The location of a hospital in a rural region: The case of the Negev

Zilla Sinuany-Stern, Abraham Mehrez, Arad Geva Tal, Binyamin Shemuel

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This paper reports on the strategic planning of hospital services in the Negev region of Israel, a sparsely populated region experiencing rapid population growth. One of the questions that concerned the decision-makers was whether to increase the medical services in the area by expanding the existing hospital or by building an additional one. The suggestion to build a new hospital raised questions of location. The purpose of this paper is to address this problem. Objective and subjective approaches were employed in a three-stage procedure in order to find the best location. First the problem was analyzed using established location models to generate a set of candidate locations. In the next stages experts evaluated the alternative locations by employing a subjective multicriteria model-the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). Finally, a recommended solution was presented and analyzed in light of the strategic plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalLocation Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995


  • AHP
  • Multicriteria location
  • hospital location

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation


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