Hopkins forms health care company in Saudi Arabia

January 28, 2014|By Andrea K. Walker

 Johns Hopkins Medicine is joining with a company in Saudi Arabia to form a health care company.

The Baltimore medical institution said it and Saudi Aramco, an energy and chemical company with a health care arm, will open the Johns Hopkins Saudi Aramco Healthcare Company Feb. 1.

Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine each have an indirect ownership interest in the Saudi-registered company. Saudi Aramco health care division serves about 350,000 people.

“This partnership will result in a comprehensive transformation to further enhance our health care standards, and marks the beginning of a new level of care with new lines of treatment, new and enhanced specialties and subspecialties,"  Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal, senior vice president of industrial relations at Saudi Aramco, said in a statement. "It will also enable new forays into research and medical education as well as create opportunities for education and training of medical staff.”

Hopkins has also collaborated with the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Saudia Arabia since 1983.

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