Pramod Balakrishnan, CEO of Emirates Hospitals Group, Image Credit:

Dubai: Emirates Rehab and Homecare, an advanced and comprehensive rehabilitation centre under Emirates Hospitals Group, has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-headquartered Barlow Respiratory Hospital (Barlow) to provide the highest quality respiratory rehabilitation and care for chronically and critically ill patients in the UAE.

Under this agreement, the Emirates Rehab Centre will facilitate services of a team of physicians, nurses and therapists from Barlow that draws upon more than a century of respiratory health expertise.

Emirates Rehab and Homecare is the first-of-its-kind health-care provider in Dubai and the Northern Emirates dedicated to long-term recovery, comprehensive, convalescent and geriatric rehabilitation programmes and home health services nationwide in the UAE.

As a long-term acute care (LTCH) hospital, Barlow is trusted for the specialised care it offers to chronically and critically ill patients in the post-ICU setting. Barlow Respiratory Hospital is the only not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital (LTCH) in the state of California. The hospital is headquartered in Los Angeles and operates two additional satellite facilities serving Los Angeles’ San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys.

Pramod Balakrishnan, CEO of Emirates Hospitals Group, said of the partnership, “We are very pleased to associate with the prestigious Barlow Respiratory Hospital to provide their advanced respiratory therapy programmes to UAE patients. At Emirates Hospitals Group, our strategy is to add new modalities to our health-care offerings in the UAE and beyond. We are diversifying our growth into various domains of health care to ensure we cater effectively to the multi-cultural populace of the country.”

Amit Mohan, PhD, president and CEO of Barlow Respiratory Hospital, said, “We value this opportunity to partner with Emirates Rehab Centre and to extend our specialised services in ventilator weaning, pulmonary rehabilitation and care of medically complex patients in the UAE and beyond. Barlow’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with chronic critical illnesses and complex respiratory conditions in post-acute settings.”

This partnership will help to establish a global standard for management of complex respiratory diseases for patients in the region. Acute and chronic respiratory diseases are a common cause of morbidity and mortality due in part to rapidly changing weather and environmental conditions of the region.

Emirates Hospital Group has also recently partnered with the Dubai Health Authority to provide UAE patients with modern rehabilitation therapy services of ADELI Medical Centre, an international clinic for intensive neurorehabilitation based in Pieštany, Slovakia. This helps a number of UAE patients suffering from genetic, chronic and accidental neurological disorders.