Congratulations to our first group of employees who finished the "OFEK" Program — literally translated as "On the horizon, a special program on Leadership and Excellence for selected Galilee Medical Center staff."
The participants included: Dr. Benny Raviv, Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Eyal Sela, Director of the Department of Otolaryngology (ENT), Head and Neck Surgery; Dr. Mooad Farraj, Deputy Director of Surgery Department B; Dr. Yoav Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Galit Tamir, Director of Human Resources Dept.; Dror Peer, Purchasing Manager and Administrative Assistant; Lilach Shema-Didi, Head of the Unit for Quality Assurance; Smadar Ocampo, Head Nurse, Pediatric Surgery; Amir Yarchi, CEO of Friends of Galilee Medical Center; Ghada Sheach, Nurse, Internal Medicine Dept.
A; Natalie Zlotnik, Nurse, Emergency Department; Nava Siegel-Koen, Nurse, Director of Development and Instruction, General Manager's Advisor on Gender Equality & Women Empowerment; Meital Ashour, Coordinator, Office of the Director; Vinira Haimov, Director of Medical Records Department; and Asi Pazarkar, from the Transportation Department.

Dr. Masad Barhoum, Director General of the medical center established the program for staff members from a variety of departments so they could get to know their colleagues, learn about different departments, exchange opinions and experiences; and share, listen and join together as a motivated group to promote and further develop the medical center.

Dr. Barhoum accompanied this first group through the program's eight sessions.

Diti Buchner, an organizational consultant, led the program which covered topics such as organizational culture, quality management, improvement in services and team work, improving communication between service providers and service recipients, excellence, coordination of activities with expectations of management, organizational communication and a sense of belonging, economics regarding the healthcare industry and decision-making.

Two meetings were devoted to study tours, one in the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the other in Mapai (the Israel Mapping Center) in Tel Aviv.

Dr. Masad Barhoum, Director of Galilee Medical Center: "As an organization that serves the community and is always striving to improve the professional abilities of our staff members, I saw great importance in establishing the Ofek Program. From the start, my colleagues from management, the program's leader Diti Buchner, and everyone else who joined together to make the program successful.

I am proud of all the participants and I have no doubt that we will hold additional sessions in the future.

Photo of participants in Galilee Medical Center's first Ofek Program for developing excellence and leadership received their certificates for completing the course at a special meeting with management. (Credit: Spokesperson of Galilee Medical Center).