Soroka Medical Center is one of Israel’s most active and advanced hospitals, and the only major medical center in the Negev. Soroka cares for a population of more than one million people including 400,000 children.
Since the ongoing hostilities in Gaza, the medical center has been operating under the threat of missiles and rockets launched by Gaza-based terrorist organizations. The tension reached a climax with Operation Cast Lead which began on Hanukkah, in December 2008.
Just before IDF ground forces went into Gaza, Soroka shifted to emergency mode and made ready for the potential intake of a massive number of military casualties and civilians hit by rockets on the home front.
Missiles scored direct hits in Beer Sheva, as well as in other cities and towns in the Negev, and Soroka had to operate under direct enemy fire.
During the war, and under attack, we cared for more than 600 wounded, including 226 soldiers wounded on the front.
Soroka has only 8 fortified (protected from missile attack) operating rooms. During the war in Gaza, they operated round the clock.
The huge overload forced us to operate in underground and outdated ORs dating from the 1960s, which had recently served as storerooms. This was a no-choice, resourceful and lifesaving response.
The old ORs are unfit for 21st century medicine, and cannot serve as a permanent solution during emergencies.
The Future OR's
The Medical Center has designated an area for the construction of 5 additional fortified operating rooms to be built according to the latest medical and security standards. The shell has already been constructed and stands ready awaiting completion of the OR's themselves.
"It is urgent that we upgrade the level of protection against missiles for critical locations in the medical center, to ensure that our facilities and ability to save lives stand ready for any contingency and for all emergencies. Time is of critical essence and delay is inconceivable. This is not a luxury. It is a necessity to save lives." Dr. Michael Sherf, Director General, Soroka Medical Center
The cost of completing the 5 fortified operating room is $7,500,000 including both construction and equipment.
Donation and Donor Recognition
Each new fortified OR can be named for a gift of $1,000,000.
The larger OR can be named for the gift of $1,500,000.
The entire new fortified OR complex can be named for a gift of $5,000,000.
Full and prominent donor recognition will be provided at both the new OR's and on the Donors Wall of Honor at Soroka Medical Center, in addition to a dignified public dedication and naming ceremony.