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Delivering LIFE, PEACE, and HOPE in the HOLY LAND

A Commitment to LIFE that is Absolute

Holy Family Hospital is the region’s premier maternity and neonatal critical care center. The neonatal intensive care unit regularly cares for the most critically ill newborns, some weighing just over a pound. Our Hospital’s NICU must be well resourced, since local government hospitals cannot medically support babies born under 32 weeks.

An Instrument of PEACE in a Land of Historical Conflict

The Hospital plays a crucial role as an instrument of inter-religious peace in an area that knows great strife.  Each infant born serves as a symbol of peace, as Christians and Muslims work and are treated side by side. As a primary employer in the region, the Hospital recruits and trains local medical professionals and provides opportunities for continuing advancement for women in an area where few exist. The Hospital serves all faith communities and seeks to promote peace in its interactions with all those it serves.

A Beacon of HOPE for the Poor and Refugees in the West Bank

The Mobile Outreach Clinic addresses urgent public health and primary care issues. This Clinic provides essential care to women, babies, and children living in Bedouin encampments and remote villages in the desert areas surrounding Bethlehem, where many families live with little access to indoor plumbing, electricity, or running water. Over 25 percent of patients served at the Hospital are from United Nations Refugee Camps in the region.


Pope Saint John Paul II named Holy Family Hospital one of the top priorities for the Roman Catholic Church in the new millennium.

Pope Francis said during his historic visit to Bethlehem, “Wherever children are accepted, loved, cared for and protected, the family is healthy, society is better, and the world is more human.”  Holy Family Hospital embodies this conviction through its essential role in providing state-of-the-art maternal care and neonatology services to poor and at-risk mothers, babies, and families throughout the Bethlehem region of the West Bank.


Just 500 yards from the birthplace of Christ, Holy Family Hospital stands as a beacon of hope and a haven for the defenseless throughout the Holy Land.  This Catholic teaching hospital provides care to impoverished women and children without regard to religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. Obstetricians and midwives deliver over 3,400 babies annually – including over 350 preterm babies – and provide obstetric, gynecological, and preventative healthcare for women.

Did You Know?

  • The barrier wall is approximately 258 miles long restricting movement and access to jobs, healthcare and goods.
  • The unemployment rate for people ages 15-24 is 47%, #5 on the world list.
  • 18% of the population is under the poverty line.
  • The population of the West Bank, comprised of Christians and Muslims, is 2.6 million, 722,000 are recognized as refugees by United Nations Relief Works Agency.

If it were not for the Holy Family Hospital my baby would have died, I don’t even want to imagine that.

- Sawsan, Patients

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