On Sunday, October 20th at 3:00 pm, the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley is proud to host Dr. Masad Barhoum, Director General of Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel. Dr. Barhoum will talk about the amazing work of Western Galilee Hospital serving an ethnically diverse region of Israel.
Recently, the work of the hospital was featured in The New York Times for providing treatment to wounded Syrians in an article titled, Across Forbidden Border, Doctors in Israel Quietly Tend to Syria’s Wounded. This story has also been featured in special reports by the BBC and NBC News.
The Western Galilee Hospital (WGH) is the largest hospital in the Galilee and the fifth largest governmental hospital in Israel. It is the only hospital serving a diverse population of nearly 600,000 residents (Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bedouins and Druze).
Dr. Barhoum was appointed as Director General of the hospital in 2007 making him the first Arab director of a government hospital since the establishment of Israel.
Due to its geographic location - 6 miles from the Lebanese border – the hospital has frequently served as a front-line hospital, treating both soldiers and civilians. It was the first hospital in Israel to prepare an underground hospital compound that protects patients from conventional warfare and, in certain sections, from chemical attack as well. This underground hospital was used during the 33 days of the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.
During the Second Lebanon War, the Western Galilee Hospital treated the largest number of causalities in Israel including both soldiers and civilians. The Western Galilee Hospital also meets the daily needs of IDF soldiers who serve in bases situated along the northern border, both in peace time and during states of emergency.