The semi-annual board meeting of the Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) finished today in East Jerusalem. The board is chaired by Reverend Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and president of the Lutheran World Federation.
It has been my pleasure to serve as a Canadian board member for the past 10 years. At this meeting we received updates from Dr. Tawfiq Nasser, CEO of AVH. We learned about the many capital projects taking place at AVH. The hospital continues to undergo significant transformations, all aimed at improving the quality of care at AVH and providing essential specialized health services to Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza.
A key initiative which will receive considerable focus in the next few years is the development of an Elder and Palliative Care Pavilion that will be constructed on the Mount of Olives, just behind the hospital. The new pavilion will provide space for 120 patients receiving geriatric and palliative services. This includes skilled nursing, dementia and rehabilitation programming that will eventually feature outpatient support facilities. It is anticipated that the inpatient part will employ about 300 trained personnel. This type of care is not readily available in Palestine today.
It is gratifying to see the growth and development of AVH that has occurred in recent years. The hospital today has an annual budget of $23 million USD and is the primary specialized health care facility providing cancer care treatment for Palestinians.
During the next year, the AVH will undergo an accreditation that will confirm that it operates on the most stringent international health standards. CLWR is very proud to support the life-saving work of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, together with partners from around the world.
Robert Granke, CLWR executive director