Hadassah welcomes new director general,
says goodbye to former director general
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan (pictured) sends her warmest wishes for success as Prof. Ehud Kokia (pictured at right, with former director general Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef at left) takes the reins as HMO's new director general. She congratulates Hadassah Medical Organization on a smooth transition. Prof. Kokia is a veteran Israeli physician who formerly headed Maccabi Healthcare Services.
"I know that Prof. Kokia will fill the large footsteps of Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who served as director general for 11 years. The women of Hadassah, who have contributed more than $1 billion to help build the leading medical center in the Middle East, pledge to continue our support for HMO as we embark upon our second 100 years."
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NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL TAKES HELM OF HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION IN ISRAEL
NEW YORK—Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, welcomes Professor Ehud S. Kokia as its Director General.
By assuming the leadership of Hadassah Medical Organization, which includes both Hadassah University Hospital Ein Kerem and Hadassah University Hospital Mount Scopus, Professor Kokia replaces Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who served as Director General for 11 years. The Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors named Kokia to the role in March.
"I undertake this important responsibility with appreciation and awe for the Hadassah Medical Organization's pioneering contributions to the State of Israel and the Israeli medical system," Prof. Kokia said. "I know that as they have for decades, HMO's 6,000 employees will be at my side as we continue the path that was paved by my colleague and friend Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef. And I know they will be joined by the hundreds of thousands of members, friends and supporters of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America, to help us continue to provide superb patient care and produce groundbreaking research.
"I eagerly await the opening of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, our outstanding new in-patient facility, which will enhance the Hadassah Medical Organization's already extraordinary international reputation for excellence and look forward to working with my colleagues to help realize Hadassah's historic mission."
Kokia, 61, has a 37-year career as a physician and health-care executive. Most recently, he was CEO of Maccabi Healthcare Services, a position he held since 2007.
"With a particular interest in quality assurance and patient services, Prof. Kokia recognizes the unique qualities of our hospitals and approaches his new responsibilities with experience, energy and enthusiasm," said Joyce Rabin, HMO Chair, Hadassah Board of Directors. "He joins us at a pivotal time in our history as we approach the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in October 2012 during Hadassah's Centennial Convention in Jerusalem."
Kokia received his medical degree cum laude from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his training as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Sheba Hospital and received a master's in health administration at Ben Gurion University. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, served as Commander of the Air Force Center for Aerial Medicine, and completed the flight surgeon course of the American Navy in Pensacola, Fla. Kokia was a research fellow at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sheba Hospital before moving to Maccabi Healthcare Services, where he has held critical roles over the last 16 years. Before becoming CEO, he served as Medical Director of the large non-profit health care provider which includes 5,300 clinics, 5,000 physicians and a network of hospitals.
Kokia has taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University, and published widely on topics including endocrinology, fertility and health policy.
Kokia and his wife Dr. Ira Kokia, a pediatrician and specialist in community health, have two children.
"I am especially proud to speak on behalf of over 300,000 members and friends in the United States and worldwide as I welcome Prof. Ehud Kokia as our new Director General," said Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. "As we approach Hadassah's centennial celebration in 2012, we look forward to working with him as we walk in the footsteps of our founder, Henrietta Szold, to provide world-class research and outstanding medical care to over one million patients that come through the doors of our hospitals each year."
Hadassah has raised $260 million toward its Tower campaign goal of $363 million. Part of the remaining sum includes a $35 million grant from the government of Israel.
Professor Ehud S. Kokia,
new Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is the largest women's, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the United States, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.
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