Nazareth Hospital EMMS has always provided a unique testimony to peaceful co-existence in Israel.
Established in 1861, the ‘English Hospital’ in Nazareth has retained the affection and respect of all groups, be they Christian, Muslim, Druze or Jew. All these groups are represented amongst both staff and patients. Care covers the normal spectrum of general hospital services, plus the only Arabic-language psychiatric unit in Israel, and a specialist outpatient unit for tuberculosis patients.
This modern general hospital employs over 400 staff, has 147 beds, and operates within the framework of the Israeli Healthcare system. With over 50,000 visits per year to the Emergency Room, it handles a similar number of emergencies to a UK general hospital – many more per in-patient bed than any other hospital in Israel.
The only School of Nursing in an Arab locality
Open to all, without distinction, and run in sympathy with the values of Arab culture. This makes our courses particularly attractive to female students, around 70% of whom are Muslim. Ethics are taught from a Christian standpoint. Classes and lectures are conducted mostly in Hebrew (all medical charting in Israel is in Hebrew, as well as medical terminology), with some English, and discussion in Arabic.
When it opened in 1924, the School operated in the basement of the Hospital, but since 2005 it has enjoyed its own purpose-built building. Improved facilities have led to raised standards and enabled us to accept more students, so we can educate even more young people who might otherwise struggle to find a place in Israeli society.
Thus we help give improved life chances to young people from a minority group – and equip them with the means to support their families.
Access to education is a key tool to minimise cultural and religious tensions. We seek to continue and develop further the School’s message of successful working in a potentially fractured and divergent society.