Senior staff from
the Faculty of Health Sciences at BGU, led by Dean Prof. Amos Katz, recently
Ashdod Public Hospital, which opened in June 2017. The
delegation, which included department heads and other Faculty leaders, met with
Assuta Medical Centers' Chairman Prof. Shuki Shemer and Director General Prof.
Ari Shamiss, Assuta Ashdod's Director Prof. Haim Bitterman and CEO Adv. Rachel
Shmueli and additional Assuta board members. They toured the wards, operating
theaters and other advanced treatment facilities and heard about the hospital's
plans for the future.
Shemer presented his vision for Assuta Ashdod and declared: "The hospital
has already received approval from the Ministry of Health for basic clerkship.
We are proud to play a significant role in the education and training of the
new generation of physicians at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The hospital
will operate under a unique model of integration with the community, enabling
us to provide more consistent care, avoid unnecessary hassles for patients, and
provide better service."
Amos Katz expressed satisfaction with the collaboration between the FOHS and
the hospital and added: "This is a historic moment and an important
milestone. Together will continue to lead and develop the healthcare and public
health system for the benefit of the residents of the South. This will enable
the expansion of the numbers of students who aspire to and can study medicine
in Israel, while at the same time preserving quality scientific instruction in
line with the Faculty's vision."
University of the Negev and Assuta Medical Centers signed an affiliation agreement
in January 2017 under which the new Assuta public hospital in Ashdod would be a
University hospital, and the main Assuta hospital in Tel Aviv will be
affiliated with BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences as well. Under the agreement,
the hospitals will provide clinical instruction to students from the Joyce and
Irving Goldman Medical School, and clinicians from the hospital will receive
academic appointments at the FOHS.