(photo credit: Sourasky Medical Center)
After years of financial trouble, Jerusalem’s Bikur Cholim Hospital is now being
run “impressively” by the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Health Ministry
director-general Ronni Gamzu told The Jerusalem Post after visiting the downtown
institution on Wednesday.
“As long as I am director-general, I will not
allow the Bikur Cholim campus to close,” he added. “There is a need for
“I visited the hospital six months after my last visit, when there
was a serious danger of its closure and all the staffers were being dismissed,”
Gamzu said. “It is now four-and- a-half months since we chose Shaare Zedek to
take it over and run it, and I saw a stable institution that is being run in an
impressive manner. There are better medical standards than before.”
emergency room, which is being run by the private chain of TEREM urgent care
clinics, has twice as many people coming in for help, Gamzu said.
CT scan is being installed, and we intend next month to present Shaare Zedek
with a new license to run the two campuses as one unit. I visited the neonatal
intensive care unit, and it’s much better than before. There are 6,000 annual
deliveries, just as before,” the director-general said.
under Shaare Zedek management has fewer inpatient departments, but it offers
more ambulatory services and diagnostics. About 60 percent of the whole campus
of two buildings divided by the busy Strauss Street is
Located near the Geula quarter, the hospital has a largely
ultra-Orthodox patient population, especially in the field of
To accompany Gamzu on his tour and answer his
questions, all the senior executives of Shaare Zedek, including director-
general Prof. Jonathan Halevy, traveled to Bikur Cholim via light rail from the
first train station in the south to the center of town about seven stops away.