Abu Dhabi: Scheduled to welcome its first patients by 2011 and located on Al Sawa Island across from the Abu Dhabi Mall, Mubadala Development Company has financed for the first time a healthcare project with Cleveland Clinic.

Sunday marked the official groundbreaking ceremony of a 360-bed(scalable to 490), multi-specialty facility Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) hospital at the site of the new hospital on Al Sawa Island.

"CCAD is a vital part of our integrated healthcare network and we are absolutely committed to delivering the highest quality facilities and services to our patients," said Mark Erhart, Executive Director, Mubadala Healthcare.

Some of the current and upcoming health projects include the Imperial College, London Diabetes Centre specialising in diabetes treatment, research, training and education, opened in 2006; the Abu Dhabi Knee and Sports Medicine Centre specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with knee and sports-related injuries, opened in 2007; Minhaal, the first dual-language online resource providing accurate and up-to-date medical information in both English and Arabic, launched in January 2008; National Reference Lab, an automated laboratory providing services to the public and private health providers, due to open in late 2008 and Molecular Imaging Centre which includes PET-CT and Cyclotron, located in Tawam Hospital Campus, due to open in 2009.

Like its counterpart in the United States, CCAD will be a physician-led medical facility served by US trained and board certified physicians.

CCAD will have equipment related to surgery, imaging, telemedicine and electronic medical records.

"Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will enhance health, wellness and long life for so many and will combine the best of American medicine with the style and energy of this incredible city and nation," said Delos M. 'Toby' Cosgrove, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic.