The new Soroka Medical Center – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Joint Research Institute will achieve significant diagnostic and therapeutic breakthroughs by combining excellent scientific research with bedside experience and insights that will have substantial positive impact on local and international health and wellbeing. The Institute will attract top physicians and medical researchers to the Negev, ensuring Soroka and Ben-Gurion University’s places among the leading medical research institutions in the world.
There are currently 176,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, with 7,800 in Be’er Sheva, and thousands more in the surrounding cities. Soroka Medical Center devotes extensive resources to support the medical needs of this community with great sensitivity and continually seeks ways to improve their comfort, and physical and mental.
In order to bridge the tremendous gap that exists in rehabilitation medicine in the Negev, Soroka will establish a new Rehabilitation Medicine Department. A rehabilitation facility at Soroka Medical Center is essential as a supplementary and continuous service for patients from the Trauma Unit, hospital wards, and outpatient services. Many patients will be referred directly to the Rehabilitation Medicine Department for continued treatment directly from hospital wards, including Neurology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, and Plastic Surgery (burns).
At the only major medical center for the entire Negev, Soroka Medical Center, our Department of Emergency Medicine and Trauma faces unique challenges. Soroka is one of Israel’s largest, most active, and most strategically significant hospitals, serving more than 1 million residents in a region that comprises 60% of the country’s land area. When opened in its new format in 2001, the ER and Trauma Unit at Soroka was the most expensive and modern such facility in the country. Even then it was extremely busy and crowded. Today, it has become the busiest and most crowded in Israel, with more than 200,000 visits annually, and it is safe to say that few, if any, ERs around the world have a comparable scope of activity
The History of the Star of David art installation gives life to a rich history of the Jewish people’s triumphs and struggles, offering hope and promise for our future survival—the perfect counterpart to our live-saving mission at Soroka. We are passionate about the healing power of ART, and the POWER of this project to support our new Cancer Center.
Spiritual health is a vital part of a patient’s profile and recovery. Research has determined that spiritual counseling addresses patients’ spiritual needs and is associated with results desired by any caregiver: a higher quality of life, less fear and anxiety, and a general feeling of peace.