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Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare – our history

For many years, Johns Hopkins Medicine – a globally respected academic health body – and Saudi Aramco – one of the world’s largest energy companies – have led the way in our respective fields. So when, in 2013, we joined forces to create a brand-new health service for Saudi Aramco employees and their dependents – expanding on the capabilities of the company’s long-established medical facilities – we knew an exciting future was in store.   

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has now established an enviable reputation as a world-class healthcare provider, with leading technologies and treatments that enhance the lives of families across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As well as offering a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services at our various clinics, we are dedicated to overcoming the health challenges faced by the communities we serve, organizing regular outreach events to encourage more beneficial lifestyle choices.

We now look forward to the next stage of our journey. Inspired by our combined commitment to grow and learn, we are confident that JHAH will continue to deliver outstanding healthcare for many generations to come.

Box Out: Mission

Mission

We enhance the health and wellbeing of the people we care for in an environment of quality, growth and learning.

Box Out: Vision

Vision

We strive to be a healthcare system that is a regional leader in patient and family experience, clinical outcomes and the advancement of health professions.

Box Out: Strategic intent

Strategic intent

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare will evolve into a health system of excellence that provides enhanced specialty and subspecialty services, new lines of treatment and research.

Timeline

Back in 1936, a single doctor was employed to provide medical support for early drilling operations in Dhahran. Fast forward 77 years to 2013, and Johns Hopkins Medicine joined forces with Saudi Aramco at the same site, providing a world-class healthcare system to the local community. And we have continued innovating since then…

1936

T.C. Alexander, M.D. is employed by the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) to provide medical support for early drilling operations in Dhahran. 

1944

CASOC changes its name to Aramco (the Arabian-American Oil Company).

1945

Aramco opens a major refinery at Ras Tanura, along with a clinic to cater for employees’ medical needs.

1948

Aramco operates a hospital, clinics and a pharmacy across its drilling sites in the eastern province.

1948

Aramco partners with the Saudi government to establish a malaria-control program.

1956

Aramco opens the new 263-bed Dhahran Health Center, along with smaller, 32-bed hospitals in Abqaiq and Ras Tanura. They are the first facilities in the Kingdom to be recognized by the U.S.-based Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

1964

Aramco’s medical department hires its first female Saudi, as a health educator.

1980s

The newly named ‘Saudi Aramco’ places the first Saudi students in top U.S. medical schools, including Harvard, Tulane and the University of Alabama.

Saudi Aramco’s medical laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for the first time.

2014

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) is launched. It is the only health system outside of the U.S. to feature the Johns Hopkins name.

JHAH conducts its first Patient Satisfaction Survey. The new, monthly initiative provides a way to understand and deliver the best care.

December

JHAH’s urology department launches a robotic surgery program – the first facility in the Kingdom to use the latest da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system.

January

JHAH opens a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) facility in Al-Hasa.

May

Two advanced robotic medication dispensing systems are installed in the pharmacy at JHAH Dhahran – the first to be introduced in the Gulf region.

A new, revamped EMS facility opens at JHAH ‘Udhailiyah, housing twice as many beds as previously.

October

JHAH launches its Residency Training Program.

‘Suite Six’ opens at the Dhahran Primary Care Clinic. Built on a swing design, it enhances both visitor comfort and operational efficiency.

The first bone marrow transplant is performed at JHAH. JHAH offers cornea surgery for the first time.

May

JHAH launches its Tawazon Diabetic Prevention Program at the Abqaiq Health Center – the first of its kind in the Kingdom.

July

JHAH officially opens the Al-Hasa Health Center.

August

The first 13 nurses graduate from JHAH’s new Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

October

JHAH welcomes the first 14 participants to its four-year Family Medicine Residency Program.

January

JHAH launches the electronic health record system, Epic, including its online patient portal, MyChart.

April

JHAH launches its Cardiac Surgery Program, introduces a Nurse Care Line service, and opens a new, state-of-the-art hemodialysis treatment area at Dhahran.

JHAH Board of Managers

The Board of Managers is responsible for oversight and guidance of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, its long-term strategic direction and the sustainable achievement of the joint venture’s objectives.

The Board of Managers’ membership strongly reflects the two renowned parent organizations: Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to the presence of Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior corporate executives and medical leaders, the Board includes experienced business people.

Muhammad M. Al-Saggaf

Muhammad M. Al-Saggaf

Senior VP, Operations and Business Services
Saudi Aramco

Paul Rothman, M.D.

Paul Rothman, M.D.

Dean of Medical Faculty & Chief Executive Officer
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Motassim A. Al-Ma'ashouq

Motassim A. Al-Ma'ashouq

VP, Corporate Planning
Saudi Aramco

Ronald Peterson

Ronald Peterson

President of JHH & JHHS & Exec. VP
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Yasser M. Mufti

Yasser M. Mufti

VP Strategy & Market Analysis
Saudi Aramco

Nabeel A. Al-Jama’

Nabeel A. Al-Jama’

VP, Corporate Affairs
Saudi Aramco

Christopher Kersey, M.D.

Christopher Kersey, M.D.

Chairman of the Board
Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Suleman A. Al-Bargan

Suleman A. Al-Bargan

VP, Domestic Refining & NGL Fractionation
Saudi Aramco

Mohan Chellappa, M.D.

Mohan Chellappa, M.D.

President, Global Ventures
Johns Hopkins Medicine International

JHAH Leadership Team

Dr. Daniele Rigamonti

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Linda A Lee

Chief of Staff, Medical

Carmel Smyth

(Acting) Chief Nursing Officer

Walid A Al-Zakri

Chief Financial Officer

Mahmoud Zaiyat

Chief Information Officer

Ghaith R Fayez

Chief Auditor

Ryan Mannion

General Counsel

Moutaz Mashhour

Chief Human Resources Officer

Abdulmohsen A Al-Mukhaild

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Saeed Yami

(Acting) Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

(Acting) Chief Population Health Officer

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