Pittsburghs Nationally Recognized Childrens Hospital to Be Showcased to International Delegation

childrens_hospital_imageHospital could become model for similar facilities worldwide

Pittsburgh, PA – On Monday, September 20th, a group of leading international physicians will tour Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, making the facility one of a handful worldwide that could become a model for similar facilities throughout the Middle East.

According to Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis of the Pittsburgh Middle East Institute (PMEI), which, along with UPMC, is sponsoring the delegation, “The tour is a chance to showcase Pittsburgh as a growing center of healthcare innovation and a model for the future of pediatric care.”

A non-profit consortium of prominent Pittsburgh businesses and civic institutions dedicated to promoting Pittsburgh as a “City of the Future,” PMEI arranged the tour for key physicians representing the Health Ministry of Oman. The delegation, which includes a member of the Omani Royal Family, hopes to begin discussions for the design and construction of Oman’s own pediatric hospital.

The delegation includes Her Highness AL SAYYIDA Khoula Julunda Seif Al Said, Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Dr Mohammed Jaffer Mohammed Abdul Rahim, Head of Pediatric Surgery; Dr Salim Nasser Mohammed Al Maskari, Director of Children’s Health and Head of Pediatric Cardiology.

According to PMEI board member Charles Bogosta, UPMC’s Executive Vice President and President of the International and Commercial Services Division, “We’re delighted to host the delegation and to explore a possible partnership between UPMC and Oman’s Ministry of Health. This visit will further raise Pittsburgh’s and UPMC’s international profile, while opening new doors for economic, educational and technological opportunities for our region.”

The recently built Children’s Hospital at UPMC has garnered national recognition for its state-of-the-art, green-friendly facility, technological innovations, and patient services. Most recently, the hospital was one of eight pediatric hospitals named to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-2011 Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

“Sunday’s tour is a wonderful opportunity for others to see what Pittsburgh has to offer in terms of global leadership in the healthcare industry,” added Yazdgerdi Curtis, PMEI’s President and Founder. “Our hope is that Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital will become the model for similar facilities in Oman and other countries around the world.”

PMEI is best known for its annual conference, which fosters partnerships between Pittsburgh’s business and civic leaders and their Middle Eastern counterparts that will position

the City to benefit from a new era of economic growth expected throughout the Middle East in the coming decades. Past speakers have included world renowned authors and commentators Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright will headline this year’s conference on November 10, 2010.

PMEI’s annual conference is the primary way the group promotes Pittsburgh’s major achievements, encourages partnerships, and creates opportunities. However, Yazdergerdi Curtis noted that PMEI promotes Pittsburgh as a world-class city in other ways, including sending delegations to and hosting delegations from the Middle East region.

“This tour is another opportunity to showcase our City. Pittsburgh’s award winning Children’s Hospital is just one example of how we are setting standards of global excellence.”