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500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus Christ, one special door is open to poor and expectant mothers.

Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation announced that Katherine Griffin Hand has joined the FoundationKatie Griffin Hand as the Executive Director. Hand brings to the Foundation two decades of leadership throughout the philanthropic realm and a strong track record of fundraising successes.

Before her role at Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, Hand served in a leadership capacity building high-impact development programs for a range of organizations, to include National Defense University Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; and as a consultant to mission-driven organizations such as the Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, Atlantic Council, Inter-American Dialogue, among numerous others. Hand holds a B.A. in Economics from Denison University, has studied at the London School of Economics, and has done graduate work at Georgetown University and Catholic University of America.

Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation is excited about this new chapter and is happy to have Katie and her many years of experience leading the way. Welcome Katie!

To read the full press release click HERE.


Blessed Pope John Paul II named Holy Family Hospital one of the top 100 priorities for the Roman Catholic Church in the new millennium.

Holy Family Hospital is the only hospital in the West Bank providing: neo-natal intensive care, over 45 well woman programs, and long term hospitalization for high risk mothers.  Outreach programs such as the diabetes clinic and mobile van care for populations that have been neglected and untreated.

Palestinian women have for decades faced a multitude of health risks: restricted access to medical services due to occupation, a deteriorating economic situation, traditional cultural beliefs, and lack of adequate services.

A Christian Presence in Palestine

Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region, four United Nations refugee camps and Bedouin encampments in the desert. Offering the poorest and most defenseless families a place of refuge, a place of promise and a place equipped to save their lives.


Did You Know?

  • The barrier wall is approximately 258 miles long restricting movement and access to jobs, healthcare and goods.
  • Holy Family Hospital employs 139 people. It is common that up to 18 members of a given family are dependent on a single salary of a hospital employee.
  • There are approximately 600 checkpoints in the West Bank, restricting movement between cities for Palestinian people.
  • 18% of the population is under the poverty line.

Ever since I was in school I have liked to help people and my dream was to work in a maternity hospital. I like to help pregnant women and I like babies. I am very lucky to work here.

- Mary Moah, Social Worker, Caregivers