RIYADH: The development of tourism is a crucial economic driver for achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and the Kingdom aims for the sector to account for 10% of its gross domestic product by 2030.
The country has ambitions to develop world-class tourist destinations and attract visitors as part of diversification plans to reduce its dependence on oil revenues.
The project is gradually emerging as one of the largest regenerative tourism projects in the world, in line with the objectives set out in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
In addition to providing sustainable tourism offerings, The Red Sea Development Co. is committed to providing top-notch healthcare facilities for its residents and staff.
“Our main objective is to ensure the availability of quality health care for all Red Sea Project staff, residents and visitors. Care will be patient-centered and aligned with international best practice,” said Julie Parisien, Senior Director of Portfolio Strategy at TRSDC, in an exclusive interview with Arab News.
An oasis of health
Although it is a regenerative tourism project, TRSP will not be a comprehensive health tourism destination; instead, it will focus specifically on primary and secondary care for staff, residents and visitors, Parisien explained.
She further said that the hospital in the coastal village of TRSP would provide primary and secondary care, including outpatient and inpatient diagnosis and treatment.
She added: “We aim to provide quality patient-centred care to the people of TRSP, meeting international standards and continuously raising the bar in delivery.”
As part of this healthcare strategy, TRSDC partnered with International Consulting Management and Engineering and designed the healthcare delivery model for this project.
Our main objective is to ensure the availability of quality health care for all Red Sea Project staff, residents and visitors. Care will be patient-centered and aligned with international best practice.
Julie ParisienneSenior Director of Portfolio Strategy at TRSDC
ICME, as strategic health care advisor to TRSDC, was also responsible for the future medical concept formulation and health technology planning for Coastal Village Hospital and International Airport Clinic.
“As part of the contract with TRSDC, we carried out a validation exercise of the healthcare strategy and ensured its applicability to local healthcare demand,” said Cyril Toma, Managing Partner of the Middle East and North Africa at ICME Healthcare, Arab News.
Make the difference
Toma added that ICME’s job is to validate TRSP’s healthcare strategy and ensure its applicability to local requirements.
“The main intention was to ensure that we provide patient-centred healthcare with international best practice and that there are mechanisms in place for patients with more complex cases to be transferred to tertiary care services. involved in an emergency,” Toma said.
He added that TRSP health facilities will provide specialist services such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment for diver-related accidents.
Additionally, the hospital will be a smart facility that seamlessly integrates current and future requirements without compromising sustainability.
According to the real estate monolith, the coastal hospital is expected to provide exceptional medical care to 14,000 employees and visitors, while providing education and employment opportunities for local Saudi nationals.
The company has awarded the contract to operate this hospital to Steward alf Global Healthcare Co., a joint venture between Alf Healthcare and international healthcare provider Steward Health Care International.
“Our employees are our priority and we care about the health and well-being of every employee. Steward alf Global Healthcare Co. combines the local experience of Alfanar with the international best practices of Steward Health Care International, ensuring that the best medical care is provided,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
As part of the agreement, the healthcare company will also develop site-wide emergency response arrangements to keep workers and visitors safe.
TRSDC also offers a corporate wellness program named “Hayah”, the Arabic word for life. The wellness program aligns with Saudi Vision 2030 health targets and goals and the quality of life program.
In addition, TRSDC’s Employee Assistance Program provides all employees and family members over the age of 16 with confidential and free access to professional psychologists, counsellors, nutritionists and life coaches and health care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Employee Assistance Program also offers all employees access to Calm, an award-winning app for mindfulness, sleep and meditation.
Affirming its commitment to community service, TRSDC participated in a blood donation campaign on June 14 as part of World Blood Donor Day 2022.
A total of 126 participants volunteered and participated in the campaign, and this helped Al Wajh and Umluj General Hospital to have enough blood for the next two and a half months.