The board of directors of the Hadassah Medical Organization approved the controversial appointment of Ze’ev Rothstein, director of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, as its next director general on Tuesday. The hospital system, which has been plagued by financial problems, runs two hospital campuses in Jerusalem and is affiliated with the New York-based Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization.
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Rothstein’s appointment is subject to the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, after formal consent is given by the directors general of the health and finance ministries. Weinstein’s approval is required because there are currently disciplinary proceedings pending against Rothstein in connection with allegations of his involvement in the so-called Class Clinic case at Sheba, which is a government-owned hospital.
That case arose out of accusations that doctors at Sheba, including the head of the hospital’s plastic surgery department, carried out surgery on private fee-generating patients in the morning hours at Sheba’s Class Clinic when private use of the hospital facilities by the doctors is not allowed. It is alleged that Rothstein was aware of the practice. Associates of Deputy Health Minister Ya’akov Litzman say they do not expect Weinstein to disapprove the Rothstein’s appointment at Hadassah.