The Bnai Zion Medical Center, located in Haifa in the north of Israel, is a beacon of hope in the region and provides excellent care to every patient, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. The much-needed services it offers include thousands of life-saving surgeries and rehabilitation programs. Yet, the Medical Center is within range of rocket attacks from Lebanon. Since the emergency room at the hospital is vulnerable, Bnai Zion is raising funds to build a new protected underground unit that will be fortified against nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks to ensure that all who need medical care can receive treatment in a secure facility.
“The situation is not if we’ll suffer another missile attack, but when. We must be prepared,” says Dr. Amnon Rofe, CEO of Bnai Zion Medical Center. In order to ensure that the Bnai Zion Medical Center can continue to deliver the highest level of care to its patients, Bnai Zion is raising 18 million dollars to fund the construction of a protected unit. This new state-of-the-art facility will be designed to have 30 beds, 2 trauma rooms, and 6 professional clinics, as well as a protected hospitalization department for ongoing care with 90 beds and a complete range of services, treatment rooms, doctors’ offices, a pharmacy, storage, and other features. Building a protected unit will have a lasting effect on the safety of the people of Haifa and ensure their access to high-quality medical care regardless of turmoil in the region.
Every year, more than 64,000 visits are made to Bnai Zion’s emergency department, where all patients, including citizens injured in terror attacks, receive exceptional medical care. These patients come from all walks of life and represent a multitude of races, religions, and nationalities; all are given the same access to cutting-edge treatments, promoting Bnai Zion’s vision of an inclusive and healthy Israel.
The Medical Center was the frontline hospital during the Second Lebanon War of 2006. In wartime and in peace, Bnai Zion Medical Center plays a crucial role in treating and rehabilitating those in need of medical care. Without a unit that is protected against potential nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks, the most vulnerable people in Haifa and the surrounding areas – those in need of medical attention – remain at risk.
Bnai Zion Medical Center, now approaching its 100th anniversary, was the first Jewish hospital in Northern Israel. Today, the staff and patients reflect the diversity of Haifa: Christian and Muslim Arabs, Druze, and Jewish physicians and staff work together every day as a united team, driven by a common goal: to provide the very best medical care to all members of the Haifa community.
BZMC is a full service facility, with departments and services not available in other hospitals in Northern Israel. The rehabilitation department provides a strategic asset to the IDF, as well as the region’s citizens, and the center for abused women has become a model for other institutions across the country. A preschool for blind children prepares students for integrated classroom learning with their peers by the time they enter kindergarten. BZMC maintains the highest standards of healthcare and consistently receives the highest marks in patient satisfaction according to national surveys. In fact, BZMC is the most sought-after hospital in the region for expecting mothers.
The Bnai Zion Medical Center has been a trusted partner for Bnai Zion’s projects. Recently, Bnai Zion has funded a neonatology and pediatric unit for the hospital. Construction of the Chais Building for child development was completed in September 2005. Today the Child Development Center is recognized as the region’s leading center for diagnosis and treatment of young children who have neurological-developmental challenges.
Fulfilling Our Mission
The Bnai Zion Medical Center furthers Bnai Zion’s mission of creating a more inclusive, healthy, vibrant Israel by providing high-quality medical care to Israel’s most vulnerable citizens. This important site remains a distinct target for enemy rockets. Building a protected ER now will ensure that, even in the event of an attack aimed at Haifa, Bnai Zion Medical Center can continue to save lives for many years to come.Donate