Cardiology (Clinic & Surgery)
The Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation has launched the official opening of the new heart department first of its kind sponsored and supported by Medtronic, Imperial college the Palestinian community and Mr. President Mahmoud Abbas featuring such state-of-the-art training and equipment in Palestine just last year.
Heart Disease in Palestine is considered an important factor in the increased mortality rate. The statistic in Palestine indicate that heart disease is one of the main causes of death in Palestine, with up to 30% of total deaths. Survival rate is expected to improve with better and more timely access to the appropriate treatment.
The opening of the new department took place on the 16th of August 2018. The idea began with the understanding that the closest heart treatment centers before the new Cardiovascular Center were in Jerusalem or Hebron.
Services provided in the new Cardiovascular Center will include emergency treatment, angioplasty treatment, transplants, open-heart surgery and rehabilitation for cardiovascular injuries. The center is operating according to international standards, including a diagnostic department, anesthesia unit and intensive care unit. What distinguishes this center from others is its technology, which is picked from the latest advancements in cardiovascular treatment technology. It was necessary to work to find a specialized section that serves the people in the province, especially since time is the most important factor in the quality of life after cardiovascular trauma.
The Arab Society for Rehabilitation is interested in providing services for the Palestinian citizens by Palestinian and International professionals working to exchange experience, especially from those who worked outside Palestine.
The director General of the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation said that the treatment will be available to all persons regardless of cost. Efforts are underway to include the section of cooperation agreements with the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Health.
Cooperation with various international organizations also have yielded important work in the charitable aspects of the Cardiovascular treatment center through providing funds necessary to treat patients at reduced-to-no charge. The philosophy of the Arab Society is the same since the foundation, providing charitable work in the field of medicine.