Kanad Hospital enjoys a fascinating history. It is the birthplace of the two most recent Emirati rulers: the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and the current President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ). The founders of Kanad Hospital, Drs. Pat and Marian Kennedy first arrived in 1960 at the invitation of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate and president of the UAE from 1971-2004. At that time only 50 percent of babies survived and one in three mothers died during childbirth. Because of this and other endemic diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, eye diseases, intestinal parasites, the population of Al Ain was actually declining.
From its humble beginnings chiefly as a maternity center, Kanad Hospital has grown to a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility with 80+ physicians, 130 beds, serving almost 150,000 outpatients and 4,000 deliveries each year. Services provided include family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology with maternal-fetal medicine and infertility treatment, internal medicine, surgical specialties, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopedics, urology, occupational therapy, social services, urgent care, and pharmacy. Kanad Hospital has modern radiology equipment, a full service laboratory, and utilizes an electronic medical record system.
Kanad Hospital is governed by an international Board of Directors from True Sojourners. Kanad Hospital became the first non-government hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to receive Accreditation by the Joint Commission International – an internationally recognized organization focused on improving the safety of patient care.