children's wing at kaplan hospital.
(photo credit: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)
Two important medical facilities were launched on Monday – a children’s hospital
at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center opened and the cornerstone was laid at an
Ashdod hospital to be opened in five years.
Both sites are within
shooting range of Grad rockets from Gaza. The four-story children’s wing has
been built to very high standards, medically, aesthetically and defensively,
with reinforcement, generators and air filtration.
Children in the wards
throughout the building’s 9,000 square meters of space may communicate with the
medical staff, order lunch and participate in classes via advanced multimedia
equipment at their bedside. Only two beds are in each room. The original
hospital building was constructed in metalwalled huts in 1953. A major donation
from the Legacy Foundation to Kaplan’s owner, Clalit Health Services, made the
Prime Minister and formally Health Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu sent his greetings to management, noting that 700,000 residents in the
area will be served by the facility in times of quiet and in
emergency. Hospital director Dr. Ya’acov Yahav said the children’s
building is a “revolution” in pediatric medicine under one
Meanwhile, the port city of Ashdod had a glimpse of what is due to
become it’s first hospital, which in five years will serve an area population of
300,000. The public hospital will be owned and run by the private Assuta Medical
Centers, which has been allowed by the government to offer certain private
medical services there as well. It will cost Assuta NIS 650 million and
have 300 inpatient beds.
Assuta chairman Prof. Yehoshua Shemer,
directorgeneral Dr. Eitan Hai-Am, Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasry and others laid the
cornerstone. Shemer, a former Health Ministry director-general, said
Ashdod will have the most advanced hospital in the country when it opens. Lasry
said some 1,000 residents will have jobs at the hospital, which will be
university affiliated. Rahel Shmueli, a lawyer, is director- general of the