Eilat has the smallest general hospital in the country, but at least now the
first construction stage of a new emergency department has been completed. By
mid-2014, the old emergency facility will be renovated and integrated with the
new part so it covers 1,050 sq.m. – instead of the tiny 200-sq.m. in the old
Josephthal is owned by Clalit Health Services. Its
emergency department already handles 55,000 patient visits each year, with
between 10 and 200 patients daily. Tens of millions of shekels were invested by
Clalit in the new section, said health fund directorgeneral Eli
“Clalit has set as a strategic target the strengthening of
medicine and infrastructure at Josephthal,” he said, “so that the people of
Eilat and its environs [as well as tourists] get the level of medicine they
deserve.” The emergency room was designed to cope with the expected growth in
the city and changes in medical care in the coming years.
at a cost of NIS 24 million, partially donated by the Toronto Jewish Federation
and Keren Hayesod in Canada, will include 45 beds instead of the current nine.
Two trauma rooms, two intensive care rooms, two isolation rooms and four
pediatric beds will be established, along with examination and treatment
Privacy and esthetics will be main themes of the
The veteran emergency treatment facility had to cope some
years ago with a major terror attack on the Taba Hilton and two smaller ones at
Ras el-Satan, with a total of 168 wounded; the overturning of a bus full of
Russian tourists, in which 32 were hurt; and a chlorine leak from an Eilat hotel
that brought 140 victims to the hospital for inhalation of the chemical.
Hospital director-general Dr. Avi Goldberg and ER director Kobi Arad welcomed
the conclusion of the first stage of development.