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The need for a governmental hospital in Beirut was an issue over 30 years ago.

On February 2, 1979 the Council of ministers released a decision to build a governmental hospital of 500 beds on a public owned property in Bir Hassan in Beirut based on technical studies made by the minister of Health and the Minister of Public Works and Transportation.

Construction works did not start until 1995 due to civil war and its consequences and it was finalized during 2000.


Since BGUH is a public institution its construction was financed by the Lebanese government through Ministry of Finance. Similar to all public constructions BGUH construction was handed to the Council of Development and Reconstruction – CDR- The construction and supplies of the hospital were financed by a low interest loan from the Saudi Development Fund and Islamic development Bank. The four auxiliary buildings’ construction was financed by a grant from King Fahed of Saudi Arabia in person.
All medical and non-medical equipments were purchased through Islamic Development Bank by a low interest loan.


The hospital is an independent public institution where it has its own board of directors and is under the custody of Ministry of Health which supervises the hospital’s function through its effective representative in the board - the government’s delegated member. Till date four Board of Directors were assigned on Sept. 2, 1998, June 25, 1999, January 14, 2002 and the current BOD on February 7, 2005.


On October 1, 2003 the first ten top management staff was employed and since then the hospital is continuously employing staff upon needs. Today, there is over 200 staff in administrative, medical, and paramedical departments who work over the clock for the launch of inpatient hospitalization to meet the full operation of the hospital in three years time.