SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER Director General, Prof. Yitshak Kreiss and IDF combat medics transport a severely wounded Syrian child to Sheba Medical Center..
(photo credit: COURTESY - SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER)
When US first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was given a “VIP” tour of what was then known as Tel Hashomer Hospital in the early 1950s by Prof. Chaim Sheba, the facility consisted of nothing more than a handful of ramshackle military barracks. Sheba explained to her how he wanted to raise enough funding to create a modern medical facility that could serve the needs of local citizens in the neophyte Jewish state.Nearly 70 years later, the sprawling 81-hectare Sheba Medical Center (renamed after Sheba, who died in 1971), not only tends to the needs of nearly 1.5 million people a year in central Israel, it has become the largest and most sophisticated hospital facility in the Middle East and is well on its way toward becoming a global medical superpower.
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