Bikur Holim hospital 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Jerusalem’s financially troubled Bikur Cholim Hospital is again in danger of
closing, as its administrative director, Moshe Hevroni, resigned this week over
a lack of funding.
Hevroni, a former official of Kupat Holim Meuhedet who
was appointed to the hospital post earlier this year, announced his resignation,
saying he could no longer take responsibility for the hospital’s functioning.
Senior officials confirmed the resignation, which was reported on a haredi
(ultra-Orthodox) radio station.
Bikur Cholim, located in the center of
town, serves the haredi community that resides there, as well as other sectors
of the Jerusalem population, and has nearly closed numerous times due to
management and budget crises.
Purchased by former Russian oligarch Arkadi
Gaydamak, the hospital no longer receives financial assistance from
The situation seemed to have been improving recently, however, and
in the last half-year, Bikur Cholim had not been featured in any negative
headlines. The hospital also opened new delivery rooms and, with the National
Insurance Institute covering the cost of deliveries, had a guaranteed income
from births in the haredi community.
This allowed it to continue
Hevroni said the institution feared it would have to
close its gates because of its “failure to meet financial commitments, and the
refusal of the state to grant credit and financial aid” to the
He said Bikur Cholim had explained its predicament to the
Health Ministry and requested help.
Asked to comment, the ministry said
it “is in favor of the continued functioning” of the hospital and that Deputy
Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman (a Ger Hassid and United Torah Judaism MK) “has
done much... to ensure that it continues to exist. He will continue to stand at
the side of the board to find a solution for the difficult financial situation
The ministry said it had not yet received a letter of resignation