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A Warm Homecoming

Maya Filipe was born on April 19th, 2017 at Galilee Medical Center, weighing just 1.6 lbs (738 grams). After three months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Maya was able to head home with her family on July 11th. Her parents, Ortal and Oren Filipe, documented her time in the NICU with photos, and created this heartwarming video as a thank you to the GMC professional staff for their care, love and dedication.  (watch video)



Person to Person Medicine in Action

On June 26th, Dr. Arie Eisenman, Head of Emergency Medicine at GMC, spoke to the community at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. He spoke about his work treating the victims of the war in Syria. Dr. Eisenman talked about the lack of medical staff and infrastructure remaining in Syria, and said that there are likely around 1,000 doctors still living there, and the hospitals no longer have medical equipment or medicine to effectively treat those in need of care. (more…)

Sharing our Success!

It is with great pride that we share the news that Galilee Medical Center has been awarded the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. This accreditation is the gold standard in global health care in Israel. During the five day assessment process, JCI examiners reviewed all of Galilee Medical Center’s protocols and procedures, and spoke with leadership and staff from all areas to ensure that all of our work is done with the safety and quality standards of the JCI accreditation requirements.  (more…)

Amid civil war, Syrian refugees are treated in Israel

On April 28, 2017, i24NEWS aired an interview with Amir Yarchi, the CEO of the Friends of Galilee Medical Center.  Amir joins David Shuster and Erica Pitzi to discuss the treatment of Syrian refugees in Israel. (watch video)

Dr. Barhoum receives AJC’s International Human Dignity Award

General Director Dr. Masad Barhoum was recognized by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and received its International Human Dignity Award for the humanitarian work of our staff, from all sectors, in treating injured Syrians. He received the honor at a gala Independence Day luncheon in New York hosted by the AJC Women’s Leadership Board.


Obliged As A Jewish Country

The New York Jewish Week’s Stewart Ain interviewed Dr. Masad Barhoum after he was honored by the American Jewish Committee with its International Human Dignity Award.


How an Israeli Hospital Took in Syrians and Became the World Leader in Treating War Wounds

Ronny Linder-Ganz from Haaretz wrote a profile on Galilee Medical Center in the news outlet’s May 6 issue: “There’s nobody to help us but God and Israel’ is a familiar refrain at the hospital near the Lebanese border. But the patients are eager to return home.”


Jewish United Fund of Chicago makes gift of $25,000 for the Purchase of Mobile Auditory Brainstem Response Device for the Treatment of Child Casualties of the Syrian Conflict

Thank you to the Jewish United Fund of Chicago for their generous support towards the purchase of critical equipment in Galilee Medical Center’s treatment of Syrian children who are casualties of the ongoing Syrian conflict. The IDF and the GMC have determined that it is necessary to set up a separate and dedicated space for a Children’s Clinic for Syrian children, held every Tuesday. Up to 50 child casualties are brought to the Clinic each week by the IDF as their point of entry to the GMC, and are treated for their injuries. For most of the children, this is the beginning of a long treatment regimen requiring multiple surgeries and long hospital stays. (more…)

Board President Raya Strauss Speaks in Los Angeles

From Nahariya to Beverly Hills – it’s good to have friends that want to help us close the large gap in healthcare services between the north and central Israel! A first time fundraising event was held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with Jewish community film industry leaders, to benefit Galilee Medical Center. Ms. Raya Strauss Ben Dror, President of Friends of Galilee Medical Center (FGMC), Dr. Eyal Sela, Director of our Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) and Head and Neck Surgery; and Amir Yarchi, CEO of FGMC represented Galilee Medical Center at the prestigious event hosted by Phil Blazer, of JLTV (more…)

US Press Covers Amir Yarchi’s visit and the plight of Syrian Patients at GMC

The Syrian crisis is complex, Amir Yarchi said Wednesday night. The decision to help its victims is not. Yarchi, CEO of the Friends of Western Galilee Hospital in Israel, said in a Wednesday speaking engagement at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center that his work has exposed him to some of the worst casualties of the conflict in Syria — victims of explosions, snipers and other earth-shattering acts of violence…”Each one of these people we see is a tragedy, is a story, is a family they left behind,” Yarchi said. “I see them as patients, as people, as human beings. This is the way our staff looks at it.” (more…)