OMAHA, NE—September 23, 2011
In its ongoing strategies to develop customized training and educational programs and to build closer collaborative programs with its 119 partners in 44 countries, The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC) completed a series of customized training and educational programs for 29 healthcare providers of the King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam (KFSHD), Saudi Arabia, which were sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM).
At the signing ceremony: Don Leuenberger, University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Vice Chancellor; Mohammed A. Alomar, Ph.D., Assistant Cultural Attaché for Academic Affairs of SAC; Nizar Mamdani, executive director of International Healthcare Services of TNMC; Mayor of Omaha Hon. Jim Suttle; Farid Awanes Tashjian, Senior Advisor, Medical Residency Programs of SACM; Hon. Richard Baier, Director of Nebraska Department of Economic Development
To further expand the model of KFSHD’s successful programs for the Saudi healthcare professionals at TNMC, Mohammed A. Alomar, Ph.D., Assistant Cultural Attaché for Academic Affairs of SACM, Farid Awanes Tashjian, Senior Advisor, Medical Residency Programs of SACM and Nizar Mamdani, executive director of International Healthcare Services of TNMC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate bringing more Saudi Arabian students and healthcare professionals to TNMC and its affiliated Mid-Western institutions.
The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Omaha, Hon. Jim Suttle; the Nebraska Director of Economic Development, Hon. Richard Baier; University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Vice Chancellor, Don Leuenberger; David Muirhead, Director of Anatomical Pathology; many department chairs and senior members of the medical center.
“Today, there are more than 60,000 SACM-sponsored Saudi students and their families in the United States under various educational and training programs. We are very much looking forward to expanding our close collaboration with the Nebraska Medical Center. The success of the program between KFSHD and TNMC can be a model for many Saudi Arabian healthcare facilities and students that are seeking global customized healthcare training programs and educational opportunities in the US. Special thanks go to Mr. Nizar Mamdani and his team for planning and organizing this program, said Hon. Dr. Mohammed Alomar.
“Traditional thinking in healthcare training has been focused solely on what areas of concentration study are available at the host institutions. In adopting a new process for training healthcare professionals, most institutions deduce that what is being practiced at their home institution will suit the needs and objectives of the guest healthcare trainees and their organizations. This training process has huge limitations and rarely serves as a comprehensive healthcare training solution,” says Nizar Mamdani, executive director of International Healthcare Services at TNMC.
“Hospitals throughout the globe no longer seek canned training programs, which provide limited benefits towards fulfilling the total needs of their institutions. Host healthcare institutions planning to sustain or excel in providing comprehensive training and education with maximum impact, need to develop customized training programs. We have successfully adapted this paradigm at TNMC.
“I’m extremely privileged and excited in embarking on this next phase of our expanded programs for the Saudi students and healthcare professionals with SACM and other medical institutions in the Middle East,” says Mr. Mamdani.
TNMC’s unique approach to international healthcare professional training and education is designed to give international organizations a true competitive edge, while improving patient outcomes at their institutions. Using teamwork, teambuilding, and a personalized approach, TNMC trains medical personnel to evolve and grow. By implementing the strategies of customizing healthcare training programs, hospitals can not only ensure improved patient outcomes, but can also achieve greater opportunities for their healthcare participants, a more cooperative climate of inclusion among hospital management and workers, and a greater success overall.
Hon. Mayor of Omaha as well the Hon. Director of Nebraska Economic Development stated that Omaha and Nebraska are much richer because of the great work done by the medical center and welcome the opportunity of hosting the Saudi and other international healthcare professionals and students to Nebraska. These professionals add to the foundation of an international community in Omaha, while accelerating the state’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural dynamics. They congratulated SACM and TNMC for their mutual cooperation and for signing of the MOU.
For more information on TNMC’s international programs, call: Nizar Mamdani, Executive Director: 1-402-559-3656 or visit its website at: http://www.unmc.edu/international