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President Marcie Natan on the Resignation of Director General Avigdor Kaplan

Dear Friends,

It is with regret that the Board of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) has accepted the resignation of Director General Avigdor Kaplan. Over the past year, Dr. Kaplan has played a crucial role in steering the institution through a financial crisis, while preserving HMO’s position as Israel’s premier center of clinical care, research and teaching. Over the past months, he labored heroically to negotiate the recovery plan, which was recently approved by the Courts and under which the Government of Israel, the unions, HWZOA and HMO will work together to restore the institution to financial stability. In Avigdor’s note to me he stated, “The achievements of the agreement aren’t only fiscal. They preserve the special character of Hadassah as a provider of excellence in clinical treatment, teaching and research.”

The Board and membership of HWZOA will be forever grateful for Dr. Kaplan’s service. And on a personal note, I sincerely express my appreciation for Avigdor’s leadership, courage and friendship.

Professor Tamar Peretz, head of the oncology division with more than two decades of experience leading the Sharett Institute of Oncology, will serve as interim Director General of HMO. Dr. Kaplan will assist with a smooth transition. Professor Peretz is a world-renowned doctor and established leader, who will be assisted by Deputy Administrative Director (DAD) Shlomo Sirkis, who is both a lawyer and an accountant. We have every confidence that they will effectively continue the recovery process while the HMO Board undertakes a rigorous search for the next permanent Director General.


Marcie Natan
National President

Janice Weinman
Executive Director/CEO

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