Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City aspires to be the healthcare provider of choice by offering a diverse and integrated set of medical services based on world-class quality, compliant with the highest standards. SKMC is committed to the development of the health sector in Abu Dhabi by creating a compassionate and diverse culture that promotes medical education and research.


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) is a flagship institution of the SEHA HealthSystem. It provides a comprehensive array of services through its sophisticated network of hospitals, primary healthcare centers, and specialist clinics.

SKMC’s staff numbers more than 4,053. It has total capacity of 764 beds and offers a wide variety of medical and surgical treatments and diagnostic facilities.

A founding objective of SKMC was to provide an international standard and style of care so that people would no longer need to travel abroad for medical treatment. Today SKMC operates under the management of Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected US hospital groups. The institution has three major facilities – Sheikh Khalifa Hospital, Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Center, and the Behavioral Science Pavilion – situated in one complex at the heart of the capital city, as well as an impressive network covering Abu Dhabi Island and comprising 14 outpatient clinics, seven primary healthcare centers, and two dental clinics.

The SKMC team includes around 700 physicians (170 consultants), 688 paramedics, 1,584 nurses, and 1,127 administrative personnel. On average, 1,400 admissions are handled every month as well as 30,000 outpatient visits and roughly 12,000 emergency and urgent care visits. About 650 general surgical procedures are carried out each month, as well as some 1,800 scans and 3,300 dialysis treatments and peritoneal runs.

Achievements in 2010

  • SKMC received two commendations for Excellence in Hospital Emergency Department and Excellence in Surgery at Arab Health Awards 2010.
  • Continued participation in the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is allowing surgeons to benchmark their performance against US standards.
  • Dialysis staff educated and screened about 2,000 people over two days as part of the hospital’s contribution to World Kidney Day.
  • The Bariatric Surgery and Weight Reduction Program was fully implemented with assistance from Cleveland Clinic, resulting in increased referrals from all over the UAE, especially difficult cases. More than 100 cases have been handled without a major complication.
  • Full implementation of the Interventional Pulmonology Program including endobronchial electrosurgery, stent placement, transbronchial needle aspiration, endobronchial ultrasound, narrow band imaging, endobronchial valve placement, and balloon bronchoplasty. The program has brought referrals from the UAE and surrounding countries. The total number of bronchoscopies performed has increased from double digits in 2008 to 406 during 2010, including 90 interventional procedures.
  • Bronchoscopy is being performed for the first time as an outpatient procedure (27 in 2010), and 67 percutaneous dilatational tracheostomies (PCDT) were carried out. This is a bedside procedure that avoids patients going to the OR for tracheostomy.
  • Clinical research programs involved the creation of a Research and Statistics Department and a total of 43 requests were submitted to SKMC IRB Committee, with 18 research projects in progress and eight completed during 2010.
  • SKMC was ranked highest in pain control and clarity of communication in the patient satisfaction survey.
  • The Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Committee completed and published VTE prevention policy, anticoagulant therapy policy, and a compulsory risk assessment form for VTE and bleeding, adopting the American College of Chest Physicians’ guidelines for VTE prevention.

2010 actual end-of-year totals

Average daily census (occupied beds) 590
Occupancy % 75.5%
Inpatient beds in use 215,183
Admissions 17,107
Discharges 17,085
ALOS (occupied bed days per discharge) 12.6
IP Surgery cases as % of admits 35.9%

Other utilization indicators
Birth -
Surgery cases IP 6,133
Surgery cases OP 1,347
Surgery cases (IP and OP) 7,480

Staff (FTEs)
Total 4,053
Doctors 654
Nursing 1,584
Paramed 688
Administration/support 1,127

Primary healthcare visits 293,207
Hospital clinic visits 288,721
Emergency room visits 160,072