Rafik Hariri University Hospital

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Coordinates: 33°51′48.65″N 35°29′28.60″E / 33.8635139°N 35.4912778°E / 33.8635139; 35.4912778

Rafik Hariri University Hospital
Lebanese governmental hospitals
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Rafik Harir University Hospital main entrance .jpg
Main entrance
Location Bir Hassan, Greater Beirut, Baabda, Lebanon
Care system Two-tier
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type General, teaching
Affiliated university Lebanese University
Standards Lebanese public hospitals accreditation
Emergency department Yes
Beds 544
Website http://www.bguh.gov.lb/
Lists Hospitals in Lebanon

The Rafik Hariri University Hospital (Arabic: مستشفى رفيق الحريري الجامعي‎, RHUH) – formerly known as Beirut Governmental University Hospital (BGUH) – is the largest Lebanese public hospital, located on the outskirts of southern Beirut. The hospital's main building has a maximal capacity of 544 hospital beds; it comprises a total of seven floors with three annex buildings a 50 bed hotel and four villas hosting staff dormitories, outpatient clinics and administrative services. The Hospital is affiliated with the Lebanese University.[1]


On February 2, 1979, the Lebanese government decided to build a governmental hospital with a 500-bed capacity on a publicly owned property in Bir Hassan, Beirut. The decision was based on technical studies made by the minister of Health and the Minister of Public Works and Transportation. Due to the advent of the Lebanese civil war, which significantly weakened the public health care sector, the construction project had to be postponed until 1995[2] when then prime minister Rafik Hariri laid the cornerstone; construction was finalized during 2000.[2] The hospital was inaugurated on August 2, 2004 with a cost of 121 million US dollars.[1]


The RHUH staff went on strikes on various occasions due to the repetitive delay in receiving their financial dues, the staff expressed consternation since the hospital's administration did not provide consistent causality for the delay in payment of their salaries which has been occurring for over a year since 2010. The hospital staff also complained that the hospital administration withdrew many benefits such as the social security school grants and withholds health insurance bills from its employees.[3]


  1. ^ a b Zahhar, Rima (2004-07-31). مستشفى بيروت الحكومي الاول في الشرق الأوسط. Elaph (in Arabic). Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  2. ^ a b RHUH. "OurHistory". bguh. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  3. ^ "الرواتب تتأخّر منذ سنة في مستشفى بيروت الجامعي جريدة الأخبار". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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