After 4 years of planning, developing, and construction, Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, hosted the opening ceremony of the newly expanded Department of Emergency Medicine. Dignitaries like Mayor Moshe Lion and Health Minister Moshe Arbel attended this celebration. Shaare Zedek’s Trauma Center experiences annual patient admissions of over 100,000, with a ten percent yearly increase.
The event also marked the 20th anniversary of Dr. David Applebaum’s tragic death, the former Director of the Emergency Department, who pioneered Israeli emergency medicine. His daughter, now a nurse at the hospital, praised the department’s commitment to personalized care.
Funding for the project came from various sources, with limited funding from the Israeli government, donors worldwide allowed this expansion to occur. The expanded facility aims to improve patient mobility and admission speed, with support from the Cross River Ambulance Bay.
Mayor Moshe Lion praised the expansion for reducing waiting times and overcrowding, and the hospital’s Director General, Prof. Ofer Merin, emphasized a commitment to better patient experiences. The President of Shaare Zedek, Prof. Jonathan Halevy, acknowledged donors and Health Minister Moshe Arbel lauded the department’s patient-centred approach.
The celebration concluded with a concert featuring musical star Akiva, uniting hospital staff and patients in commemorating the milestone.
This expansion is just the beginning, there is a lot more left to do to ensure that Shaare Zedek stays at the forefront of medicine and continues to provide world class care. It is because of you, that we can continue making an impact not just in Israel but in Canada, and worldwide. Together we are saving, delivering, and changing lives.