Home > HMO Update

HMO Update

November 4, 2014


Dear Hadassah members and supporters,

As we move forward with the Recovery Plan for the Hadassah Medical Organization, anticipated push back from the unions is currently taking place.

For your information and to help answer questions accurately concerning what you or others might see in the media, we have brought back this informational section of our website, www.hadassah.org/HMOupdate. Please visit it regularly so you can get the information you need and read our latest Q&A which is below now.

HMO continues to perform exemplary medical care and remains the beacon of healing, teaching and research that we so deeply respect.

Sincerely,

Marcie Natan
National President

Download the Q&A's - 11/4/2014

 

 

June 24, 2014

 

Dear Friends:

I am delighted to inform you that today in Jerusalem, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and the Government of Israel (GOI) signed the official agreement for the financial recovery of HMO. This is a milestone in our history and a step toward a long term renewal of HMO's financial and operational future.

As you know, this agreement has been the focus of many months of difficult negotiations. It was made possible due to the agreement of all stakeholders, including the Government of Israel, HWZOA, HMO, the unions, doctors and nurses, non-medical staff and suppliers. And, it is thanks to all of you that we have arrived at this day.

Under this agreement, the Government of Israel has pledged its support to HMO, helping ensure that it retains its place as one of Israel's premier centers of care, research and teaching. HWZOA will retain ownership and control of HMO and will continue to provide financial support. HMO will commit to enhanced accountability through a system of checks and balances and the presence of a government-appointed financial overseer.

I would like to thank the HMO Board and Avi Balashnikov, Acting Chair, for their guidance and responsibility during this transition period. Our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Avigdor Kaplan for his tireless efforts over these many months of negotiations with all of the stakeholders, and to our own HWZOA team led by Audrey Shimron, David Spector and Lisa Tross, and assisted by Rick Annis and Sheryl Zeligson. Last, but certainly not least, our appreciation to Prof. Tamar Peretz who will be shouldering the responsibility for beginning to implement the seven year recovery plan.

HMO's mission is more vital today than ever. The fast-growing State of Israel needs medical institutions that can care for the sick and injured, conduct research that pushes the frontiers of human knowledge and teaches the caregivers of the future. By putting HMO on track to return to financial stability, this agreement ensures that this mission will carry forward for years, and we hope generations, to come.

May we go from strength to strength.

Sincerely,


Marcie Natan
National President

In the News* (scroll in the box for more)

Recovery Deal Signed over Hadassah Medical Organization Financial Dispute
The Jerusalem Post
June 24, 2014

Hadassah Medical Center to Vote on Bailout Deal
Arutz Sheva
May 20, 2014

Hadassah Hospital Crisis Nearing a Conclusion?
Arutz Sheva
May 19, 2014

Hadassah Medical Organization gets new life as all sides agree to recovery program
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
May 19, 2014

Hospital crisis nears end as Hadassah, state edge toward $870 million recovery plan
By Ronny Linder-Ganz
Haaretz
Subscription Required
May 11, 2014

Troubled Hadassah Hospital To Get $869 Million In Funding
JTA
May 11, 2014

Hadassah hospital recovery plan calls for cuts, bailout
By Gil Tanenbaum
Jewish Business News
May 11, 2014

Hadassah-Treasury negotiations 'stuck'; Histadrut declaring work dispute
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
April 23, 2014

Court gives Hadassah more time to produce rescue plan
By Ronny Linder-Ganz
Haaretz
April 15, 2014

Court orders Hadassah to find recovery plan
JTA
April 14, 2014

Hadassah Organization Petitions Court To Keep Hospital
Globes
April 13, 2014

Court on Hadassah crisis: Hold talks during holiday if needed
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
April 13, 2014

Government Panel: Take Hospital From Hadassah Women
Subscription Required
By Ronny Linder-Ganz
Haaretz
April 9, 2014

Control of HMO to be Transfered to Independent Board
Subscription Required
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
April 8, 2014

Hadassah, an endangered treasure
Subscription Required
By Yaakov Naparstek
Haaretz
March 18, 2014

Hadassah Crisis Opens Divisions Between the Hospital and Women's Organization
By Ben Sales
The Jewish Telegraph Agency
March 18, 2014

Who Will Heal the Hospitals?
Subscription Required
By Shlomo Maital
The Jerusalem Post
March 5, 2014

