HealthSouth Employees in Saudi Arabia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Citing security concerns, HealthSouth has moved six American employees out of Saudi Arabia, where the company manages a rehabilitation hospital near the capital of Riyadh.

HealthSouth spokesman Andy Brimmer said Tuesday a State Department advisory urging U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia to leave led to the company's decision.

The country has seen a number of attacks on foreigners over the past year, including the kidnapping and decapitation of American engineer Paul Johnson last week.

Brimmer said the employees, who were withdrawn in the past two days, worked in support functions at the 450-bed facility. He said their withdrawal should not affect patient care.

HealthSouth manages the hospital under a five-year contract.

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