Israel’s Minister of Health Visits Shaare Zedek

Health Minister Horowitz: “One could never imagine a Jerusalem and Israel without Shaare Zedek.”

Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem hosted a visit earlier today from Israel’s Minister of Health, Nitzan Horowitz. The visit, hosted by Shaare Zedek Director General Prof. Ofer Merin and President Prof. Jonathan Halevy, was also attended by senior hospital and ministry officials including the Ministry’s Director General, Prof. Nachman Ash.

As part of the visit, the delegation toured the new Helmsley Cancer Center, scheduled for completion in November 2022, as well as the expanded Emergency Medicine Department, which is similarly scheduled for opening later this year.

Prof. Merin outlined the hospital’s strategic development plan allowing him to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the hospital and the Jerusalem healthcare community in general.

Minister Horowitz responded saying, “one could never imagine what Jerusalem and Israel would be like without Shaare Zedek. This is a hospital with a remarkable history and a similarly bright future. I want to thank the Director General, the President, and all the staff for their dedication. I view Shaare Zedek as a hospital designed for the public in every way, and as one of the largest medical centers in the area that leads in many medical fields, our ministry and the government need to work to advance its forward development. This cancer center will represent an important step forward for the residents of Jerusalem. This visit allowed us to discuss many topics and we will work together with the hospital administration on a plan for long-term development both in terms of patient care and all other areas where we can be of assistance.”

Prof. Merin thanked the Minister and the Director General saying, “We are deeply appreciative of your close work with Shaare Zedek and we have benefited greatly from your partnership in supporting our forward development. Together we will work with the Ministry to continue to advance our hospital so as to best respond to the needs of the people of Jerusalem both today and for the future generations.”

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