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Holy Family Hospital
Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem is located on the West Bank of Palestine, a mere 1,500 steps from the birthplace of Christ. This Catholic teaching hospital is a state-of-the-art maternity and neonatal critical care center serving poor and at-risk women, infants, and children throughout the Holy Land.
The Hospital stands as a beacon of hope for impoverished families in the Bethlehem region and nearby United Nations Refugee Camps. The Hospital and its Outreach Clinics provide the highest quality care to all, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. No one is ever turned away.
Guided by the values and traditions of the Catholic Church, the Daughters of Charity, and the Order of Malta, Holy Family Hospital works to provide high-quality healthcare to women and children, without regard to their religion, nationality, or ability to pay. The Hospital is committed to the continuing education of its medical staff as a means of ensuring quality patient care for the poor and sick of Bethlehem.
The French Daughters of Charity founded Holy Family Hospital as a general hospital in 1888 to minister to the sick and needy of Bethlehem. The Hospital operated until 1985 when political and economic factors forced the sisters to close its doors.
In 1989, at the request of Saint John Paul II, the Order of Malta took over the operation and management of the Hospital, converting it into a specialized maternity unit.
Since then, Holy Family Hospital has grown from 850 annual births to over 3,600. To meet this surge in demand, the Hospital’s budget expanded from $1 million to $3.7 million annually, about half of which is met by donations from generous donors from around the world.
An “Oasis of Peace”
Holy Family Hospital is a beloved institution in Bethlehem, known as an “oasis of peace” to all who have experienced its lifesaving care. Here, Christians and Muslims work together every day to serve the neediest of families without regard to religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay.
The Hospital staff engages in partnerships with medical facilities throughout the region to provide necessary medical education and clinical training. As the second largest employer in Bethlehem, the Hospital plays a crucial stabilizing role in the community, providing jobs to 170 Palestinian families and creating employment opportunities for women in an area where few exist.
Life in Palestine
The Bethlehem region currently faces a staggering unemployment rate of 70 percent. The dire economic situation limits access to medical care, resulting in urgent health problems for families throughout the West Bank.
These public health issues are worsened by road closures, curfews, security checkpoints, and other daily stressors of life in occupied territory. Many of these issues disproportionately impact women and children, who often require specialized care. Refugee communities and remote villages, too, are impacted more severely.