Brothers in Illness, at Hadassah
By Micha Shagrir
Haaretz
March 3, 2014

Hadassah: Hospital Debt Fault of Administrators Excessive Spending
By Jonah Silberman
The Jewish Voice
February 26, 2014

Unions Betray Israel's Hadassah Hospital Strike
By Jean Shaoul
World Socialist Web Site
February 26, 2014

Hospital Strike is Over, But Hadassah's Financial Troubles Remain
By Dmitriy Shapiro
JNS.org
February 25, 2014

How did Hadassah get into this mess?
By David Horovitz
The Times of Israel
February 21, 2014

Hadassah: Medical Excellence, Management Malpractice
By Meirav Arlosoroff
Haaretz *Subscription Only
February 21, 2014

February 20: Rolling eyeballs
By Jerusalem Post Readers
The Jerusalem Post
February 20, 2014

Israel's Hadassah Hospital Agrees to Pay Wages and Delay Layoffs
JNS
February 20, 2014

Employees celebrate as Hadassah agrees to pay full salaries
By Yori Yalon
Israel Hayom
February 20, 2014

Hadassah doctors return to work
JTA
February 19, 2014

Hadassah staff return to work after temporary deal reached
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
February 19, 2014

Strike at Hadassah Hospital Ends
By Elad Benari
Arutz Sheva
February 19, 2014

Hadassah nurses, maintenance workers end strike
JNS.org
February 19, 2014

Hadassah Director-General: Now We Have to Convince the Doctors
Arutz Sheva
February 19, 2014

Health Ministry Forbids Hospitals to Hire Hadassah Medical Staff Who Leave
Arutz Sheva
February 18, 2014

Finding America's ills in Israel's health system *subscription only
By Meirav Arlosoroff
Haaretz
February 18, 2014

New HMO board member optimistic that crisis can be brought to an end
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The Jerusalem Post
February 18, 2014

Netanyahu's Inaction on Hadassah 'Disappointing'
By Gil Ronen
Arutz Sheva
February 18, 2014

Barkat: We Won't Let Hadassah be Harmed
Arutz Sheva
February 17, 2014

Hadassah President: The State has 'A Duty' to Bail Out Hospital
Arutz Sheva
By Ari Soffer and Yoni Kempinski
February 17, 2014

End the strike
The Jerusalem Post
February 17, 2014

Mayor Barkat joins Hadassah workers, protesters march throughout Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Post
February 17, 2014

Hadassah hospital to deposit workers' salaries in banks Monday, but still not enough
By Judy Siegal-Itzkovich
Jerusalem Post
February 16, 2014

Negotiations Between HMO And Hospital Unions End With No Result
Jerusalem Post
February 14, 2014

Eldad: Doctors Don't Have A Right To Strike
By David Lev
Arutz Sheva
February 14, 2014

'If Nurses Abandon Hadassah It Will Collapse'
By Meital Yisor Beit-Or
Israel Hayom
February 14, 2014

Debt Reprieve Granted To Hadassah Hospital
Jweekly
February 13, 2014

Israel To Rescue Cash-Strapped Hadassah Still Ailing From Madoff
By David Wainer
Bloomberg
February 13, 2014

Accountability At Hadassah, Not Just A Bailout
Haaretz Editorial
February 13, 2014

Hadassah Crisis Far From Resolution As Wards Remain Empty
By Meital Yasur Beit-Or, Yori Yalon, Hezi Sternlicht and Zeev Klein
Israel Hayom
February 13, 2014

The future of Israel's Medicine is at Stake
By Dr. Meir Mizrahi

Israel Hayom
February 13, 2014

Hadassah Says Administrators Overspent
By Stewart Ain and Michele Chabin
The Jewish Week
February 12, 2014

Hadassah Hospital Lists Ongoing Services Despite Strike
Arutz Sheva
February 12, 2014

Voices

"We have an immense responsibility upon our shoulders to behave responsibly and to bring about the recovery of the Hadassah Medical Center"

—Executive Director or Ministry of Health, Ronni Gamzu

"HMO has been a bridge to peace for decades, helping both victims & their attackers, Arabs, Christians & Jews. HMO has been in the forefront of research on too many health issues to mention. For Israel to not support the continuation of HMO would be a tremendous blow to Israel, the rest of the Mideast & the whole world."

