January 4, 2017, Amin H. Nasser, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, convened an open dialogue session between Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, author, politician, and philanthropist, and Saudi Aramco most senior leaders. During this gathering attendees shared insights on Saudi Aramco’s diverse operations and expanding innovation capabilities. Bloomberg spoke about the criticality of sharing the organization’s strong track record of environmental stewardship and reflected on his deep relationship with Saudi Aramco’s joint venture partner Johns Hopkins.

Bloomberg, the second father of Johns Hopkins

The former New York mayor graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964, with bachelor's degree, majoring in engineering. In the decades since his graduation, starting with $5 in 1965, Bloomberg has donated over $1.1 billion to Johns Hopkins. The benefit and influence of this generosity is felt throughout the many Johns Hopkins entities and campuses, two of the most high profile projects are the Charlotte R. Bloomberg children’s hospital, named for Bloomberg’s late mother, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The School of Public health was renamed in 2001 in honor of Bloomberg for his support. His close relationship with the school is credited as a driving force behind his successful tackling of public health issues such as drug addiction, obesity, adolescent health and environmental threats during his tenure as mayor of New York.

Speaking at the event, Daniele Rigamonti, MD, CEO of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), shared that Bloomberg is often described as the second father of Johns Hopkins, alongside its namesake and founder, Mr. Johns Hopkins, whose endowment in 1867 established Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Invited to speak about the medical joint venture, Rigamonti, described it as a privilege, to share with Bloomberg the progress to date of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH). The entity is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. Rigamonti shared an overview of the clinical developments, the educational advances and critical elements of delivering care, such as expanding capacity and efficiency to meet access-to-care targets. He reported to a receptive audience that as of December, 2016, JHAH had achieved its access-to-care KPIs and would continue to strive for further elevation of performance in this domain.