Marc Harrison MD Named CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Medical Operations Officer to Lead Unparalleled Extension of Cleveland Clinic Model

March 21, 2011

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and Mubadala Healthcare, have appointed Cleveland Clinic Chief Medical Operations Officer Marc Harrison, MD, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CCAD.

CCAD will be a 360-bed multi-specialty extension of Cleveland Clinic’s model of healthcare in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Harrison’s immediate responsibilities will include extensive leadership recruitment and the development and execution of clinical and operational strategies.

“Dr. Harrison is a proven leader with a commitment to delivering passionate care to his patients, building clinical operations, and driving service and innovation across our health system,” said Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “His appointment is a testament to Cleveland Clinic's continued commitment to our partners --Mubadala Healthcare and the Government of Abu Dhabi -- in making Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi the region's premier healthcare organization.”

Dr. Harrison joined the staff of Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s in 1999, serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Critical Care. He also has served as the Vice Chair of Professional Staff Affairs and Director of Medical and Clinical Operations.

Dr. Harrison has successfully implemented programs that have increased the quality and efficiency for the delivery of integrated patient care at Cleveland Clinic. With a focus on getting the right patient to the right place at the right time, Dr. Harrison has enabled a patient delivery system which utilizes multiple transport structures and innovative business intelligence, while always putting the comfort and needs of the patient first.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to assist in bringing together the strong collaboration and leadership that exists within Cleveland Clinic’s group practice model to the people of Abu Dhabi,” said Dr. Harrison “My family and I are excited to become a part of a wonderful and emerging community, and we can’t wait to share in the continued success of the region.”

Dr. Harrison will be relieving Interim CEO, Mark McPhee, MD, beginning April 10, 2011. Dr. McPhee will continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer of CCAD. In addition, CCAD Chief Medical Officer, Robert Lorenz, MD, has met tremendous milestones while fulfilling his commitment to the project, and will be returning to Cleveland Clinic in July 2011. Drs. Harrison and McPhee are actively involved in the recruitment to fill the CMO position.

In 2006, Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Healthcare signed an agreement to build CCAD. Currently, construction is moving along as scheduled at the hospital site on Sowwah Island. CCAD is just one of several initiatives being led by Mubadala Healthcare, dedicated to investment in strategic, high-value and economically sustainable projects that meaningfully enhance the private healthcare infrastructure of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

“Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be a state-of-the-art medical facility that will provide world-class care to our community,” said Suhail Al Ansari, Executive Director, Mubadala Healthcare. “Dr. Harrison will be a vital leader who will advance hospital operations, recruitment, and processes as we move forward toward opening its doors. We are excited to build a hospital that will deliver the highest level of care to patients.”

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