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Report from Jerusalem:

On Friday, February 7 the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) filed for Section 350, which is analogous to the U.S. Chapter 11. Under the terms of Section 350, the leadership of HMO is working with court-appointed trustees to develop and begin implementation of a recovery plan. Below are the latest key developments in the recovery process:

June 9,2014

Read a note from President Marcie Natan on the Resignation of Director General Avigdor Kaplan

May 9, 2014

The following was sent by Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President,
to all Hadassah members and supporters on May 9, 2014.

Last night, in negotiations that ended close to midnight, the representatives of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), and the Government of the State of Israel agreed on a number of recovery principles for Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). Under the terms of these principles, the Hadassah Medical Organization will remain under the ownership and control of HWZOA and will be put on the path to financial stability.

It is our hope and belief that with the implementation of these principles, HMO will be strengthened and the partnership with the State of Israel will be reinforced.

The recovery plan requires contribution and sacrifice from all parties. But it also holds the promise of ensuring HMO's continued ability to save lives, which can't be measured in dollars or shekels.

At a press briefing this morning in Tel Aviv, HMO Director General Avigdor Kaplan reminded the press of what a difficult period this has been for a working hospital, but that HMO did not compromise on patient care. He, and a representative of the trustees, also praised the enormous contribution, steadfastness and generosity of HWZOA.

I want to echo his thanks. You have all stood firmly behind our shared mission. And I want to extend a special thanks to Avigdor Kaplan whose courage and tireless effort has gotten us to this day.

I believe that HMO will emerge strengthened and re-invigorated after this period of self-examination. I also believe that HMO and HWZOA will have a restored partnership with the State of Israel.

We will keep you fully updated as we move forward in the next few days when all parties will be called upon to approve the agreement. As Director General Avigdor Kaplan said, "this is the end of the beginning," but it is a beginning nonetheless.

P.S. I would like to also use this opportunity to announce that we are planning a Solidarity Mission to Israel in the middle of June. At this critical time, we would be thrilled to have as many of you as possible join us to express our unshakable commitment to HMO and to the State of Israel. Details to follow.

May 1, 2014

  • Gil Troy: Start Reimbursing Hadassah Fairly

    "Both the Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus campuses showcase Israel at its democratic, pluralistic, humanistic and Zionist best. Hadassah hospitals offer a taste of heaven, a glimpse of the Biblical vision whereby people simply get along, regardless of religious, national, ethnic, or ideological differences. Even during the worst bouts of the Palestinian terrorism, Hadassah was such an impressive oasis of Jews and Arabs together treating Jews and Arabs equally, it was clear to many of us that Hadassah deserved the Nobel Peace Prize." -Gil Troy in The Jerusalem Post.

  • Update after court hearings.
  • Read our response to the Gabbai Report.
  • Read a note from Marcie Natan to the doctors and nurses at Hadassah's hospitals.

March 18, 2014

February 20, 2014

  • After intense deliberations, the court and HMO administration came to an agreement that paved the way for the physicians to return to work.
  • The HMO Physicians Council sent out a notice to all doctors saying that they were returning to their regular work schedule Thursday February 20.
  • The hospital is now fully operational and back to serving the Israeli community.
  • The issue of staff layoffs is frozen for all the unions until April 13.
  • HMO management continues its negotiations with the Government of Israel as part of the Section 350 recovery process to become financially stable.
  • Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, Director General, said “This is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end.”

February 19, 2014

  • At 3:00am this morning, Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) signed an agreement with the representatives of the nurses and non-medical workers unions after marathon negotiations with the representatives of the Histadrut labor movement. The strike of the nurses and non-medical workers unions has ended and they have all returned to work at HMO effective today, February 19.
  • The unions have committed to come to a full agreement with the administration by April 13, the day before Passover.
  • The physicians and management are still in labor court to resolve the outstanding issues preventing the resolution of their agreement.

February 18, 2014

  • After all workers received only half salary on February 1, the ensuing slowdowns and strikes, begun by the doctors, were joined by the nurses and general workers.
  • The balance of all salaries are now paid according to a sliding scale as determined by the trustees.
  • Court-appointed Trustee Lippa Meir appeared on a national morning radio show in Israel and an evening TV show and updated the nation on the payments of salaries and the situation at HMO.
  • The workers’ unions staged demonstrations in three different places: across from the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home, in Safra Square at the seat of Jerusalem’s Government and near the Harp Sculpture Bridge at the entrance to the city.
  • No negotiations took place Monday, February 17, with any of the unions and so the strikes continue although today all three unions were urged to return to work by Israel’s Minister of Health, Yael German.

February 17, 2014

  • A recent news report incorrectly stated that Palestinian medical residents at HMO did not receive their pay last month. Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President, reported from Israel: "This information is inaccurate. Due to a government employment office strike there was a brief delay in payment. Subsequently, the Palestinian residents received ninety percent of their salaries; the issue will be fully resolved when the employment office reopens and the remaining amount is paid. HMO has always been and continues to be an organization that transcends political and religious boundaries, and our staff of many faiths and nationalities reflects that commitment. We reiterate our support for HMO throughout this recovery process so it can continue to provide exemplary medical care to all patients.​"
  • Dr. Avigdor Kaplan met last Friday, February 14 with the doctors to explain the transition back to work, and to explain the actual process of Section 350.
  • Thursday night, February 13, Dr. Kaplan's meeting with the unions and Histadrut did not yield best results, but opened the door for further discussion. He is meeting with them again Friday afternoon.
  • On Wednesday, February 12, in a moving speech before the Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his government's commitment to ensuring the long-term strength of HMO. Just this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Members of Knesset that just as all of them have come to Hadassah for healing, now it is time to heal Hadassah.
  • Dr. Kaplan's meetings are not open to any media coverage and public reports are not made. This is in the interest of arriving at a positive agreement.

February 16, 2014

  • On Wednesday, February 12, in a moving speech before the Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his government's commitment to ensuring the long-term strength of HMO. Just this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Members of Knesset that just as all of them have come to Hadassah for healing, now it is time to heal Hadassah.
  • Dr. Avigdor Kaplan met today with the doctors to explain the transition back to work, and to explain the actual process of Section 350.
  • Thursday night, Dr. Kaplan's meeting with the unions and Histadrut did not yield best results, but opened the door for further discussion. He is meeting with them again Friday afternoon.
  • Dr. Kaplan's meetings are not open to any media coverage and public reports are not made. This is in the interest of arriving at a positive agreement.

February 13, 2014

  • On Wednesday, February 12, in a moving speech before the Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his government's commitment to ensuring the long-term strength of HMO. Just this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Members of Knesset that just as all of them have come to Hadassah for healing, now it is time to heal Hadassah.
  • As part of his ongoing efforts to reach agreements with HMO's various unions, Director General Avigdor Kaplan held intensive meetings with the doctor's union on Wednesday. These are the first such meetings since HMO filed for Section 350. On Thursday night he met with the Histadrut (the national labor federation), which represents the nurses' union and the hospital staff union.
  • HMO administrators are also meeting with the hospital's various suppliers to discuss the renewal of supplies to HMO. Deliveries had been temporarily suspended prior to HMO's decision to file for Section 350 protection.
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