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Boost for Jerusalem diocese’s healthcare programmes as Nablus hospital expands

Posted on: December 15, 2015 11:10 AM
Archbishop Suheil Dawani enjoys a Christmas lunch with a delegation of civic and religious leaders after the re-opening of the main entrance of St Luke's Hospital in Nablus
Photo Credit: Diocese of Jerusalem

[ACNS] The Diocese of Jerusalem’s healthcare programme received a boost with the official opening of a new entrance to its recently expanded St Luke’s Hospital in Nablus.

The renovation work to the main entrance of the hospital was completed at a cost of around $100,000 US Dollars (about £66,000 GBP).

St Luke’s is a 60-bed hospital providing general and subspecialty medical and surgical services, including intensive care and neonatal intensive care, rehabilitation, obstetrics, as well as general and subspecialty outpatient clinics.

For more than 100 years ago, the hospital has been serving the community of Nablus. Developments include a new emergency and trauma centre as the hospital establishes a role as a major injury and trauma referral centre in the area. This follows the opening of a new neurosurgery program.

“The commission of St Luke’s extends beyond its medical services by providing a prominent Christian presence in an area where few Christian families remain,” the hospital says on its website. “In Nablus, which has seen some of the most difficult times of the past 40 years, this compassionate presence brings stability and balance to a complicated political environment and further enhances St Luke’s place in the community.”

St Luke Hospital’s director general, Dr Walid Saba Kirreh, said in a statement that the expansion project faced many difficulties, and it would not have been accomplished without the support of the Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani.

The hospital combined the official opening of its new entrance by Archbishop Suheil Dawani with the launch of its Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Governor of Nablus, Major General Akram Rajoub, headed a delegation of civil and religious leaders including members of legal, public and private institutions, as well as clergy of various denominations.

The delegation then joined Archbishop Suheil and his wife, Mrs Shafeeqa Dawani, for Christmas lunch.

“This year we celebrate Christmas; Muslims, Christians and Samaritans in Nablus,” Archbishop Suheil said. “We also celebrated the lighting of Christmas tree in Bethlehem to emphasize on our Christmas message in which we have our history and our existence on this earth.”

St Luke’s Hospital in Nablus is just one of a number of healthcare initiatives of the Diocese of Jerusalem; which also includes the Princess Basma Centre for disabled children in Jerusalem; a home for elderly people in Amman, Jordan; as well as the Pemman Clinic in Zababdeh, the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, the Arab Episcopal Medical Centre proving diabetic and cardiovascular care in Ramallah, and an elderly home and community centre in Birzeit.