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Growing to Serve You Better - Al-Hasa Health Center

Mostly growth is a slow, steady process for both children and organizations. Sometimes, however, it comes in spurts. Al-Hasa Health Center (AHHC) is currently experiencing such a growth spurt. Within a short period of time, an impressive list of new services are and will be offered and clinics opened.

In late 2018, AHHC began offering an endoscopy service in the Al-Hasa Procedural Area that has six beds.  Gone are the days when someone registered for care at AHHC had to travel to Dhahran to have this outpatient service that requires someone to escort you home. Also late last year, AHHC opened a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic where patients with serious cardiac problems can receive care from a specialized nurse and instructions from a nurse, nutritionist and pharmacist on what patients and their families can do at home to reduce the risk of further heart problems.

Eye Surgery at Al-Hasa Health Center

In the second week of January 2019, the AHHC operating room began with several orthopedic and ophthalmologic surgeries. “We are very excited about offering surgeries here in Al-Hasa,” said Nedal Othman, Manager, Peri-operative Department. “They include orthopedic, ophthalmology, general and laparoscopic surgery, and ENT.”

Ultraviolet therapy at Al-Hasa Health CenterAdditionally, AHHC is now offering ultraviolet therapy and excimer laser treatments for patients suffering from moderate to severe skin conditions that have not responded well to conventional treatment. “Our patients receive a 10-15 minute treatment sometimes as often as three times per week,” said Nida Cerio, Outpatient Clinic, Nurse Manager. “Now, they don’t have to make a three hour round trip to Dhahran for their treatments. This will make their lives much easier.”

Coming soon will be a hemodialysis service that will be able to handle eight patients at a time and be open six days each week. Depending on severity, hemodialysis can take up to four hours each session and require three sessions each week. “The convenience of providing this service in Al-Hasa will make life much easier for these patients and their families,” said Ali Zein, AHHC Senior Director of Nursing.

An ICU and an HCU step-down unit will soon be opened with 6 ICU rooms, two of which are isolation rooms, and 10 HCU rooms. “All of our rooms are very comfortable and equipped with the latest technologies and our staff are fully qualified and trained to ensure that our patients receive world-class care here in Al-Hasa,” said Suleiman Suleiman, ICU Charge Nurse.

The AHHC bariatric program takes a comprehensive approach to weight management that includes pre-op weight management evaluation and education and one year of follow-up.  “Our program is designed to help patients lose the weight they need and to maintain their goal weight in a healthy manner,” said Hamda Al-Zuhair, Senior Clinical Dietician.

Weight management at Al-Hasa Health Center

Nutrition Is now using a sophisticated medical body composition analyzer that not only calculates BMI but also measures the type of fat and where it is located, muscle mass and where it is located, total body water, which is particularly helpful in treating cardiac and renal patients. AHHC patients admitted to the hospital now work with a clinical dietician to make their own food choices so they eat the foods they prefer while adhering to their prescribed diet plan.

A new Dental Service will be opened early in the year. The new service will have eight dental treatment rooms where both adult and pediatric patients will receive both general and some specialized care.  

 “We are enthusiastic about the new services we can provide our patients,” said Dr. Khalid Al-Mulla, AHHC General Manager. “Everyone at AHHC is working hard to provide as many world-class services as possible to make the lives of our patients and their families easier while providing them with the highest quality of care possible.”  

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