International Honor Recognizes Emergency Department’s Exceptional Care and Innovation


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. July 28, 2020:

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s healthcare network, has been awarded the Emergency Nurses Association’s prestigious Lantern Award, one of only two hospitals outside the US to be named as the first-ever international recipients of the prestigious honor.

The Lantern Award is given by the Emergency Nurses Association, a global membership organization of more than 40,000 emergency nurses, in recognition of emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional performance and deliver the highest level of care to patients. The three-year award is given to only a handful of top-performing facilities each year, with just 28 of the more than 5,000 emergency departments in the United States receiving the award in 2019.

In addition to quality of care, emergency departments are evaluated for their commitment to innovation in terms of nursing practice, leadership, education, advocacy and research to qualify for the award. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has placed innovation at the core of its mission and was the first facility in the UAE to employ advanced nursing roles including nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, our nurses are the foundation of everything we do. Not only do they provide the highest possible level of patient care, they also play an active role in helping us improve every step of the patient journey,” says Sue Behrens, Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Nurses at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi play a vital role in its research efforts and work to implement new processes and procedures in the Emergency Department and across the hospital to improve patient care and outcomes. The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with changing nursing from an untrained job to a skilled, science-based profession.

Neil David Clark, Acting Director of Healthcare Planning Division at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi: “We applaud the efforts of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Receiving Lantern Award is a major milestone that would never have been possible without the dedicated efforts made by the hospital to provide world-class healthcare services for all members of the community; which has always been and will remain at the forefront of Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector priorities.”

“Becoming the first Emergency Department outside the United States to receive the Lantern Award is a tremendous honor that highlights the compassion and innovation that our caregivers provide for every patient that steps through our doors. Throughout 2020, our nursing team and emergency department provided heroic service, enabling us to provide treatment for the whole community even in the most challenging circumstances.” says Dr. Rakesh Suri, Chief Executive Officer at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Last year, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi became the first hospital in the Middle East to achieve Magnet accreditation, a global credential of excellence in healthcare. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Emergency Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing comprehensive emergency services to patients who require immediate attention. On average, patients are seen by a consultant physician within an average of 12 minutes after arrival, significantly faster than international benchmarks.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, download the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Health Portal app, visit the App Store or Google Play Store, call 800 CCAD (2223) or visit



About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, Respiratory, Critical Care, Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality & Patient Safety, and Clinical & Nursing. In all, more than 40 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.


The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 394 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American/European Board Certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Al Ain began offering select medical services in December 2017. The facility is located on the Tawam Hospital Campus in Al Ain.


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Our work includes the development of global industrial champions in sectors such as aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals & mining and renewable energy, utilities, and the management of diverse financial holdings. We build on legacy expertise in oil and gas to invest across the hydrocarbon spectrum and enhance the UAE’s growth potential through investments in healthcare, real estate and defense services. Our investment approach prioritizes partnership with best-in-class organizations and a commitment to the highest standards of governance.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

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