—Debby Rosenberger (Indian Land, SC)

"Hadassah will not fall. Hadassah must not collapse. Hadassah must not be harmed and we won't let Hadassah be harmed. Hadassah along with being a hospital is backed by research and, together with the university, is the promising future for generations of researchers and thousands in a sea of workers."

—Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

"We invest money here to build infrastructure, and women give money not for themselves but out of love for the country and so that Israel will have the best medical care."

—Audrey Shimron, Executive Director of Hadassah's Israeli office

"I know this: As a Christian, if I'm injured in this country, I'll be welcomed at Hadassah Medical Center to be treated; if an Arab [is injured], he will be taken to Hadassah to be treated; and if a Jew [is injured], he will be taken to Hadassah to be treated. Will we be treated any differently? No. We will have exactly the same medical treatment."

—Mike Huckabee (Former US Republican presidential candidate), Jerusalem Post, 2/17/14

"A lot of organizations have challenges over the years. To me it's like raising a family. When you have a family, no matter what happens you go on and do the best you can, and whether it's Hadassah or anything else, you have no choice except to look beyond and do the best you can. The purpose of volunteers is to be a cohesive organization, support our cause, remember our purpose is to save lives and build bridges to peace."

—Joan Baron,
President of Hadassah's Florida Atlantic region

"I call on the government, the management and medical staff to find a solution as soon as possible to prevent damage to thousands of patients in and around Jerusalem. I know that when it comes to the patients you must work 24 hours and not let go until you find a solution to the crisis."

—Israeli President Shimon Peres

"Hadassah hospital is an inseparable part of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. We cannot allow it to collapse."

—Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

"This (court) decision opens the way for us to begin a rehabilitation program. The alternative was the collapse of Hadassah, and this we cannot allow."

—Health Minister Yael German

"I stand here like the first time when I was a child because of grandfather. The State of Tel Aviv believes that Jerusalem is a province but at least Hadassah recognizes our pride, and I think Hadassah is the largest hospital in the entire country and when there are serious problems, Hadassah is the solution."

—MK Yisrael Eichler

"They're in a tough spot, working around the clock, and I don't know what will happen. Somehow, though, Hadassah has always pulled through."

— Ellen Marson, former Executive Director of Hadassah

"My top priority is returning the hospital to its normal functioning and providing the best services possible to patients and, of course, beginning intensive negotiations with the employees' representatives."

—Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, the Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization

"Hadassah Hospital has always been there for Israel (even before there was an Israel). It is time for Israel to support that partnership."

—Kathy Hershfield (Sharon, MA)

"Hadassah Hospital has been a major element of the state of Israel, keeping Israelis and others in the area well and treating them when they are sick. Many families like my own have contributed to Hadassah for generations because we believe in the importance of topnotch medical services in Israel."

—Lyne Kane (Chapel Hill, NC)

"HMO is one of the most important institutions in the entire Medinot Israel. This institution represents the fabric of our people for many reasons throughout our history. It is the essence of Jewish Values. We cannot afford to allow this institution to fail . It is a beacon to the entire world of what makes us who we are as Jews. The Government of Israel must see this through to a successful resolution. This institution has contributed the best science and scientists Israel and the world has known. Israel has never turned its back on humanitian needs."

—Dr. Jeffrey Levin (Richard, VA)

"HMO has been a bridge to peace for decades, helping both victims & their attackers, Arabs, Christians & Jews. HMO has been in the forefront of research on too many health issues to mention. For Israel to not support the continuation of HMO would be a tremendous blow to Israel, the rest of the Mideast & the whole world."

—Debby Rosenberger (Indian Land, SC)

Share this page with your friends:

   

*The views expressed by any authors from news sources who are not official Hadassah representatives are solely the personal views of such author and do not represent the views of Hadassah. The inclusion of such article on this page shall not be deemed or interpreted to be, or used as an endorsement or approval by Hadassah (express or implied) of either the author or the views expressed in such author's article. Additionally, please note that Hadassah does not endorse or oppose, directly or indirectly, any candidates for public office, nor does Hadassah comment on particular candidates' policy positions or any campaign-related issues.

Please provide your name and location in your comment below:

   |  Who We Are  |  What We Do  |  Where We Do It  |  Read About It  |  Join Now  |  Donate  |
  |  Login  |  Contact Us  |  Careers  |  Terms & Conditions  |  
Copyright ©2014 Hadassah is a registered trademark of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America