King Saud University Medical City & Houston Methodist tie up to cooperate in health sector

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Medical City at King Saud University (KSUMC) in Riyadh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States-based Houston Methodist Hospital, which includes collaboration on the development and implementation of projects related to quality and patient safety and the provision of clinical, administrative and educational services.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Ahmad Hersi, chief executive officer at KSUMC, and Ms. Cathy Easter, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Executive Director of Health Affairs at KSUMC, Prof. Dr. Fawzi Al-Jasser, the Executive Director of Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Bahmam, the Medical Director of King Khalid University Hospital, Dr. Nasser Al-Khamis, the Medical Director of the University Dental Hospital, Dr. Sarah Al-Sabeet, and Houston Methodist team members.

Prof. Hersi shared that “the collaboration comes at a time when the health sector is witnessing rapid development that requires keeping pace with it through exchanging knowledge, experiences, and best practices in an effort to promote the quality of health services delivered to beneficiaries and enhance their satisfaction and experience and this comes through applying the best international standards in the health sector, supporting programs to develop health services, medical education, and scientific research as part of the guidelines stipulated in the Saudi Vision 2030.”

Ms. Cathy Easter commented on the collaboration that “Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services is honored to partner with King Saud University Medical City to explore potential areas of collaboration in quality, clinical collaboration, innovation and education and training where health care professionals from both organizations can exchange best practices and learn from each other’s experiences.”

After the signing ceremony, the Houston Methodist delegation visited KSUMC’s health centers, departments and wards, and were briefed on its advanced technology and capabilities, and the integrated medical care it provides in line with the highest international quality standards, in addition to the medical training and scientific research facilities.

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