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St. John Health System Brighton Hospital Signs Letter of Intent to Assist Saudi Arabia in Developing New Addiction Treatment Hospital in Riyadh
Date:1/28/2010

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According to Denise Bertin-Epp, President and Chief Nursing Officer of Brighton Hospital, another deciding factor for Al-Turaiki was Brighton Hospital's proprietary electronic behavioral health record technology, developed with New Jersey-based Medical Communication Systems. Brighton developed this specialty software four years ago to increase efficiencies for the medical and nursing staff which would ultimately provide greater benefits to patients with addiction, psychiatric, or dual diagnoses in their immediate and ongoing recovery.

Design and construction on the tentatively named Saudi Care Brighton Hospital is expected to begin later this year after Brighton Hospital officials review and provide guidance to the architecture and design plans.  The investment for this new facility is an estimated $60 million US and will feature 230 general inpatient beds, 20 intensive care beds and an emergency department.  Future developments in Saudi Arabia may include regionally distributed, addiction and mental health and medical clinics following the completion of the central facility outside of Riyadh.

Bertin-Epp told Crain's that signing the letter of intent is just the first step in the due diligence process. "We will visit Saudi Arabia in a few months to make sure it is mutually beneficial.  However, at this point we are quite encouraged with this collaboration. This will provide an opportunity to extend our expertise to countries in that region of the world that need addiction care." 

Al-Turaiki told Crain's that over the past decade, the numbers of Saudis and Muslims in the Gulf
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