Rambam hospital has been synonymous with superb professional healthcare, comprehensive and loving health teams, innovative medical practices alongside a thriving co-existence among its co-workers and patients.
Since its inception, Rambam hospital in Haifa’s Bat Galim neighborhood has been synonymous with superb professional healthcare, comprehensive and loving health teams, innovative medical practices alongside a thriving co-existence among its co-workers and patients.
The hospital, which is in fact a sprawling campus, offers slightly over 1,000 beds that serve over 2 million residents in Northern Israel. It also operates the biggest and most modern underground hospital in the world during times of war or disaster, further providing 2000 beds. The underground hospital truly is a state-of-the-art facility and features the transformation of the underground parking lot into a self-sustained facility that is safe from, chemical and biological threat. The underground hospital concept that was spearheaded by Rambam leadership following the second Lebanon war in 2006, where Rambam and Haifa suffered an intense rocket attack, was an extremely complex project, one of its kinds in the world and the municipality was instrumental in pushing the project forward and alleviating the strains of red tape. Mayor Yahav has taken the hospital’s development under his wing and has helped speed numerous processes along in as far as facilitating the expansion of the campus, and improving access and surrounding infrastructure.
To fully understand Rambam’s unique position, we must see it in the context of its partnerships with both the academic world, primarily the Technion as well as many of the world’s leading technological companies that operate their R&D in Haifa’s Silicon Valley such as Elbit, General Electric, Phillips, Biosense- Cordis, Given Imaging and many more companies. Professor Rafi Beyar, the Director and CEO of the Health Care Campus says “I am seeing an increasing integration of the relationship between medical education and biomedical research—with one of my goals being the advancement of excellence in health care. There are numerous instances where Rambam physicians have inspired scientists and engineers in the development of new treatments and technologies which have improved health care. If medicine has flourished in recent decades at an increasing rate, the next few years are likely to lead to even faster discoveries and innovations and expose new areas at the forefront of technological achievements.”
The Technion’s Ruth and Baruch Rappaport Faculty of medicine is located on the adjacent health campus and the ties and collaborations between the two premiere institutions run very deep. Prof. Peretz Lavie, the current president of the Technion was the former dean of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and is considered one of the world’s authorities in sleep disorders. Rambam is the major academic clinical field for training our future physicians and health professionals. Rambam frequently is the first medical institution in the country (and the world) to test out new technologies developed by the Technion’s technical departments.
Rambam boasts a diverse workforce that is home to Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze—religious and secular—and embodies values of tolerance and co-existence for all of Israel and the Middle East. At all times there are patients and medical staff from the Palestinian authorities, children with cancer or with kidney disease from Gaza and wounded children and citizens of Syria which were caught in the longstanding conflicts there and seek medical comfort in Israel.
The Health Care Campus was recently ranked as one of the most recommended hospitals in Israel in all the major health disciplines. In addition to the citizens of Northern Israel, Rambam serves the Israel Defense Forces Northern Command, UN Peacekeeping Forces, and the US 6th Fleet. Many of Rambam’s physicians are world renowned in their clinical specialty. Physicians participate in cutting-edge research projects to bring new therapies and treatments not only to their patients, but the greater community of the world.
The hospital’s campus has become the focal point of the entire Bat Galim neighborhood, which is one of the most picturesque in the city but has yet to reach its full potential. With the recent expansions of the campus, the neighborhood is set to lunge forward in terms of development and is already seeing an influx of citizens, many of them medical students as well as a number of citizens even from Tel Aviv who are drawn to the beaches and affordable opportunities as well as the proximity to the train.