On the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, the hospital insisted, despi
On the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, the hospital insisted, despite all the calamities affecting Lebanon, on celebrating a century of challenges, successes and remarkable events since the laying of the foundation stone of the hospital in 1922 by General Gouraud. For this occasion, a ceremony was held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm at the hospital in the presence of H.E. Mrs. Anne Grillo, Ambassador of France to Lebanon, H.E. Dr. Firas Abiad, Minister of Health and in the presence of diplomatic, political, military and social figures.
The ceremony opened with the national anthem, followed by the speech of Mr. Nassib Nasr, General Director of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, in which he insisted: "Our mission does not give us the right to be weak; we will even raise our level of requirements. The requirements must be permanent and at all levels.” He highlighted that: "if there is no hope, there is no despair either", emphasizing on “the social and humanitarian vocations of the hospital" declaring: "We have not endured a hundred years to die today; our moral strength, our faith, our confidence and our exceptional cohesion explain our persistence.
A film presenting different periods in the history of the Hôtel-Dieu was screened during the ceremony before the speech of Prof. Salim Daccache s.j., Chairman of the Board of Directors Hôtel-Dieu de France, in which he considered that the medal of the Legion of Honor that was granted to him had been also awarded to the Saint-Joseph University and to the Hôtel-Dieu de France. He insisted on the HDF culture: “More than ever, we are proud of a humanist and scientific culture represented by the Hôtel-Dieu, but also of a heritage that originates from afar and of which we are proud and that we must protect in order to continue and remain alive in the name of Lebanese and French values, consisting of a spirit of resistance in the face of adversity, of bravery in the face of discouragement, of justice in the face of the abandonment of the human being, of unrestricted solidarity in the face of egoism, and of assertive competence and unrestrained loyalty.”
For his part, the Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Abiad, pointed out the importance of the Hôtel-Dieu de France in the modern history of Lebanon considering that with "hard work and faith in the country, this institution has been able to maintain its pioneering role". The minister focused on the difficult conditions in Lebanon, saying: "Today, we are going through a critical period and circumstances that may be similar to what our country experienced a hundred years ago, a period in which challenges are multiplying and difficult questions are being asked about the health and hospital sector".
In her speech on this occasion, H.E. Mrs. Anne Grillo, Ambassador of France to Lebanon, expressed in her speech on this occasion the support of France and the French people to the Hôtel-Dieu by announcing that an exceptional joint support will be granted to the USJ and that a significant donation of medicines is being finalized based on the established needs in order to provide the HDF with the necessary medicines that are not locally available
Different members of the HDF community intervened during the ceremony, namely Prof. Roland Tomb, Dean of the USJ Faculty of Medicine, Ass. Prof. Elias Chélala, President of the Medical Council, Mrs. Soha Abdelmalak, former President of the Nursing Council and Mr. Fadi Andréa, President of the Employees' Union.
The event was marked by several musical interludes and was followed by a cocktail and a visit to the temporary exhibition organized especially for the occasion where old medical equipment and photos were featured.
For Labor Day and as part of its mission to foster hope, Hôtel-Dieu de France organized a recruitment open day on Friday
For Labor Day and as part of its mission to foster hope, Hôtel-Dieu de France organized a recruitment open day on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for nurses, technicians, administrative staff, computer engineers and all people interested in working at the hospital. Hundreds of people presented their CVs during this event where the HDF Employees' Syndicate was also present for a draw with valuable prizes intended for the employees.
The Ethics Committee of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, the psychiatry and pediatrics department of the Faculty of Medicine of
The Ethics Committee of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, the psychiatry and pediatrics department of the Faculty of Medicine of Saint Joseph University and of the Hôtel-Dieu de France organized, under the high patronage of the Minister of Health, held a conference on sexual abuse.
The event took place on Thursday, April 28 at the Nadège and Henri Obégi Auditorium at HDF and was moderated by Michel Scheuer s.j. During the conference, Dr. Mathieu Lacambre, psychiatrist from the University Hospital of Montpellier in France, had an intervention on sexual violence prevention.
Furthermore, Dr. Bernard Gerbaka, pediatrician at the Hôtel-Dieu de France presented a multidisciplinary and institutional approach to child sexual abuse. A Q&A session followed the conference.
For the World Day of the Sick, the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut, Mgr Boulos Abdel Sater, visited the patients of the Hôtel-Dieu de France, accompanied by the chairman of the board of directors of the HDF, Prof. Salim Daccache s.j. before presiding the mass concelebrated with priests of the hospital, in the presence of the General Director of the HDF Mr. Nassib Nasr, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Prof. Roland Tomb and the members of the administrative body as well as nurses and doctors.
After the Gospel reading, Mgr. Abdel Sater delivered a touching homely concerning this occasion:
“First of all, I would like to thank the hospital administration for inviting me to celebrate the Eucharist and to participate in the prayer on the occasion of the World Day of the Sick. The hospital is a sacred place as it witnesses the pain of many people who endure and bear their suffering with hope and faith. It is an honor for me to be present today in this sacred place where so many saints glorify the Lord through their faith in a time of hardship and difficulty.
I would also like to thank the hospital's board of directors for inviting me to share this moment with you, doctors, nurses and members of the administrative council. You bear the pain of your suffering brothers and sisters and try, through your sacrifices, your experience and all the graces that the good Lord has granted you, to alleviate them in order to lead a better life.
We rarely make the sign of the cross when passing by a hospital, as our ancestors used to do when walking by a shrine or a church. The hospital is, after all, a place of life and a place of love where doctors mobilize all their energy and abilities to give life by the grace of God, and employees are committed to serving and caring for the sick, motivated by love. Brothers and sisters, your first role is to do what Jesus Christ did when he "...bore our sufferings and infirmities..." so that you may bear the sufferings and infirmities of the patients you care for. God values your love and presence with your patients before any medical achievement you might attain, despite its importance. I thank you wholeheartedly for your sacrifices and your willingness to be messengers of love despite the many difficulties and challenges that you encounter on a daily basis in your personal and professional life. You are the living proof of God's presence and love in the life of each patient.”