King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) is a modern state-of-the-art 894 bed (inclusive of 170 day beds) Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited academic medical facility located in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. KFSH&RC is the national referral center for Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurosciences and Genetic Diseases. A full range of tertiary, secondary and primary health care services are provided. The hospital's postgraduate education programs support both Residency and Fellowship training. The Research Centre focuses on basic and translational research primarily in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, transplant immunology, genetics, molecular diagnostics and proteomics.

In the Middle East, the KFSHRC has been a pioneer in kidney and bone marrow transplantation, oncology, IVF, and orthopedic and cardiovascular surgery. The hospital performs over 2,000 open-hearts and 6,500 cardiac catheterizations per year. It offers chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow transplant, treating over 2,800 new adult patients per year. Pediatric oncology/hematology patients are treated at a 40 bed, state-of-the-art facility, the King Fahad National Centre for Children's Cancer and Research that opened in 1997. Seventy to 80 pediatric stem cell transplants are performed per year.

Housing for women and single men is on the hospital site. It is located within walking distance of a large modern supermarket, two pharmacies, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Body Shop, Benetton, and other shopping opportunities.

Housing for families is located either on the hospital campus, or up to 20 minutes drive away.

The KFSHRC has a number of recreational facilities open to staff, including swimming pools, tennis courts, a bowling alley and amenities centre. In addition, the Employee Social Club & Recreation Services offer a number of recreational courses, exercise programs and trips and a variety of other benefits to the employees.

New Developments

Construction is well underway on the new the King Abdullah Centre for Cancer and Liver Diseases (KACCLD).

The KACCLD consists of 23 floors (21 floors and 2 basement levels). The Tower includes:

  • Kitchen/Dining, Logistics, Housekeeping, Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology on the basement floors
  • Reception, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Apheresis, and a Discharge Lounge on Level 1
  • Surgery, Endoscopy Suite, PACU, Pre- and Post- at Level 2
  • Infusion Center at Level 3
  • Mechanical floor at Levels 4, 12 and 12M
  • Radiology at Level 5
  • Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, various Clinics at level 7
  • ICU and Nursing Units at Levels 9 to 11
  • Nursing Units at Levels 13 to 19
  • BMT and Hematology Wards at Level 18 & 19

The project includes a connecting bridge between the new KACCLD Tower and the existing North Tower at Levels 2 and 3. The adjacent 19,210 meters squared underground parking garage will accommodate 450 cars. There is also an underground medical services building (ANNEX) of 9,276 meters squared.

The expected completion date of KACCLD is October 2014 as a soft opening, and fully operational in 2015.


In April 2014, the hospital earned Magnet status through the American ANCC.

Some statistics retrieved from the KFHSRC website on August 13, 2012:

Medical Staff: Including Saudi Residents and Fellows, there are 703 medical staff, of whom 46% are expatriates (including 16% US/Canadian and 11% European) and 54% are Saudis.

Nursing Staff: Total of 1,942, of which 29% are from the USA/Canada (specifically, 18% from Canada and 11% from the USA), and the remainder are from the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, etc.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The capital city, population about 5 million and expanding into the surrounding desert at a rapid pace. Has extravagantly fanciful buildings, malls, and towers.

The social life for Westerners is enriched by events at the foreign embassies in the city. After people acclimatize to the heat, they play sports: golf, tennis, hockey, soccer, sand-board.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, population of almost 27 million, with mountains and the Red Sea on the west coast, the Arabian Gulf on the east coast, and the Empty Quarter in the middle.

Mecca and Medina, the two most holy cities in Islam, are located north of Jeddah. The country's majority religion is Sunni Islam. Common recreational activities pursued by Westerners: desert camping, swimming and diving in the Red Sea, running, tennis, hiking in the mountains. more



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