Professor Nancy Caroline
The Hospice of the Upper Galilee was established in 1994 by Professor Nancy Caroline, a Boston native. Nancy was an internist who specialized in emergency medicine; she immigrated to Israel in 1997 and was the medical head of Magen David Adom until 1982. That was the year she set out on a mission where she managed emergency services with the help of doctors flown in Africa.
Five years later she came back to Israel and settled in Metula. She began specializing in Oncology and in 1995 she established The Hospice of the Upper Galilee association, which provides palliative care for the population of the upper galilee and the golan heights. The hospice is a professional model for learning and application in different places around the world.
Professor Caroline was a world-renowned expert in palliative medicine and has won many awards, during her life and after her passing, including: Speaker of the Knesset prize for service for the state of Israel (1998); The Ministry of Health prize (1999); The exemplary title to a doctor on behalf of the Society for Medicine and Law in Israel which was awarded to her after her death (2003).
Together with Dr. Alexander Velar, from Hospice of Tel Hashomer, she wrote “Handbook of Palliative Care in Cancer”, which was translated into many languages and was even reissued in 2000.
With her passing in 2002, the name of the hospice was changed into The Hospice of the Upper Galilee named after Nancy Caroline.
The current staff of the hospice strives to follow Dr. Caroline’s footsteps to this day – by way of dedication, loyalty, responsibility and the love of people.