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Prince Sultan Cardiac Center



Ministry of Defense& Aviation
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


blues square  bullet GENERAL INFORMATION

The cardiac services of the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital began in 1979. Since then it's been an uninterrupted growth. In July 1992, these cardiac services were given a separate identity by creating the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center as an independently functioning institution of the medical Services Department of the Saudi Ministry of Defense.

Today, the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center provides a major portion of the cardiac services for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through a full range of diagnostic and management facilities for patients ranging in age from the neonate to the elderly. The institution has an excellent reputation, both in the Middle East and West for the quality of patient care provided, and for the research papers published in most reputable journals. In 1986 the cardiac transplant program started.

The staff of the PSCC come from many parts of the world.
Employment contracts are for two years and often renewable.
The standard work week is 44 hours. The number of hours in a shift vary somewhat from department to department but generally do not exceed 8 hours a day and 4 hours Thursday. The standard work week is Saturday through Wednesday.


blues square  bullet LOCATION AND SIZE

The PSCC considered one of the most advanced cardiac centers in the Middle East. It is located in the heart of Riyadh. At a walking distance from several shopping areas and fancy restaurants. Approximately 20 kilometers from the city center and easily accessible to the general population as well as to accident victims. PSCC sharing grounds and facilities with a 655 bed acute care teaching hospital, The Military hospital in Riyadh.

The services of the Center are at a high level of professional standards. PSCC administration requires that the quality of services rendered and the general operating standards of the center to meet the United States Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standards.

In addition to providing excellent care for patients, the PSCC trains appropriately educated Saudi nationals for administrative, professional and technical positions. There are continuing education programs and specific training programs for Saudi Nationals in the Technologies associated with cardiology, with a unique "off campus" program for Associate Science Degree studies from Loma Linda University for Respiratory Therapists graduates. A new in service program to train perfusionists is currently under establishing.


blues square  bullet MEDICAL SERVICES

A four story 156 bed, purpose-built Cardiac Center, building for adult paediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery has just been completed. Currently, the PSCC providing services through utilizing around 65 beds in the existing 600 bed Armed Forces Hospital Services including ICU AND CCU for cardiac patients.

The PSCC has four clinical departments: Adult Cardiology, Paediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Anaesthesia.
The Nursing Service has its own management structure under the Director of Nursing.
On the other hand, Cardiac Technicians, Respiratory Therapists, Anaesthetic Technicians, Perfusion Technicians and Catheter Laboratory Radiographers function under their own Superintendent in charge.

Annual workload figures reflect the level of activity for the center: Currently there are around 1,1000 cardiac surgical

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procedures, 1,800 adult & 859 paediatric cardiac catheter procedures and a total of over 10,000 echocardiography examinations.



The Department of Recreational Services offers recreation and leisure opportunities to a wide range of interests and age groups.

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Facilities for recreation are spread across a large area, ranging from the "flagship" multipurpose recreation center at the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital to further multipurpose sport leisure facilities attached to some of the accommodation sites.

There is something for everyone, and the Department provides access for beginners and the more advanced alike.

In addition to "in-house" events, the department arranges for other activities taking place in and around Riyadh. Riyadh itself is an interesting, bustling city. There are shopping centers and malls offering a good selection of goods at very affordable prices. Hotels in Riyadh offer excellence in both services and in their first-class restaurants, most of which hold outdoor barbecues or brunch on Fridays.


blues square  bullet TRANSPORTATION

Shuttle buses operate regularly at intervals between housing projects and the Center
There are several shopping buses to malls and supermarkets each day.
School children are transported to and from school each day.
Limousine service is available to places that can not be reached otherwise. This service is at a very low cost per kilometer and has cars/mini buses available for individual employees.


blues square  bullet HOUSING

Some photos of typical housing
Housing is provided for internationally contracted employees and their authorized dependents, according to employee's status, grade level and number of children.

The categories are:

  • Senior Level Housing
    Married Housing
    Single Housing
    Shared Housing

  • Services: Water, electricity, gas and local telephone services are provided at no charge. Long distance and international calls (which are done through the operator) are charged.

  • Furnishings: On arrival at your accommodation you will find a Housing Inventory Form to be completed and returned to Housing Department. In addition, you will find a food package and set of cutlery and plates for your own use.

  • Pets: Pets are not allowed except for fish, small birds in cages or one cat per housing unit. Residents who have pets will be held responsible for any and all damages which may occur to housing unit.

  • Female accommodation:
    4-5 minutes from hospital
    New, very spacious and clean
    3 sharing
    Own bedroom
    Swimming pool
    Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities (2.5 bathrooms)
    Fully furnished apart from television/video/music center but these can be purchased at a very good price.
    Bed linen provided

  • Male accommodation:
    Approximately 10 minutes walk from hospital
    2-3 sharing
    No recreational facilities
    Reasonable standard
    Fully furnished apart from television/video/music center but these can be purchased at a very good price

  • Married accommodation:
    Usually Building 12 which is in Olaya Road (best shopping street in Riyadh) 5-10 minutes drive from hospital
    Bed linen provided
    Fully furnished apart from television/video/music center but these can be purchased at a very good price



  • Contract, one year and often renewable.
  • Accompanied or unaccompanied depending on position's grade. All nursing positions are unaccompanied status.
  • Air transport, economy class, from point-of-hire to Riyadh for initial mobilization and air transport from Riyadh to point-of-hire at end of contract.
  • End of contract entitlements consisting of one month salary for each year worked.
  • Ticketing/Travel Allowance, a return ticket to point-of-hire- after each 6 months worked. However, after the initial 6 months, the travel allowance can be used up to 3 months in advance. (This travel allowance can be used to travel around the world).
  • Vacation, 4 weeks after each 26 weeks worked. (A total of 7 weeks paid vacation per year).
  • Housing, including utilities, appliances, linens, etc, provided.
  • Uniforms provided.
  • Transportation, from hospital to housing and back and daily shopping trips provided.
  • Medical care and emergency dental care normally provided at the hospital.
  • Access to subsidized meals in Hospital project cafeterias.
  • Emergency Leave, available.
  • Salary paid in local currency by end of each Gregorian month.
  • This income is take home pay since there are no taxes in Saudi Arabia.

For Canadian tax you need to establish a "Non-Resident Status". To qualify, generally, you should be leaving with the intention of being away for 2 years during which you need to sever primary ties with Canada. Please, contact Revenue Canada for further tax information. There is a form (Determination of Residency Status (Leaving Canada)) you may want to complete to know your residency status for Canadian tax purposes before you leave to Saudi Arabia. Call 1-800-267-5177.

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