HRH Prince Saud ibn Naif Al Saud, the Governor of the Eastern Province, presided over the opening ceremony of the University of Dammam’s King Fahd University Hospital’s extensive new expansion in Al Khobar on Tuesday July 7, 2015 CE/Ramadan 9, 1436 AH. Numerous professionals from the region along with doctors and government officials attended this landmark event. This 100 million SR expansion consists of a 10,000 square meter, six-story building, as well as a new mobile blood bank. HRH, Prince Saud ibn Naif also took a tour of the new building, viewed a documentary on the hospital and examined the state-of-the-art medical equipment that is a part of the specialized medical care for patients that King Fahd Hospital is known for. He also visited with patients, wishing them a speedy recovery.
UoD’s President and the General Supervisor of King Fahd University Hospital, Dr. Abdullah M. Al Rubaish greeted HRH Prince Saud ibn Naif Al Saud and the other attendees in his opening remarks, acknowledging Prince Saud ibn Naif’s continued support and commitment to the Hospital and its staff.
Dr. Al Rubaish stated that, “This expansion of King Fahd University Hospital was not only completed but was up and running in less than 24 months, from April 2013 to May 2015. This six-story building has a 100 bed capacity with 20 beds dedicated for the ICU, another 20 for the Neonatal ICU, as well as 10 beds for the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit and the remaining 50 beds are dedicated to the general treatment and care of patients. This building also includes five endoscopy operating rooms. During the design phase of this structure the possibility of connecting this building with the existing structure has been considered in addition to upgrading the older structure in order facilitate movement.”
Dr. Al Rubaish added that, “King Fahd University Hospital in addition to being a much sought after specialized medical facility for the Eastern Province that provides complete medical care in a variety of specialties, is also a vital educational institution and training center for students, interns and graduate students of the Health Colleges at UoD. Accomplished doctors, nurses and consultants are the heart of this renowned research center that has 40 different specialized sections and medical units. A testament to the Hospital’s impact lies in the number of patients who have been diagnosed and treated at the Hospital: as of 2014, 373,404 patients have been treated at this facility.”