This intensive-care nurse from Germany has established the first facility of its kind in the MENA region that cares for chronic ventilator-dependent patients in a non-hospital setting. Success in 2012 now means expansion is under way.
Tell us about ProVita in Abu Dhabi.
Located in Khalifa City on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city, the facility consists of six two-storey villas, providing care and beds for 36 patients. Each patient is dependent on a ventilator or has conditions that merit regular medical, nursing and rehabilitatory intervention. We opened in 2010 and due to demand we are currently arranging to expand this facility and open a new 48-bed facility in Al Ain.
Your ‘home’ is the first of its kind here in the region. What difference has it made?
It is a wonderful sight to see patients and their families being brought closer together now that a facility of this kind exists on their doorstep. Improving the quality of life of our patients is our number one priority and we are able to help people who were previously being cared for in an ICU environment make choices about how they live their lives and realise their dreams.
Why Abu Dhabi?
I was treating a number of patients from the UAE in Germany in the same home-from-home set-up. Eventually I was invited by the health authorities of Abu Dhabi to set up a one-of-a-kind facility such as this. They were very supportive and now ProVita exists as a positive example to the rest of the MENA region.