If we had to describe Soroka’s mission in a few sentences, it would be to:

  • Serve as the major medical center for the entire southern region of Israel
  • Provide state-of-the-art healthcare services to all residents of the Negev
  • Offer patient-centered and family-centered medical services adapted to the unique needs of the population
  • Lead in professionalism, quality, competence, and accessibility
  • Promote health education and medical research
  • Nurture continual growth and excellence among the clinical staff and all hospital employees
  • Enhance cooperation with local community health services

History and Partnership

This is a mission we’ve carried with us since our founding, which began in the days of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, when what was to become Soroka was an army surgical hospital in the heart of Beersheva, treating wounded soldiers who fought and defeated the occupying Egyptian army. In the years following Israel’s Independence, Beersheva grew as a city, with waves of immigrants flooding in from Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Romania, and North Africa. The health of these new immigrants became a priority for Israel’s leadership. By 1955, with tens of thousands of residents in Beersheva and throughout Israel’s South in need of medical treatment and supervision, Moshe Soroka, turned to David Dubinsky, a leader of the American Jewish community and successful businessman,
who committed to providing a million dollar donation towards the founding of the hospital. In 1956, war broke out again with Egypt, and Soroka realized that the Israel Defense Force needed to be a partner in the planning of the new hospital, so that it also served the needs of the army and security needs of Israel’s citizens.

In 1959, Soroka Medical Center officially opened its doors to its first patients, who walked by a statue of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister.

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Soroka Medical Center
Rachel Heisler Sheinfeld
PO Box 184-H
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Telephone: 914725-9070
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