Response Plus Holding, the UAE’s largest provider of healthcare services and a unit of Alpha Dhabi Holding, has announced the opening of a new health technology centre in Dubai.
The new branch of Health-Tech Training — opened in partnership with the American Safety and Health Institute — is part of Response Plus's expansion and aims to enhance teaching methods and improve learning through expert support for professional development, the company said on Saturday.
“With growing demand in the global market for health services, comprehensive support of medical and non-medical training is essential. Response Plus is readily prepared to supply expert resources to train the community with tailored and accredited courses," said chief executive Tom Louis.
Training and preparation in the healthcare sector have become a focal point in the UAE, and were especially highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Emirates has been widely praised for its handling of the crisis thanks to an organised and thorough vaccination drive, stringent precautionary measures and a strong healthcare industry.
Response Plus said the new centre, approved by Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, has also been accredited as the first and only establishment to offer courses for pre-hospital trauma life support and all-hazards disaster response.
Both courses are accredited by the US National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and recommended for all pre-hospital care providers, including doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, it added.
It will also will offer courses in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and paediatric advanced life support.
Response Plus has a strong presence in Abu Dhabi, where it trains 25,000 candidates annually. The expansion is part of its plans to "pave the way as an industry leader with even greater numbers across the UAE and internationally", Mr Louis said.
The new branch forms part of Response Plus's strategic plan for additional centres across the UAE and internationally, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Oman, India and Ethiopia.
Response Plus has a fleet of more than 250 ambulances and over 260 clinics run by a workforce of about 1,600. Its Health-Tech Training arm opened in 2014 and is accredited by the American Heart Association, Highfield International and the European Resuscitation Council, NAEMT.
The company, founded in 2010, listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange's Second Market in September 2021.
Alpha Dhabi Holding, listed on the ADX, is a subsidiary of the emirate's International Holding Company. It was established in 2013 and is one of the fastest-growing investment holding companies based in the capital, with more than 100 businesses spread across health care, agriculture, petrochemicals, real estate, construction and hospitality.
It was formerly known as Trojan Holding and is a strategic contributor to the UAE economy.