The Nazareth Hospital EMMS hosted the Deputy Minister of Health, MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, on Thursday, 6 June 2019, for an official meeting. The Deputy Minister was welcomed by the Director of the hospital, Prof. Fahed Hakim, the deputy CEO of the hospital’s parent organisation The Nazareth Trust, Mr. Waseem Dibbini and members of the executive management team.
The visit began with a tour in some of the hospital’s departments, which have been awarded certificates of merit by the Ministry for their quality of service and excellence. The Deputy Minister received updates on departments and services the Ministry of Health supported last year. Further discussions took place regarding the hospital’s future development plans, which have been submitted by the hospital management to the Ministry of Health, aiming to improve the quality and availability of medical services in Nazareth and its surrounding communities.
At the end of the meeting, the hospital’s management thanked Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman for the partnership and continuous support of the Hospital. The Deputy minister in turn thanked the hospital’s management and staff for their contribution and service to the community and the region and expressed his commitment to the advancement of the hospital to enable it to continue its achievements in all fields. Following on from the visit, the Deputy Minister granted a license to operate a second CT scanner, necessary to operate the hospital’s Stroke Department as an emergency service. It is expected to become fully operational by the beginning of 2020.
Currently the Stroke Department is open and running, primarily as an out-patient service. The necessary building work is underway to extend our existing building to ensure we have enough space for the Department. We will also be renovating two patient rooms within our Internal Medicine Department, renovation on the first will start very soon and the second early next year.
A huge thank you to all those who have supported the creation of Nazareth’s first Stroke Department and helped us take this step closer to providing the life-saving care the people of Nazareth deserve.