Bidding Farewell to Prof. Oscar Embon

12/10/2014
For twenty one years, beginning in 1993, Prof. Embon, bravely faced the challenges of managing a hospital in northern Israel, characterized by the complex needs of the region's unique mosaic of residents as well as those emanating from the hospital's close proximity to both the Lebanese and Syrian borders.

The past two decades have witnessed a rapid growth at Ziv, including new buildings, the recruitment of high quality physicians renowned in their areas of specialty, purchasing of the most current medical equipment, renovation of departments and addition of seminar rooms for the medical students from Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Medicine in the Galil. Prof. Embon has orchestrated much of this development, raising funds from both the government and private donors in Israel and abroad.

"Among the projects I am most thrilled about are the construction of a Child Health Center and a Radiotherapy Unit. The Child Health Center is going to be a magnificent state-of-the-art, partially reinforced building, overlooking the Galilee Mountains and the Kinneret – the Sea of Galilee. The 6,000 sq.m. building will house all of the services essential for top quality treatment of children, as well as a reinforced auditorium with a dual function of being converted into an in-patient area in the case of  an emergency situation in the north. Once opened, the Radiotherapy Unit will finally give hundreds of cancer patients an option for local treatment in order to alleviate the current ridiculous situation in which severely ill patients must travel long distances to the nearest available Radiotherapy Center, over a course of six weeks, for a 5-minute daily treatment".

Prof. Embon is passionate about the need to close the disparities between the services available at the Ziv Medical Center and those offered in hospitals in the center of the country. Much of his time as director was devoted to finding ways of providing the best possible medical services to the residents of the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights, as well as to Israel Defense Forces and UN soldiers stationed in the region, and unexpectedly, to Syrian casualties injured in the civil war in Syria.
"There is still much to do" concludes Prof. Embon. "I hope and trust that the new director will see the current projects to their conclusion and also add to our achievements by introducing new and exciting initiatives".

During a farewell gathering held at Ziv, Prof. Embon thanked the staff for their devoted work, commenting on the special family-like atmosphere of the hospital, not something to be taken for granted.

We will miss Prof. Embon and wish him best of success in his new position - director of a hospital located in Equatorial Guinea.