International cooperation agreement with Angers University Hospital

International cooperation agreement with Angers University Hospital

Hôtel-Dieu de France is pleased to announce the signing of an international cooperation agreement with the Angers University Hospital Center.

This agreement includes two components:

1.            The coordination by Angers University Hospital Center to provide material support to the services of Hôtel-Dieu de France.

2.            The participation of Angers University Hospital Center in the professional development of medical, paramedical, medical-technical, and administrative staff of Hôtel-Dieu de France. To this end, these professionals will undergo additional training in France at Angers University Hospital Center.

In the initial phase, the cooperation will focus on the training needs of the medical imaging department.

This international cooperation project benefits from the support of the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

Angers University Hospital Center is a healthcare institution of both national and local importance. It is among the largest healthcare facilities in France and fulfills a threefold mission: providing healthcare and prevention services, offering education, and conducting research. Angers University Hospital Center encompasses a wide range of disciplines, covering all medical, surgical, and biological specialties, including the most complex and rare ones.

Here are some key figures regarding Angers University Hospital Center:

• 202,358 patients

• 1,745 beds and capacity

• 6,904 employees and professionals

• 513,321 patients treated through outpatient care and consultations

• 25,926 surgical interventions

It is worth noting that Angers University Hospital Center actively participated in providing material support to Hôtel-Dieu de France following the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.

Hôtel-Dieu de France is extremely proud of this collaboration and is eager to implement the planned actions.

Mass in occasion of World Day of the sick

Mass in occasion of World Day of the sick

On the occasion of World Day of the Sick, celebrated on Monday, February 12, 2024, the team of spiritual caregivers at Hôtel Dieu organized masses in various departments of the hospital. This event brought together a diverse audience, including patients, their families, as well as staff members and visitors.

These prayer sessions began with the reading of selected verses from the Holy Bible, followed by a prayer for the healing and comfort of the patients at the hospital. The priests then delivered a message of encouragement and hope on the occasion of World Day of the Sick, emphasizing the importance of care, solidarity towards the sick, as well as the values of repentance, mercy, and reflection on the meaning of life.

Subsequently, candles were lit and distributed to all the participants.

These events concluded with a collective prayer and invocations for the healing of all the patients, as well as for the well-being of all the participants.

Visit of Vice President of the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation, former Minister Leila Solh Hamadé,

Visit of Vice President of the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation, former Minister Leila Solh Hamadé,

Vice President of the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation, former Minister Leila Solh Hamadé, visited Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital in Achrafieh, where she met a number of sick children as part of the cooperation agreement between the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation and the Lebanese Association for Children with Kidney Diseases (Kidneeds), led by Dr. Pauline Abou Jaoudé, as well as children from the HeartBeat association, which focuses on the treatment of children with congenital malformation or heart and chronic diseases, led by Dr. Ramzi Ashoush.

The visit took place in the presence of the President of Saint Joseph University, Father Salim Daccache, the hospital Director, Nassib Nasr, and hospital officials, as well as a number of doctors and nurses.

Minister Solh's first stop was with children suffering from renal problems, where she inquired about their condition and spoke with their doctors and families. She then received gifts from the children of the Kidneeds association, expressing their gratitude for the support of the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation.

Afterward, Minister Solh inspected the neonatal unit, where she met with the children from the HeartBeat association. "Today, we remember the year 2006 when we used to perform between twenty and thirty surgical operations. Since then, thanks to the personal support of Mrs. Solh, we now perform between 300 and 400 operations every year. On behalf of these children, thank you, thank you," said Dr. Ramzi Ashoush. / Following that, Minister Solh conducted a thorough inspection of the neonatal unit, where she had the opportunity to meet with the children from the HeartBeat association. Dr. Ramzi Ashoush expressed his gratitude, stating, "Today, we reflect on the year 2006 when we were able to carry out only twenty to thirty surgical operations. However, thanks to the personal support of Mrs. Solh, we now perform an impressive range of 300 to 400 operations each year. On behalf of these children, we extend our heartfelt appreciation and offer our sincerest thanks."

Expressing her steadfast support for both associations, the Minister stated, "Saving a life is akin to saving the entire world, and at the Al-Walid bin Talal Foundation and Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital, we are committed to this noble cause. Wishing everyone a joyful Christmas, and may God restore the health of our ailing children, allowing them to swiftly reunite with their families."

Spiritual day of the hospital network USJ-HDF

Spiritual day of the hospital network USJ-HDF

To celebrate the Christmas festivities, the team of spiritual animators organized a spiritual day titled "And on Earth, Peace...". This sacred gathering took place on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at the Maronite Bishopric of Adma.

This day provided a true escape for the participants of the USJ-HDF hospitals network offering them a unique opportunity to break free from the daily routine and immerse themselves in a profound experience of prayer and spiritual meditation.

The dawn of this blessed day was marked by a morning prayer, followed by a session led by R.F. Amir Ghali s.j., who shared an inspiring spiritual reflection on the theme of "Peace". Interactive exchange moments were also arranged, allowing participants to be grouped in small circles to share, question, and stimulate deep reflection on the subject.

The day concluded with an Eucharistic celebration led by the network's animating fathers. One of the essential ideas that emerged is that peace is not merely a goal to be achieved, but rather a reality where spirituality and faith intertwine harmoniously.

United in our shared quest, let us work hand in hand to build a world where peace, tolerance, and love reign supreme.


