International Executive Masters of Public Health and Disaster Studies students visit Western Galilee Hospital.

Western Galilee hospital was proud to welcome the international students of Tel Aviv University’s International MPH-Disaster Studies program recently for a day of learning and exploration. This is a one-year international graduate program in public health includes theoretical and practical aspects of emergency management and disaster. The Masters-level study encompasses a comprehensive view of Israel’s unique emergency preparedness, planning and infrastructure.

WGH was a willing partner in promoting the unique collaboration between academics and a government medical institution with the goal of creating a more detailed understanding of emergency management as it applies to the hospital. In its sixth year, the program draws from a global group of students giving them access to some of the world’s foremost experts on emergency management and training.

The students were treated to lectures on the hospital’s preparedness protocols by Dr. Arie Eisenman, Director of the Medical emergency Department and national structural preparedness lecture delivered by Ilia Greenberg, Trauma Coordinator.  The students were also invited to an extensive tour of the hospital focusing on the many protocols currently in place in the hospital as the largest hospital in the region and the closest hospital to any border throughout Israel. Western Galilee Hospital’s emergency protocols are not only in practice but proved invaluable during the 2006 Second Lebanon war when the hospital was evacuated to the underground hospitalization facilities, even sustaining direct rocket fire with no related injuries to patients or staff.

Dr. Barhoum, Director General, commentated “The connection between our hospital and this sort of academic program is an important one as it gives foreign students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom from the experience of Israeli institutions such as our hospital that carry the burden of an unfortunate familiarity with providing care while under fire.”