Cedars-Sinai Leaders Welcome Consul General of Qatar
Mar 30, 2022 Cedars-Sinai Staff
Executive leaders recently welcomed the consul general of the State of Qatar in Los Angeles to the medical center, providing a behind-the-scenes tour and discussing ways to build upon the relationship between the Middle Eastern country and Cedars-Sinai.
During a 90-minute visit on Thursday, March 17, President and CEO Thomas M. Priselac met with Consul General Mansoor S.S. Abdulla Al-Sulaitin, who was later given a special tour that featured Guerin Children's, Saperstein and the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center.
"Collaborative efforts like this help us thrive. We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with organizations like Cedars-Sinai as we continue to explore innovation opportunities in business, healthcare, entrepreneurship and other sectors."
"We are delighted to welcome the consul general, and we are honored to have him at the medical center," said Priselac. "We look forward to strengthening the partnership between Cedars-Sinai and Qatar for years to come."
The visit marked Sulaitin's first face-to-face meeting at the medical center with Cedars-Sinai leaders, which also included Richard Jacobs, executive vice president and chief strategy officer; Bryan Croft, senior vice president of Operations; and Heitham Hassoun, MD, vice president and medical director of Cedars-Sinai International.
The consul general's meeting came as Cedars-Sinai continues to provide vital support in hospital operations and design toward the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital in Doha, Qatar's capital. Scheduled for completion later this year, The View Hospital, a global affiliate of Cedars-Sinai, will be one of the most prestigious private sector healthcare providers and general hospitals in the Middle East.
"Collaborative efforts like this help us thrive," said Al-Sulaitin, who began his diplomatic post in Los Angeles late last year. "We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with organizations like Cedars-Sinai as we continue to explore innovation opportunities in business, healthcare, entrepreneurship and other sectors."
The 242-bed hospital under construction in Doha will be one of the first hospitals in Qatar to offer patients a private healthcare option. Elegancia Healthcare, part of Elegancia Group, is developing the project.
The View Hospital project further expands Cedars-Sinai's relationship with Qatar. In 2020, Cedars-Sinai entered an exclusive provider agreement with the Medical Attaché of the State of Qatar in the United States to provide integrated, high-quality healthcare to its citizens and the Qatari student population in greater Los Angeles.
On March 17, as leaders explained the wide range of advanced medical services available at Cedars-Sinai, the consul general shared highlights of the Qatar Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on education, research and community development that has branch campuses with several American universities.
The consul general was led on a tour of the medical center by Sean Collins, executive director of Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction, who provided a vivid snapshot of how Cedars-Sinai cares for its patients every day.
"We are very thankful for the continued collaboration between Cedars-Sinai and Qatar and with Qatari organizations," Hassoun said. "We value their partnership and look forward to enhancing the relationships for years to come. We are continually appreciative of Qatar entrusting us with the care of their patients."