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'They were the secret:' Johns Hopkins takes mission to Lebanon, around the world

'They were the secret:' Johns Hopkins takes mission to Lebanon, around the world

Black SUVs pull up to the palm tree-lined driveway and deliver patients to Clemenceau Medical Center.

The commanding, mirror-windowed complex towers over one of the capital’s wealthiest and trendiest neighborhoods. In the lobby, a musician plays a baby grand piano. A mass of pink balloons and colorful flowers welcome a baby girl. A man stumbles to the ground; medical staff rush to his aid.

The founders of Lebanon’s newest and most advanced hospital envisioned an institution with impeccable service, upscale amenities and the best medical care in the Middle East. Offices, laboratories and operating rooms would be equipped with the latest technology. Doctors would operate under...

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