Full facilities assessment
SKMC's strategic plan includes FM review by international professional.
An international FM specialist visited Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) at the end of July, in line with its strategic plan to improve the development.
Kevin Taylor, senior director of construction and facilities management at Cleveland Clinic in the United States of America, advised SKMC that it would need a full facilities assessment.
"Part of our strategic plan here is a facilities assessment of our campus and primary health centres. So we brought Kevin in as a first step to look over our campus and the buildings and give us some preliminary thoughts," explained Dr Kenneth Ouriel, CEO of SKMC.
The full assessment, which included a visit from Kevin, the head of Cleveland facilities Bill Peacock, engineers and architects, took place at the end of August will provide SKMC with the knowledge it needs to help take the strategic plan forward.
"They will tell us what the buildings should look like and whether or not they need tearing down, which interiors need re-doing, which buildings need more air conditioning units etc.
"The thing about a hospital is that there are always several on-going projects. It's a continuous process. But there will be a spike in this activity over the next year or so. It will start within six months and will probably continue over the next five years," added Ouriel.
Once SKMC has the full report, it will be able to apply for the budget to go ahead with the works.
Cleveland Clinic is the management team behind Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.