Hadassah Medical Organization 370.
(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
The board of directors of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem on
Wednesday “accepted” the resignation of four of its members.
The four –
chairman Esther Dominissini, Yoram Ariav, Uri Neiger and Yossi Rosen –
reportedly resigned to protest against efforts by the Finance Ministry to
establish a recovery plan to restore HMO’s financial health but without
consulting with the board.
Dominissini is a former director-general of
the Israel Employment Service, the Prisons Service and the National Insurance
Institute; Ariav is a former director- general of the Finance Ministry; Rosen
formerly ran the Israel Corporation and the Israel Petrochemical Industry; and
Neiger was a financial entrepreneur.
The HMO spokeswoman said that
businessman Avigdor Kaplan had been chosen as director-general earlier this year
to “cope with the financial deficit that developed in recent years,” and that he
was given “the authority to implement a recovery program in cooperation with the
board to restore the HMO to longterm economic stability.”
HMO runs the
two Hadassah University Medical Centers and its various medical faculty and
professional schools. The hospitals are owned by the Hadassah Women’s Zionist
Organization of America, whose reduced financing of HMO in recent years, as well
as misguided financial agreements with the government over discounts to health
funds and long-term commitments to pensions, were among the reasons for its
current NIS 1.3 billion deficit.
The remaining board “backs up the
director-general and supports him, so he may succeed and safely carry out the
recovery process,” the spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, for the second time
in recent months, HMO staffers will receive only half their salaries on pay day
in November, due to the lack of liquid assets to pay the entire amount.