Thursday, June 27, 2013

Children’s National Welcomes UAE Women Leaders

Children’s National was excited to host a distinguished delegation of female leaders from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, June 25. The group included women from the UAE Federal National Council, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zayed Military Hospital, as well as from top business and media organizations. The women were in town to meet with senior leaders in the U.S. Government and the private sector to discuss international women’s issues and gender equality, as well as how partnerships between the U.S. and the UAE can strengthen roles for women in the workplace.

Pam King Sams, Vice President for Development at Children’s National, and Noura Aldhaheri, a pediatric resident, welcomed the delegation of UAE women leaders and members of the UAE Embassy staff to the hospital on Tuesday. 
While at Children’s National, the group toured the Hematology and Oncology Unit, where they were able to meet some of our children who are going through cancer treatment and see the many resources available to help the children and their families heal – including our art therapy room. The group also toured the labs of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the Pain Medicine Care Complex, where they were able to hear about some of the latest research being conducted and new technologies that are already helping alleviate pain for children worldwide.

LEFT: The group also visited research labs in the Sheikh Zayed Institute and met our Student Innovators from the Khalifa University. RIGHT: One member of the group tried out the multi-sensory gaming technology used to help manage pain in children. BOTTOM: The women spent time in an art therapy room to learn about the many ways that Children’s National helps children through the healing process.

A central discussion theme throughout the day was sustainability—how do we best encourage and train our next generation of leaders, including physicians, scientists, engineers, and most importantly women. We were able to learn from the impressive experience of our guests and share our own insights and ideas for the future. It was an exciting exchange, and we certainly look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate with this very accomplished group of women.

In addition to their visit to Children’s National, the delegation met with representatives from the U.S. Congress, the State Department, as well as private  companies that operate in the UAE.

Dr. Kurt Newman, CEO of Children’s National, spent time with the delegation and shared a laugh with Her Excellency Dr. Amal Abdullah Juma Al Qubaisi, the Deputy Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council and leader of the UAE women’s delegation.

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