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Hadassah Medical Organization Board Names Its First Woman Chairman

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NEW YORK – The board of directors of Hadassah Medical Organization, the pioneering health care provider for the State of Israel, today named Esther Dominissini its chairman. Dominissini, Director General at the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem, is the first woman to lead the HMO board.

“I have been fortunate to work for many years with the Israeli government, gaining valuable experiences and a deep familiarity with the government, particularly the Ministry of Health,” said Dominissini, who lives in Kiryat Ono, near Tel Aviv. “It is an honor to be selected by my peers to the leadership of the HMO board, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members, with HMO management, including our new Director General, Prof. Ehud Kokia, and with the thousands of women at Hadassah, as together we take Hadassah into its second century.”

Dominissini joined the HMO board in March 2010. Professionally, she has been Director General at the National Insurance Institute since 2008. In that role, she manages the 4,000-employee institute whose work in social policy falls under the purview of the minister of welfare and social services.

“Esti’s leadership in National Insurance brings Hadassah a wealth of knowledge about the public sector,” said Joyce Rabin, who serves as Hadassah Medical Organization Chair on the board of directors of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. “She is a highly respected member of the board who asks critical questions and offers concrete alternatives as the board deliberates on matters of vital importance to HMO.”

Previous to her current role at the National Insurance Institute, Dominissini was Director General of the Israel National Employment Service, part of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Her primary responsibility was helping unemployed individuals find work via overseeing a nationwide network of 71 local employment bureaus staffed by 800 people.

Before spending six years as director of the Academic College of Law in Ramat Gan, Dominissini served as a major general in the Israel Police, leading the department of community and civil guard. She was promoted to that role after heading the human resources division.

Dominissini holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Tel Aviv University, where she also took graduate courses in criminology and criminal law, as well as a bachelor’s in sociology from Hebrew University.

Dominissini succeeds Yossi Rosen, who became chairman of the HMO board in April 2010. He continues as an elected member of the board.

“We are grateful for Yossi’s leadership and that he will continue as a director,” said Hadassah National President Marcie Natan. “We eagerly welcome Esti and appreciate how Yossi and Esti are already working together to ensure a smooth transition.

“As we approach the opening of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and Hadassah’s centennial celebration in 2012, we look forward to her valuable contributions as our hospitals continue to provide world-class research and outstanding medical care to over one million patients every year.”

Esther Dominissini, new chairman of Hadassah Medical Organization board of directors

Date: 11/11/2011 12:00:00 AM

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