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Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) is a program of the Lutheran World Federated Department for World Service in Jerusalem. It started in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as a major medical facility in Jerusalem after the 1948 war to care for Palestinian refugees. Today, most of the patients served by AVH continue to be in social need and seeking life-saving specialized care.
After serving for many years as a secondary care hospital, AVH is now moving towards becoming a specialized center of medical excellence. In addition, AVH is building complementary community programs that support these specialties by promoting screening, early detection, and health education.
Specialty departments that account for the majority of work at the hospital are: The Cancer Care Center, the Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Care Center, the Artificial Kidney Unit (dialysis), the Surgical Care and Ear, Nose, Throat Center, the Diabetes Care Center, the Specialized Center for Child Care, and the Skilled Nursing and Long-Term (Sub-Acute) Care Facility.These care centers provide specialized treatments that are not available in the majority of hospitals in Palestine.
The hospital is now focusing much of its strategic efforts on establishing a palliative care facility as well as a care center for the elderly. This approach is in line with the hospital’s overall strategy to establish health services otherwise unavailable to the Palestinian community and complements the existing services at the hospital.
AVH is the first and only hospital to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients in the Palestinian territories and is the only medical facility in the West Bank offering pediatric kidney dialysis. On a daily basis, these and other specialty services touch countless lives, both young and old, from communities across the Palestinian territories.
AVH: By the Numbers
- AVH is licensed for 170 beds and, on average, operates 102 beds a day.
- In 2012, 320 staff at AVH cared for 5,900 inpatients for a total of 17,700 days of hospital care.
- AVH provided 13,240 dialysis sessions, 9,600 chemotherapy sessions, and 14,100 interventions in the radiation oncology unit on an outpatient basis.