SEHA is the corporate marketing name of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, an independent public joint stock company that owns and operates all public hospitals and clinics across the emirate. ‘SEHA’ is a phonetic rendering of the Arabic word for health.
The company was established by Emiri Decree No 10 of 2007 and is a leading participant in the reform of Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector. The reform seeks to upgrade and improve healthcare delivery to the public at a level comparable to the finest healthcare systems in the world. The program began by separating management and regulation – SEHA assumed responsibility for public healthcare centers and hospitals, while Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HA-AD) was established to regulate the public and private sectors. The two organizations replaced the General Authority for Health Services (GAHS), previously responsible for both roles.
In keeping with the Government’s strategy to identify best global practices and explore competitive ideas, SEHA entered into a number of partnerships with international healthcare institutions. Their world-class capabilities have contributed much to SEHA’s growth and development in knowledge transfer, education, promoting healthcare excellence, and achieving goals with competitive advantage.
Over time, the partnership agreements have evolved to apply to more sophisticated areas, as SEHA acquired the capabilities to become a fully-fledged operator and manager. Current partners include Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Fresenius Medical Care.
Today, the SEHA HealthSystem consists of 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, 46 Primary Healthcare Clinic, 10 Disease Prevention and Screening Centere, 3 Mobile Clinics, 1 School Clinic, 2 Blood banks,4 Dental Centers, 2 Employee Healthcare Center,and 1 Vaccination Center. It is the largest healthcare network in the UAE, providing a continuum of care to residents and utilizing leading-edge technologies. SEHA’s facilities accommodate 100,000 inpatients annually and conduct 41,000 surgeries, as well as treating more than five million outpatients.
SEHA has more than 17,500 employees spread across the emirate – from the Western or Al Gharbia Region to the Eastern Region and throughout the Middle and Island Regions. The organization offers many services and sub-specialties that are unique to the UAE and the wider region.