Shaare Zedek Becomes 'Trauma One' Center Following $5M Helmsley Grant

Jerusalem—The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced a $5 million grant to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel for the construction and equipping of a state-of-the-art neurological institute to be called the Helmsley Neurological Center.

The grant elevates Shaare Zedek Medical Center to a 'trauma one' center which will further strengthen its position in treating terror victims and seriously wounded patients sent from triage to trauma care, as well as patients suffering from stroke and other types of neurological trauma. Shaare Zedek is the hospital closest situated to downtown Jerusalem, and since the outbreak of terror attacks in September 2015 has treated 80% of victims attacked in the Jerusalem area. The Helmsley Neurological Center will enable Shaare Zedek to treat the most complicated trauma cases without having to transfer them to another hospital – saving valuable time, and ultimately lives.

Since beginning active grantmaking in 2010, Helmsley’s Israel Program has committed over $170 million to projects and organizations in Israel, including $23.5 million to projects in Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised Helmsley for its contribution in supporting medical and academic institutions in Jerusalem. 

“On behalf of the people of Jerusalem, I want to thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their investment in Jerusalem, which has allowed us to add a top-level trauma care center to the city. This significant contribution will strengthen the city of Jerusalem and greatly advance the medical care we give to residents and visitors in our city,” he said. 

“We are delighted to continue our support for Israel’s premier institutions in the fields of science, medical research, and academia. Shaare Zedek is a center of excellence and on the frontlines of saving lives,” said Sandor Frankel, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “We are proud that through our grant the Helmsley Neurological Center will be able to treat the most complicated cases of neurological trauma and strokes, making a real difference to the Jerusalem community and surrounding areas.”

“With the opening of the Helmsley Neurological Center, Shaare Zedek is positioned to best address the treatment of neurological disease and respond to traumatic head injuries resulting from accidents and terror attacks, while embracing new research studies for the betterment of medical practice both here in Israel and abroad,” said Professor Jonathan Halevy, Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. “Through the generosity of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, we can now promise an all-encompassing medical response for the greater Jerusalem community and further establish ourselves as a local and international leader in comprehensive patient care.”