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LWF hospital reorganizes

The Lutheran World Federation has reorganized management of its Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. Due to changes in the health system for Palestinians the hospital faced a severe financial crisis this year that left serious concerns for its survival (January, page 52).

The goals of the new management team are to keep the hospital operating and to move ahead in its redevelopment plan, according to David Johnson, an ELCA pastor and AVH's chief operating officer.

The LWF hospital's redevelopment, he says, involves continuing services to Palestinian refugees, pursuing contracts with health insurance providers and attracting more paying patients with the hospital's improved services. The hospital is planning to add day-care and nephrology services this year. The Palestinian health ministry and the LWF are also looking into opening a cancer center.


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