Mountasser Kadrie, PhD, MHA, Receives Fulbright Specialist Grant to Enhance Hospital Operation Management Skills in Egypt

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Mountasser Kadrie, PhD, MHA, FACHE, FHIMSS, FACMPE, program director of the Clinical Operations and Health Care Management Programs, received a Fulbright Specialist Grant for the development of a “Hospital Management and Operational Excellence Program” for the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), to enhance hospital operation management competency for all hospitals in Egypt.

Fulbright specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

As the largest Arab country in the Middle East, Egypt has a complex health care delivery system featuring roughly 1,800 hospitals serving a population of more than 100 million, which is expected to climb to 130 million by the end of the decade. In 2018, the country launched a Universal Health Insurance policy to reform the fragmented health care system, with full implementation expected by 2032. To help meet those growing demands, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population is looking to prepare health care executives to better meet the growing demands on the public/private system.

“My goal is to help train and prepare the next cadre of global health care leaders who will be change agents. These leaders are tasked to help their nations build resilient organizations and communities,” said Kadrie, who also serves as associate professor of clinical research and leadership. “These managers are practicing physicians with solid clinical experience. They just need some administrative, business, and executive training to run their hospitals efficiently and effectively.”

The Ministry of Health will select 40 hospital CEOs, or what they are called “Hospital Managers,” from across Egypt to participate in this training program in Cairo, Egypt. The project will train these managers on the best management practices needed to manage and operate a hospital in Egypt. 

The program will train on five key fundamental hospital management areas — Leadership in Health Care, Health Care Governance, Health Care Policy, Financial Management, and Performance Excellence. The idea is to develop a national training program, using a “train the trainers,” model to prepare and empower these hospital executives to become change agents, driving and promoting performance excellence in Egypt's health care sector. Participants will then teach other hospitals managers nationwide using the same training program they underwent.

Kadrie also will lead a national round table discussion organized by the Fulbright Commission in Egypt to engage and share experiences with the broader audience of academics, health care professionals, and decision-makers and stakeholders in Egypt's public and private health care and other sectors, such as business, investors, NGOs, and international agencies.

Upon completing the training program, the MOHP plans to support and establish a longstanding channel of academic and professional exchange between MOHP and Kadrie that could lead to additional collaborations benefitting both the national health care system in Egypt and GW.

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