Dr. Michael (Miki) Halberthal, who most recently served as Deputy Director of Rambam, has been appointed Director General and CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus. Dr. Halberthal’s appointment will officially begin March 1, 2019, replacing Professor Rafael (Rafi) Beyar, who served as Rambam's director for the last 13 years and has retired from that position. Dr. Halberthal, 60, married and a father of four from Zichron Yaakov, becomes the ninth director of Northern Israel’s largest hospital.
Dr. Halberthal studied medicine at the Technion Medical School, followed by a fellowship in England in 1992, and at Children's Hospital in Toronto in 1996. Dr. Halberthal has specialized in three areas during his 32 years at Rambam: pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, and medical administration. He received an MHA from the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration/Faculty of Management at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Halberthal served for many years in the reserves as an airborne operations doctor in the air force.
Since 2001, Dr. Halberthal has been in charge of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Rambam, which he established. In 2009, he joined the Rambam management team, and in 2013 began to serve as Deputy Director. His main duties in this latter capacity were: responsibility for the doctors, manager of related medical fields, director of Quality, Safety and Risk Management; chairman of the International Center for Trauma Studies, preparations for emergency and mass casualty situations, as well as serving as a member of the hospital emergency staff. In addition to his many roles at Rambam, Dr. Halberthal was recently appointed Clinical-educator Assistant Professor in the Technion’s The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.
Among Dr. Halberthal’s professional interests and achievements are establishment of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Rambam, establishment of the hospital’s Directorate for Quality, Safety and Risk Management together with implementation of related processes into the organizational culture, and promotion of the field of medical administration within the framework of his position as chairman of the Medical Management Association.
"Ten years ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the management of Rambam Health Care Campus, and aside from the need to learn a new profession, since management is a profession in every respect, this process has been accompanied by the privilege of working with amazing, fascinating members of management who are completely invested in the patients and public health,” remarked Dr. Halberthal as he prepared for his new position. "I learned a tremendous amount from Professor Beyar, and deeply appreciate his work and activities on behalf of Rambam and the residents of the north. We have quite a few challenges ahead of us, and I am confident we will meet all of them, as we have done so far, thanks to our wonderful employees and excellent staff, and for the wellbeing of our patients."
Following his retirement as director, Professor Beyar will continue to be actively involved in his new position as “International President, Friends of Rambam Health Care Campus, and Chairman, Founding Committee, Helmsley Health Discovery Tower.”