Helmsley Announces $5M Grant for New Operating Rooms at Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital in Israel

Grant will benefit half a million residents in Israel's southern periphery

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced a $5 million grant to Maccabi Healthcare Services for the new Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital.

The grant will provide eight operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and systems and will increase access to surgery and shorten wait times for up to half a million residents of Israel’s southern periphery. The first public hospital to be built in Israel in the last four decades, Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital will open June 2017 with the surgical department following in July 2017. The new hospital will serve residents of Israel’s south and reduce dependency on hospitals located farther from their homes.

Since 2010, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has committed over $170 million to projects and organizations in Israel. This grant for Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital continues Helmsley’s commitment to expanding access to healthcare facilities for residents in Israel’s periphery and builds on recent grants awarded to institutions including the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya, the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, the Pediatric Heart Institute at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, and to the establishment of the Ariel University Regional Medical Center. Helmsley also recently awarded $5 million to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Commenting on the grant, Sandor Frankel, a Helmsley Trustee, said:

“The Helmsley Charitable Trust is proud to support the expansion of quality medical services for all Israelis. The grant for Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital in southern Israel is the most recent of a series of grants awarded to hospitals in areas across the country and will help to ensure that all residents of Israel, including those in its periphery, have access to top-quality medical treatment and facilities. We feel privileged to play a role in enhancing the quality of life for thousands of the country’s most vulnerable families.”

Professor Joshua Shemer, Chairman of Assuta Medical Centers Network and Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital, said:

"Assuta’s vision is to offer the residents of Ashdod and the surrounding area world-class medical care with state-of-the-art technologies. Assuta Ashdod Public Hospital will be a university hospital, training Israel’s next generation of doctors together with Ben Gurion University’s medical school. The Helmsley Charitable Trust's generous grant will play a significant role in fulfilling our vision.”