A nonprofit academic medical center, owned by the Orthodox Archdiocese of Beirut and is academically affiliated to the University of Balamand.

President of the board

H.E. Metropolitan Elias Audi


Mr. Nadim Abou Rizk

Ms. Helene Andrea

Mr. Roy Badaro

Mr. Moufid Barakat

Mrs. Ama Debbas

Mr. Robert Fadel

Mr. Edgard Fakhoury

Mr. Georges Karam

Mr. Nabil Khairallah

Dr. Atef Majdalani

Dr. Khalil Melki

Mr. Nabil Taleb, American Foundation for Saint George Hospital Representative

Mr. Wahbe Tamari

Mr. Khaled Tueini

CEO & Directors

Mr. Edgard Joujou, Chief Executive Officer 

Dr. Alexandre Nehme, Chief Medical Officer
Mr. Dimitri Haddad, Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Sami Haddad, Director of Project Management
Ms. Wafa Maalouf, Director of Nursing

Word from the CEO

Since 1878, Saint George Hospital has been supporting lives. A non-profit community hospital, Saint George has become synonynous with generosity and hope.

Founded by people who cared, their quest has been carried on through generations. Today, the hospital has grown up into a total healthcare institution, providing overall in-patient services to the community.

At the forefront of Medicine, Saint George Hospital is constantly in pursuit of excellence. The generosity of countless of supporters brought latest hight-tech equipment and made advanced interventions possible with some registered unprecedent breakthroughs in surgery.

The recent conflict in Lebanon did little to diminish the aim of the hospital. Faith and devotion of many who served unselfishly during the hardest of times, helped to rebuild the social fabric of the country and further exemplify the value of the hospital as a cornerstone for the community.

Many things have changed over the years, but Saint George Hospital is still committed to the challenge of helping to re-build the community in terms of healthcare, education, research, faith and heritage...committed to be supporter of life, in the name of compassion.

Mission, Vision & Values


Saint George Hospital University Medical Center is a nonprofit academic medical center, owned by the Orthodox Archdiocese of Beirut and is academically affiliated to the University of Balamand. It is committed to treat all patients with dignity, respect and compassion regardless of their religion, nationality, socioeconomic status and race. It provides quality healthcare services to the sick and indigent at the lowest possible cost.


To enhance our efforts towards excellence of service through:

- Seeking to continuously meet the hospital main goals in alignment with its quality policy.

- Seeking to consistently deliver high quality services to patients.

- Seeking to be a leader and referral center for healthcare services both nationally and regionally.

- Acting as a role model for Quality System application to influence the national healthcare system accrordingly.

- Seeking to participate in developing a healthcare policy in the country. 


- Compassion: We provide care with dignity, and empathy to our patients.

- Respect: We treat every patient with integrity, honesty, and fairness regardless of his/her religion, nationality, socioeconomic status and race.

- Commitment: We are commited to deliver high quality services to our patients.

- Teamwork: We work collaboratively with open communication and coordination among all departments to achieve the hospital vision and goals. 

- Safety: We maintain a secured and healthy environment for all staff, patients, and visitors within the hospital premises according to national laws and international standards.   

- Privacy: we protect the patients privacy and maintain the confidentiality of all their health information.

Quality Policy

Saint George Hospital University Medical Center is committed to achieve excellence in medical services through the implementation of healthcare quality standards. This commitment is translated through the implementation of national and/or international requirements of quality standards in healthcare accreditation. This coupled with our long years of experience, momentum and tradition, shall formulate our “quality concepts” in patient care. 

Being a tertiary referral University Medical Center, the hospital always tries to ensure that all its staff including physicians, share the common objectives set by the Board, and works hard to meet the patients' expectations and looks forward to increasing their satisfaction.

The hospital development process is designed to have a continuous input from all the hospital units and departments, using the appropriate quality management tools and methods to identify areas for improvement in order to meet the hospital mission and the strategic goals. 


Since its inception, Saint George Hospital University Medical Center (SGHUMC) has always believed that medicine is an act of care and compassion whereby patients, physicians and staff are at its core.

Based on the belief in meeting patient needs and transcending it to a memorable experience, the hospital has embarked in the 1990s on a continuous quality management journey starting with the ISO 9000 family and eventually adopted the National Hospital Accreditation scheme to be excellently awarded accreditation since 2001.



University of Balamand

Saint George Hospital University Medical Center guarantees professional and specialized service for its active role in education and academic advancement.

Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Health Sciences



CAP-HO Comité d’Aide aux Enfants Hospitalisés

“This is a story of hope, one that will restore your faith in humanity”



House to Hospital


It all began in 1878  with a philanthropic association recognized by the Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut under the name of Aid Committee to Assist Needy Patients. The first hospital was founded in 1878 in Gemayze-Gouraud. It was made of a single room belonging to Mr. Panayot Fakhoury, a member of the Aid Committee to Assist Needy Patient, who donated a single room in his Gemayze home to be used as a clinic and in-patient facility. In 1880, Panayot Fakhoury added a second room as an extension to the first one. In this nascent hospital, 416 patients received healthcare, among whom 18 were hospitalized.

In 1881 Archbishop Gofrael Chatila gave it the name of “Saint George for the Orthodox”. This year, the number of patients reached 2000. To cope with the patient load, a hospital of six rooms was constructed in 1883. Six doctors worked tirelessly, three of whom were American citizens headed by Dr. Cornelius Van Dyck. 

Time to Grow


As the hospital reputation grew, so did patient demand. This led to the construction of a 90 bed hospital which saw completion in 1913. The philanthropic society and the "Waqf" of the Saint George Church secured funds for the new site.

The hospital was confiscated by the French authorities between 1919 and 1923. During this time it was used as a teaching center affiliated to the Saint Joseph (French) School of Medicine. 

Further Expansion


To meet the high demands of caring for a much bigger flow of patients, the hospital once again had no choice but to expand. A new 275 bed facility was completed in 1966. 

War Begins


This year saw the start of an era of hardship in Lebanon. Internal conflicts and terror demolished most of the country’s infrastructure. Deaths and casualties were many. People bonded together and helped each other to get through the suffering.

Saint George Hospital did not close its doors at all. Quite the opposite, there were times when surgery was performed in hallways due to lack of space. Clean drinking water and food for the elderly were distributed to homes. 

Diamond Jubilee


In the midst of the unrest and with a delay of five years due to internal conflicts, the hospital marked its centennial anniversary.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Elias Audi truly described the spirit of the hospital 
and its mission with the words "it is not by accident that we are in this part of the world, but a living witness to His Glory. We shall stay, serve and preserve unto the end by the Grace of God". 

New Services

1984 – 1987

As the conflict continued its rage and ravage, the struggle to provide quality care and service continued. During these years three major services became available at the hospital: CT Scan, Open Heart Surgery and Quality Assurance. 

New Horizons

1991 - 2001

The country's struggle ended in 1990. Peace brought with it the opportunity to inject new high tech services into the hospital, such as:

• IVF ( In-Vitro Fertilization)
• MRI ( Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
• Kidney Transplant Unit
• Endovascular Unit
• Osteodensitometry
• Molecular Biology Laboratory
• Quality Systems for
Health Care - National Accreditation Award
• Post-Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training Program / Balamand University) 

Year Anniversary

2003 – 125th

A year full of events to celebrate 125 years of service to the community.

A year to be remembered by many who participated in some of the 24 activities ranging from conferences to cultural events, concerts, recitals, a photo contest, a walkathon, a health fair and planting of trees. A year that culminated on April 23, 2004 with a Gala Evening dinner held at the Phoenicia Hotel. 

Inauguration of the New Extension & New Services

2004 – 2009

The stone laid down during the ground-breaking ceremony in February 1998 yielded a new 200 bed hospital in June 2004 which became fully operational in June 2005 (Phase I). The following new high tech equipments were added to the 2001 acquisitions:
 Advanced Densitometry Unit
• Audiometry
• Cardiac Catheterization and Angioplasty
• Cochlear Implant Center
• Electro
-Physiology Unit
• Emergency Medical Center
• Endoscopy Center
• Enhanced Sleep Apnea Unit
• Genetic Unit
• New Flat Panel X
-Ray Machine
New Multi-Slice CT-Scan
• New Physiotherapy Center with Hydrotherapy
• Speech Therapy Unit
• Telemedicine 

Inauguration of new Floors (Phase II)

2010 – 2013

Helipad & New Services

• Bariatric Surgery Unit
• Geriatric Unit
• Helipad for trauma and emerg
ency cases needing rapid evacuation by helicopter
• Pediatric Neurometabolic Unit 

Strategic Plan


The hospital 5 years strategic plan identified the following areas in accordance with its vision to enhance excellence in medical services:

Cardiology Center and Physiology Clinic
• Children’s Hospital
• Health Tourism Office and Services
• Neuro
-Science Unit
• Oncology Center including Pet Ct-Scan and Radiotherapy 

Location on the map