Hadassah Medical Center CEO Resigns

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Hadassah Medical Organization, Ein Kerem, Yerushalayim. (wik)
Hadassah Medical Organization, Ein Kerem, Yerushalayim. (wik)

The CEO of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), Avigdor Kaplan, resigned on Monday, just two weeks after a prolonged fiscal crisis that threatened to close the hospital was settled.

In his letter of resignation, Kaplan cited his dissatisfaction with the agreement between Hadassah and the Finance and Health ministries which provides that, for the duration of the seven-year recovery plan, a financial controller would be appointed on behalf of the state.

But sources in the health system told Globes that in actuality Kaplan was in effect forced to resign because of months of friction between him and the Hadassah organization during its crisis.

Others attributed the decision to Kaplan’s age, that at 74 he no longer had the strength for the HMO struggles and was eager to leave in any case.

Kaplan made no comment to the media.

Prof. Tamar Peretz, head of Haddasah’s Sharett Institute of Oncology, will act as CEO until a permanent replacement is decided upon.