Visit from His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

Visit from His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rai, assisted by General Patriarchal Vicar Bishop Hanna Alwan and Maronite Bishop of Beirut Paul Abdel Sater, along with a group of priests, presided over the Divine Liturgy held in the lecture hall of Hotel Dieu de France hospital on the occasion of the 32nd World Day of the Sick and the beginning of the Great Lent. The ceremony was attended by Saint Joseph University Rector Professor Salim Daccache, and the director of Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Dr. Nassib Nasr, as well as the former ambassador and president of the Maronite League, Dr. Khalil Karam, and members of the League, along with a number of nuns, monks, doctors, spiritual figures, academics, and social figures, in addition to the administrative, medical, and nursing staff.

After the sacred Gospel reading, the Patriarch spoke about the Lord's mercy towards the sick and those afflicted with various diseases and ailments. He affirmed that this message remains relevant today, here at Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, where they are celebrating the World Day of the Sick. The Patriarch extended special greetings to the hospital president and concerned entities, expressing his profound gratitude to them for their invaluable contribution in providing essential care.

The Patriarch also spoke during his address about the rich history of Hotel Dieu Hospital, which was established in 1923 through continuous efforts. The hospital has grown and evolved to encompass five other hospitals. As an eyewitness and former patient of this hospital, the Patriarch expressed his deep gratitude to the medical and nursing team for the excellent care they have provided. He added, "It is a distinguished hospital, with an exceptional medical team that cares for its patients by providing comprehensive care. This hospital plays a vital role in the community, especially in light of the economic and financial crisis facing Lebanon."

The Patriarch continued, "On World Day of the Sick, we hope that the officials in Lebanon realize that this day is not just an occasion for prayer and celebrating the Divine Liturgy, and anointing the sick with holy oil. It is also a day that should remind them of their responsibilities towards the patients, healthcare institutions, and care centers. Officials should not ignore their commitments, such as supporting medication supplies, settling outstanding debts to healthcare institutions, and improving the management of the National Social Security Fund. The country must address its deadly crises seriously by electing a President of the Republic and resolving the political, economic, social, and trade crises. Violations of the constitution must cease, and the interests of the state should take precedence over individual, sectarian, political, or party interests. Officials should initiate the election of the head of state to organize all institutions. If this is not done, we appeal to their national conscience to compel them to act in accordance with the constitution and elect a President of the Republic. They must remember that conscience is the inner voice of God within every person, urging them to make wise decisions and avoid mistakes.”

The Patriarch concluded, "Our prayers to God are that He may stir/ awaken these consciences, pleasing His will and serving the common good/ seeking to fulfill His will and serving the greater good. »

At the conclusion of the Mass, Professor Salim Daccache, s.j., the Rector of Saint Joseph University, warmly welcomed the Patriarch, seeking his blessings on "this blessed day, the Sunday of the Great Lent’s beginning and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the patroness of the sick. We pray for the health and healing of the patients and extend our wishes, Your Beatitude, for continued health and vitality in your service to the Church and our beloved nation, Lebanon. We also express our gratitude to Archbishops Saint Jean and Saint Paul, the priests, and the choir for their participation in this divine liturgy."

First Obstetrics and Infertility Day at Hôtel-Dieu de France

First Obstetrics and Infertility Day at Hôtel-Dieu de France

Under the high patr

Under the high patronage of the Ministry of Public Health, and in the presence of Dr. Firass el Abiad, the Obstetrics and Reproduction Department chaired by Department Head Prof Georges Abi Tayeh organized its first Obstetrics and Infertility Day at Hôtel-Dieu de France, "Joie de l'HDF". The event was graced by the presence of healthcare professionals and experts from Lebanon and abroad who shared their knowledge on up-to-date and interesting topics such as early detection, prevention of pre-eclampsia, analysis of maternal mortality, pregnancies after caesarean section, fetal malformations, congenital heart problems, pre-birth management, and more.

A large number of guests and administrative, medical and nursing staff took part in this enriching day. 

We look forward to meeting again next year for this special occasion!

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

On the occasion of the World AIDS Day, celebrated every year on December 1st, the Department of Infectious Diseases organized an awareness campaign within our hospital. This initiative was led by dedicated healthcare professionals.

As part of this campaign, a questionnaire was distributed to the public to measure their self-assessment of their involvement in addressing this global public health issue. This allowed us to gather valuable information about awareness and engagement within our community.

Our visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about this virus. Experts were present to answer their questions and provide essential information on HIV prevention, screening, and treatment.

Furthermore, we provided free rapid HIV screening tests to the public. This endeavor aimed to encourage everyone to take care of their health and promote the fight against AIDS.

Together, united against AIDS, we are committed to continuing our efforts in awareness and prevention to combat this disease and support those affected by it.

It's better to prevent than cure

It's better to prevent than cure

As part of the activities of Cell O7, Hôtel-Dieu de France opened its doors on Saturday, November 25th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, offering a dedicated day to the health and well-being of men and women aged 40 and above.

Screenings for prostate, breast, colon, and skin cancer were provided, giving participants a valuable opportunity to detect any potential issues and take appropriate preventive measures. In total, over 400 free tests were offered, highlighting Hôtel-Dieu de France's commitment to disease prevention and early management.

In addition to medical consultations, the O7 day was enriched with a variety of activities and awareness campaigns. Renowned experts shared their knowledge and answered questions from the public, contributing to increased understanding of important health issues.

The efforts made during the O7 day at Hôtel-Dieu de France reflect the institution's ongoing commitment to the health of the population. Hôtel-Dieu de France will continue to promote similar initiatives in the future, thereby encouraging prevention, awareness, and community well-being.


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