KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh, CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) joined the Gulf Creatives Conference (GCC) at Harvard 2024. The event, GCC at Harvard, is organized by The Diwan, an organization run by graduate students at Harvard University. In his address, Dr. Al Fayyadh showcased the KFSH&RC’s journey since its inception in Riyadh almost five decades ago, highlighting how it has significantly reduced the need for patients to travel abroad for medical care. KFSH&RC has evolved into a premier provider of tertiary healthcare services and today offers cutting-edge treatments for heart diseases, tumors, organ transplantation, and genetic disorders.

Dr. Al Fayyadh discussed KFSH&RC’s transformation into an independent, non-profit foundation. This move, he indicated, aligns with the organization’s strategic vision to become a global healthcare innovation leader, emphasizing excellence, innovation, and investment in cutting-edge technology to tackle global health challenges.

KFSH&RC Strives to Pioneer in Maximizing Healthcare Spending Value

Dr. Al Fayyadh at Harvard: We Leverage Technology to Tackle Global Health Challenges

“The Saudi Leadership has outlined a clear vision for KFSH&RC, mandated by a royal decree transitioning the hospital into an independent Sui Generis, non-profit foundation,” stated His Excellency, Dr. Al Fayyadh.

He further highlighted that this transformation seeks to elevate global healthcare standards through increased independence and flexibility. This shift will allow KSFH&RC to optimize existing services, pursue new opportunities, and direct resources toward initiatives that promote human health and well-being both within the Kingdom and internationally. Ultimately, this move reinforces KFSH&RC’s dedication to patient-centered excellence.

Dr. Al Fayyadh pointed out that KFSH&RC envisions itself as a leader in maximizing the value of healthcare spending, adhering to evidence-based practices to ensure optimal patient outcomes. It seeks to remain at the forefront of global healthcare innovation, with initiatives designed to increase health equity and access worldwide. To achieve this, KFSH&RC will continue to invest in cutting-edge medical facilities, advanced diagnostic equipment, and state-of-the-art treatment technologies. Building on existing progress in areas like CAR T-cell therapy, robotic surgeries, organ transplants, and personalized medicine, the institution aims to achieve global competitiveness. This will be further supported by fostering an exceptional workforce, pursuing Nobel Prize-caliber breakthroughs, and strengthening strategic international collaborations.

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Dr. Al Fayyadh joined a panel discussion focusing on the evolving landscape of the healthcare sector and the positive outcomes of KFSH&RC’s ongoing transformation in patient care. He also addressed current challenges and anticipated future developments within the healthcare sector, emphasizing the profound impact of the hospital’s innovations on global healthcare advancement. Additionally, Dr. Al Fayyadh highlighted the effective role of the hospital’s transformative initiatives in aligning with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program and Saudi Vision 2030.

KFSH&RC is recognized as one of the leading global institutions that provide specialized healthcare, drive innovation, and serve as an advanced medical research and education hub. It is dedicated to developing medical technologies and elevating healthcare standards worldwide, forging partnerships with leading local, regional, and international institutions to deliver world-class services in clinical, research, and educational domains.

For the second year running, KFSH&RC has retained its status as the leading institution in the Kingdom and ranks 20th globally among the top 250 academic medical centers worldwide. It is also recognized as the most valuable healthcare brand in the Kingdom and the Middle East in 2024, according to Brand Finance, and has been ranked among the world’s top 250 hospitals by Newsweek Magazine.

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About King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre:

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre stands among the global leaders in providing specialized healthcare, driving innovation, and serving as an advanced medical research and education hub. Through strategic partnerships with prominent local, regional, and international institutions, the hospital is dedicated to advancing medical technologies and elevating healthcare standards worldwide.

The hospital has secured its position as the leading brand in the healthcare sector across the Kingdom and the Middle East, marking its second consecutive year as the most valuable healthcare brand. It ranks 9th within the Kingdom and 28th in the Middle East. The hospital distinguishes itself as the sole hospital globally to break into the top 10 brands in its country, as highlighted in two reports by “Brand Finance” on the 50 most valuable brands in Saudi Arabia and the 150 most valuable brands in the Middle East in 2024.

Due to the transformation programs and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, launched by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister – may God protect him – to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in the global healthcare sector, KFSH&RC has emerged as a leading Academic Medical Centre in the Middle East and Africa. It maintained its 20th rank globally for the second consecutive year in 2024, according to “Brand Finance.” Additionally, it has been ranked among the top 250 hospitals globally in 2024 by the American magazine “Newsweek.”

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19,710 Violators of Residence, Work, Border Security Regulations Apprehended in Week

Riyadh: The inspection campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Interior throughout the Kingdom between May 2 and 8, 2024, to ensure compliance with residency, work and border security regulations, yielded the following results:

Across the Kingdom, 19,710 violations were recorded: 12,961 of residency, 4,177 of border security, and 2,572 of labor laws.

Some 979 individuals attempted to cross the border into the Kingdom illegally, of whom 43% Yemenis, 54% Ethiopians, and 3% of other nationalities; 46 people were arrested for attempting to illegally leave the Kingdom.

Twelve people involved in transporting, sheltering or employing violators were arrested.

A total of 49,407 expatriates (46,342 men and 3,065 women) are currently undergoing procedures for enforcing regulations.

