Orna Blondheim /
Health Policy Program Fellow
Dr. Orna Blondheim was first appointed CEO of a hospital in Israel when she became CEO of Schneider Children’s Medical Center. Prior to heading Schneider, she had served as Deputy CEO of the Emek Medical Center. In 2003, she was appointed CEO of the Emek Medical Center, a position she held until her retirement in 2019.
She had many accomplishments during her tenure, some of the most important were building a new multi-purpose building, opening two internal medicine departments, and a rehabilitation ward. In addition, she established a human resources and training center and a well-equipped research center. Most recently she started the construction of a modern cancer center which will be named for Dr. S. Katzman.
The Emek Medical Center was the first Israeli hospital to be awarded an international certification (JCI) for quality and safety and to internalize a method for medical self-debriefing similar to the one used by the Israeli Air Force. Orna graduated from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and decided to settle in the Galilee, guided by the ideology of a stronger periphery and the bridging of gaps in Israeli society. She is trained as a pediatrician and then specialized in neonatal and preterm intensive care in the United States.