Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem signed its first agreement with an Israeli health maintenance organization. Hospital officials call the agreement "an important milestone" in the hospital's efforts to become self-sustaining.
The hospital, which provides medical services to Palestinians, is the Lutheran World Federation's flagship program in the Middle East. The LWF is trying to reposition the hospital because of decreasing funding from its long-standing main sponsor, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The aim is to help the hospital become self-reliant by 1998.
The agreement provides "the opportunity for new revenue sources" and "confirms the public's interest and confidence in the clinical services," says a statement issued by the hospital.
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