The National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA) is a large health organization providing modern medical care to National Guard employees and their dependents, as well as to Saudi Arabian nationals. Under the umbrella of NGHA, there are four hospitals and sixty primary and secondary health centers around the Kingdom having 2000 in-patient beds in total. NGHA serves more than 2.5 million outpatients and around 60,000 in-patients annually and is accredited by the Joint Commission International and is recognized worldwide for the surgical separation of conjoined-twins. The health care facilities of the NGHA are a community of diverse disciplines, professional fields, and areas of expertise engaged with the study of information and its use by people and organizations. In an attempt to develop as an academic institution, all NGHA facilities were joined together under the umbrella of King Abdulaziz Medical City Academy in early 2004. Subsequently, under the direction of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the establishment of the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) was established, with the nursing college first and the medical college to soon follow.