Saudi Arabian delegation visits Intermountain to collaborate on improving healthcare

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Sue Robel (fourth from right) and Princess Reema (third from right) with other members of the Saudi and Intermountain delegation

Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States and Saudi royal family member Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud was in Utah last week to cultivate business and economic partnership between the state and her country. She and her delegation visited representatives from several Utah-based organizations, including Intermountain Healthcare.

Sue Robel, RN, Canyons Region president and system chief nursing executive, along with Dan Liljenquist, chief strategy officer, Jason Gillman, Precision Health operations director, and others from Intermountain welcomed the Saudi delegation. Their discussion included Intermountain Precision Genomics’ HerediGene: Population Study, Intermountain’s work with Civica Rx, and Intermountain’s response to COVID-19.

Princess Reema and members of her delegation say they’re very interested in improving healthcare in Saudi Arabia and were excited to learn from Intermountain’s innovative efforts. The Saudi team asked many questions and highlighted similarities between their healthcare approach and Intermountain’s. They were most interested in learning more about Civica and Intermountain’s telehealth program and virtual hospital service. The delegation also invited Sue to join a healthcare conference they’re hosting later this year and say they hope to stay in touch on an ongoing basis.

“Meeting with Princess Reema and her delegation was delightful and insightful,” Sue says. “We’re excited about our relationship and we look forward to continuing conversation and leading innovation that helps our communities—both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia—receive high-quality care and medicine.”

Read more about the princess’ visit to Utah in the Deseret News.

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