Bnai Zion Medical Center Receives $3 Million Grant to Fortify Emergency Department and Underground Hospitalization Department

New facilities to increase emergency room capacity and offer the most advanced technology, fully functional in times of emergency 

HAIFA, ISRAEL—Bnai Zion Medical Center, located in Israel’s third largest city, Haifa, is the only hospital in the rocket-stricken region around Haifa that has not yet been protected and fortified against the standing rocket threat. A $3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will enable the hospital, which was founded in 1922, to significantly increase the capacity of its current emergency room facilities, introduce advanced technology, and remain fully operational in times of emergency.

Spanning over 1,540-square meters, the enlarged Emergency Department will accommodate 35 beds, and 53 beds in emergency situations.

The new Underground Hospitalization Department, spanning over 1,870-square meters, will accommodate 58 beds and offer a complete range of medical services in times of emergency.

As a government-owned and operated hospital, Bnai Zion’s partner in completing the project is the Ministry of Health, which will oversee the tender process and will work closely with the hospital’s staff to manage the project.

Dr. Amnon Rofe, Bnai Zion Medical Center's CEO, commented: "It's not a matter of if, but of when the next attack will come, making the Fortified Emergency Room and Underground Hospitalization Department our top priority. On behalf of the Bnai Zion Medical Center, I am very grateful for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s generous gift that allows us to achieve this important goal and protect our staff and patients, at all times.”

Commenting on the grant, Sandor Frankel, a Helmsley Trustee, said: “The Helmsley Charitable Trust is proud to continue to support medical institutions across Israel, especially in the north and south to serve the diverse population in the country with the most advanced technologies available, in all regions and at all times. Thanks to the unique design for the new Emergency Department and Underground Hospitalization Department, devised in consultation with medical professionals experienced in treating terrorism victims, the hospital will be able to continue to treat patients seamlessly even during times of emergency.”


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