After four years of planning and construction, a new general intensive care
department and cardiothoracic surgery department opened in Beersheba’s growing
Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.
The new facilities, built and
equipped at an international standard, were made possible with a NIS 30 million
donation from the late businessman Sami Ofer.
The departments occupy more
than 3,000 square meters, almost twice the area that the previous departments
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews headed by Rabbi
Yechiel Eckstein contributed half a million dollars for new medical equipment,
while the hospital’s friends organization donated an additional NIS 2.5
Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee Silvan
Shalom, hospital director-general Ehud Davidson, cardiothoracic surgery
department head Prof. Gideon Sahar, head of the general intensive care unit Dr.
Motti Klein and others attended the ceremony.
Shalom noted that the
impressive new facilities are part of an effort to improve significantly
healthcare in the Negev and promote high-level medical research in the
A new CT scanner has already been purchased by his ministry, which
also helped establish a cancer research center at Soroka.
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