NEW YORK (Sep. 4)
The Hadassah headquarters here today issued a statement giving details on the transfer of part of its network of preventive medicine establishments in Israel to the Ministry of Health in the Jewish State.
The statement emphasized that during the first year of government operation of these health centers, Hadassah will cover the entire budget in the following years it will taper off its contributions, underwriting 65 percent of the budget during the second year, 35 percent during the third year, and terminating its financial support in the fourth year.
“This development, which affects a large proportion of its health welfare stations- some of them more than 30 years old – called attention again to Hadassah’s policy of turning various projects over to the government when it is assured that government is able to continue their operation and development in the ‘quality’ tradition of service set by Hadassah in Israel,” the statement said. “This transfer of control has already been completed in the field of nutrition education. Hadassah is also gradually returning to government the operation of the recreation and school lunches programs originally established and operated by Hadassah.”
Transfer of these health welfare stations will enable Hadassah to intensify its plans for converting a number of its remaining installations in Jerusalem and in the Jerusalem Corridor into community health centers, the statement pointed out. This will be a “pilot-plant” venture in which preventive health and health education is centered around the family unit.