Ex-Health Min. gets new post

Dr. Eitan Hai-Am will serve as director-general of Assuta Medical Centers.

Dr. Eitan Hai-Am, who resigned from his position as director-general of the Health Ministry six weeks ago due to conflict with Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, has a new job. He will serve as director-general of the private Assuta Medical Centers.
Hai-Am, who was a Clalit Health Services executive and Soroka University Medical Center director-general before his eight-month tenure at the ministry, will be replaced next week by Dr. Roni Gamzu, who is leaving his post as director-general of Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and was Litzman’s personal choice.
Hai-Am, who was chosen by a committee to replace the retiring Prof.Yair Shapira, was unwilling to work with Litzman owing to his policy –since overruled by the cabinet – against moving ancient bones foundnear Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center. The government recentlydecided to move the bones so that an urgently needed fortifiedemergency department could be built on the site to protect patients andstaffers against the threat of rockets from terrorists in Gaza.
Hai-Am will take up his Assuta position after the cooling-off period ofa few months required of public servants going into the private sector.Assuta chairman Prof. Yehoshua Shemer – himself a longtime HealthMinistry director-general – said the board of directors thanked Shapirafor his many years of work in developing and expanding the chain ofprivate hospitals. Assuta Medical Centers, with hundreds of beds forsurgical and other patients, are located in Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion,Beersheba, Haifa and Ashkelon.