Among the detained people for violating legal requirements, 40,391 were instructed to contact their country’s embassy or consulate to obtain proper documentation for travel, 3,016 were told to complete booking arrangements for their dep
artures, and 13,383 were repatriated.

The Ministry of Interior has warned that any person who facilitates the illegal entry of individuals into the Kingdom, transports them on its territory, provides them with shelter or with any other assistance or service may be penalized with up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to SAR1 million, and that the vehicles used for transport or housing used for shelter may be impounded.

The ministry stressed that such acts are major crimes that warrant arrest.

It also urges people to report any violations by calling 911 in the Makkah, Riyadh, and Eastern regions, and 999 and 996 in the rest of the Kingdom.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Gaza Death Toll Rises to 34,971 Martyrs, Gaza’s Ministry of Health Confirms

The number of casualties due to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza enclave since October has risen to 34,971 martyrs in addition to 78,641 wounded, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.

The Gaza’s Ministry of Health said the Israeli occupation soldiers committed four massacres against families in the enclave during the past 24 hours, of whom 28 martyrs and 69 injured were whisked off to hospitals, affirming that such a toll is expected to rise, as there are thousands of victims still underneath the rubble and on roads, with the occupation soldiers preventing paramedics and civil defense personnel from reaching out to them.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Receives Phone Call from UN Secretary-General

Doha: HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, received a phone call on Saturday, from HE Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.

During the call, they discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially the joint mediation efforts to end the war on the Strip, releasing prisoners and hostages, getting humanitarian aid sustainably into all areas throughout the Strip, in addition to the latest developments in the region.

Source: Qatar News Agency

MoPH, Partners Celebrate the Vital Role Nurses and Midwives Play in Qatars Healthcare Sector

Doha: In honour of International Day of the Midwife on the 5th of May and International Nurses Day on the 12th of May, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has joined together with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) to recognise the invaluable contributions of Qatars skilled and diverse nursing and midwifery workforce.

Assistant Minister for Health Affairs of the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Salih Al Marri, highlighted the significance of these days, stating, “These international days provide a special opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the noble professions of nursing and midwifery, and appreciate the incredible dedication of the thousands of nurses and midwives in Qatar who play such an important role in providing high-quality care to patients across our healthcare sector.” Acting Chief Nursing Officer at HMC Mariam Al Mutawa, expressed her pride, noting, “For the first time, we are celebrating together the International Day of the Midwife and International N
urses Day to provide an opportunity to honour the remarkable contributions made by nurses here in Qatar and globally. Nursing offers one of the most fulfilling and dynamic career paths for both men and women. Beyond providing essential direct patient care, nurses are leaders, innovators, educators, and catalysts for change who can facilitate improved access to healthcare and achieve performance improvements. I am honoured to be a nurse leader and proud of the exceptional nurses and midwives I work with in Qatar.” Director of Nursing at PHCC Ebtesam Abdulla highlighted the critical role nurses play in primary health care, adding, “International Nurses and Midwives Day is a great occasion to acknowledge the vital role nurses play in primary health care. Here at PHCC, our nurses are the cornerstone of our system, providing compassionate, holistic care to our community. They are not just caregivers; they are advocates, educators, and health partners, ensuring the well-being of every individual they serve. They ar
e with our community at every step of their healthcare journey. Today, we honour and celebrate their unwavering dedication, professionalism, and the extraordinary impact they make in the lives of our patients and their families.” Through the Qatar Nurses Association, Qatar actively participates in the International Council of Nurses (ICN), a global federation representing approximately 28 million nurses worldwide across more than 130 national nursing associations. The Qatar Nurses Association encourages all nurses and midwives living and working in Qatar to participate and help promote the profile of nursing in Qatar.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Arab League Welcomes UNGA Resolution in Support of Palestine’s Full Membership in UN

The League of Arab States welcomed the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with an overwhelming majority, recommending the UN Security Council to reconsider Palestine’s full UN membership favorably and stipulating that Palestinians are fully eligible for full membership in the UN Organization.

In a statement on Saturday, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit, stated that the overwhelming vote for this resolution unequivocally underscores the global desire and trend of the global public opinion in support of this resolution, affirming that the UNGA’s voice was vibrant and straightforward, making it harder for all parties to turn a deaf ear or become oblivious to the connotation of this resolution.

Aboul Gheit emphasized that countries that are convinced of the two-state solution should accelerate their steps towards converting this vision into reality, highlighting that the recognition of the Palestinian statehood to regain full membership in the UN rep
resents a critical step on this track, because it places Palestine in the position that it deserves and reflects its eligibility for gaining an independent statehood.

It sends a correct message to the Palestinians at a time of full tragedy they are being exposed to, who feel that the world has become unable to halt the massacres being committed against them, he added, pointing out that the arrogant position of Israeli representatives on this overwhelming vote expressed by the UNGA reveals the truth about the occupier’s stance with regard to the international rules-based order, along with the occupier’s perspective on the UN Organization and its relevant norms and rules.

He stressed the importance of ramping up incessant diplomatic pressures so as to embarrass the parties that provide political cover for Israel in the UN Organization, particularly the UN Security Council.

Source: Qatar News Agency