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Dr. Masad Barhoum


Dr. Masad Barhoum was born on 23.2.1960 in Shefaram, Israel, to Arab Christian parents who emphasized the human values of moral integrity. Dr. Barhoum is married to Dr. Marie Barhoum, a pediatric endocrinologist, and they are the parents of 3 daughters.
Dr. Barhoum began his medical studies in 1979 at Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Institute of Technology, and in 1985 completed his internship at Rambam Medical Center, Haifa. He was an internal medicine resident from 1986-1990, but chose to transfer to family medicine, partially in order to take upon himself an equal part of the tasks at home, including child-rearing.
In 1990, Dr. Barhoum and his family took up residence in Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet for the next 10 years, living as an integral part of the kibbutz family, while completing his residency in family medicine and receiving a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration from Haifa University. In the latter years of the 1990's, Dr. Barhoum was appointed director of the Clalit HMO’s Home Care System in Haifa and the Western Galilee, followed by director of its northern region Home Hospitalization Unit.
From 1999 to August 2007 Dr. Barhoum served as the director of the Holy Family (Italian) Hospital in Nazareth, where he initiated major organizational changes, hiring experienced professionals, consolidating the administrative staff and establishing clear goals, and moved the institutional budget from one of 20% annual deficit to profit. 
During these eight years, the hospital was granted recognition as a teaching hospital for Technion medical students, and was accredited for residency programs in internal medicine and gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Barhoum promoted research and established the hospital's Helsinki Committee.
Dr. Barhoum opened a general intensive care unit along with ICU for cardiology and chronic illness, initiated a dialysis unit, built a new Ob-Gyn and delivery rooms, increased the number of operating rooms and prepared the hospital for mass casualty events. He also expanded women’s health services and, together with the Israel Cancer society and the generous support of an American Jewish family in Florida, established a breast cancer unit, then the only one of its kind in the Arab sector.
Active in fundraising, Dr. Barhoum established the hospital's "friends" foundation and strengthened ties with supporting institutions communities in Israel and abroad.
In September 2007, Dr. Barhoum took up his appointment as Director General of Western Galilee Hospital-Nahariya.
Within less than 5 years, the following projects have been completed:
  1. A 5-story parking garage for both staff and visitors (2008)
  2. Completion of the new 30-bed general and pulmonary ICU (6/2009)
  3. Construction of the new Emergency Department, protected against missile attack, opened April, 2012.
  4. The new Rehabilitation Department, to open in September, 2012.
  5. Plans are in place for renovating and expanding the Oncology Unit.
  6. The construction of the new Women's Health Center is under way.
In addition, the following department and units have been established and/or expanded:
  1. Thoracic surgery unit.
  2. Cardiac electrophysiology unit.
  3. Pediatric cardiology unit.
  4. An additional surgery department has opened, specializing in hepatic (liver) and pancreatic surgery. 
  5. The MRI unit
  6. IVF unit due to open in September, 2012.
Dr. Barhoum believes that, as Director of Western Galilee Hospital, his primary obligation is to serve the people of the western Galilee by providing advanced and professional medical care, while managing the hospital in the framework of a business organization. His goal is that Western Galilee Hospital be a comprehensive medical center that offers medical services at the highest level of professionalism, quality and availability, provides teaching facilities to the new generations of medical professionals, joins in new and exciting research endeavors, and serves the community at large.
Dr. Barhoum's vision for northern Israel's primary medical facility: Western Galilee Hospital:
1)      Will continue to develop in-hospital and outpatient medical services in every area of medicine
2)      Will provide its patients with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology, and the most advanced medical procedures
3)      Will aspire to employ the most skilled professionals in all areas: medical nursing and therapeutic. 
4)      Will ensure that its professionals are abreast of the latest information and innovative procedures, through ongoing studies and professional conferences within the hospital and throughout Israel and the world.
5)      Has been and will continue to adopt comprehensive quality management work methods according to the international standards of ISO 9002, EFQM and JCI. We will continue to make known our obligations to our clients in our "Quality Service Agreement" and will continuously examine customer satisfaction and provide services that exceed expectations.
6) Will endeavor to attract high-level professionals by encouraging research and academic advancement. Western Galilee Hospital has fully adopted the Ministry of Health's call for conducting medical research within the hospitals, and in addition to expanding the existing Eliachar Research Laboratories, we intend to add physician researchers to several of our hospital departments.  

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