partnership and the growth opportunities,” said Dr. Charles Stanford, Senior Director, VPS Healthcare.

“We believe the timing is right for such a relationship.  VPS’ strategic view on how to manage chronic diseases, health and wellness, and the comprehensive delivery of healthcare services makes it a good fit for this partnership and I believe VPS is the right partner for us,” said Phil Okala, Senior Vice President for Business Development at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

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