Israel’s Coronavirus lead, Professor Nachman Ash tours Laniado Hospital
Prof. Ash was welcomed by the management team from Laniado Hospital, headed by CEO Mr. Nadav Chen. Mr Chen presented Prof. Ash with a comprehensive and detailed overview, on how the hospital has dealt with the impact the virus has had on the hospital; from the outbreak of the first wave to the present moment and the clinical, logistical and financial challenges the hospital is facing.
Prof. Ash toured the Coronavirus Department along with the Respiratory and General Emergency Departments. He met with an array of medical staff and heard first-hand how the emergency response team is handling the heavy burden placed on their shoulders.
Prof. Ash commented, "Laniado Hospital is dealing with a very large amount of suspected and verified Coronavirus infected patients. The team provides excellent medical care, even though we have been in the crisis for ten months, the team gives their heart and soul!"
Prof. Ash was presented with the struggle of public hospitals, which demand equal budgeting like all hospitals in the State of Israel. During the tour, Laniado’s CEO, Mr Nadav Chen said; “We have been fighting Coronavirus for ten months, the entire staff is mobilized to care for the sick. It’s absurd that we have to concern ourselves with financial problems during an epidemic.
“Laniado, along with the other public hospitals, has received promises mostly from the Ministries of Finance and Health regarding the closure of fiscal year 2020 and permanent equal budgeting. Caring for patients requires a focus on clinical practice rather than financial issues. I expect the Ministries of Finance and Health to meet their commitments and transfer the funds, so that we can continue to care for the sick."