Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center

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Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center
Location Tzrifin, Israel
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Beds 800
Founded 1918
Lists Hospitals in Israel

Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, also known as Assaf HaRofeh Hospital, is a hospital in Israel.[1] It sits on a 60-acre (24 ha) campus, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport.[1]


The Medical Center is named after "Assaf The Physician", who authored the Jewish physician's oath 1,500 years ago, and authored the world's oldest known medical text.[2][3]

Its first known existence was in 1918, when the British conquered the area from the Turks during the First World War.[2] A British Army camp used it as a military hospital before the creation of the State of Israel.[2] Upon Israel's creation, it was converted into an Israeli hospital.[2]

In July 2008, when Israeli Olympic fencer Delila Hatuel tore her torn knee ligaments one month prior to the Olympics, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), she almost missed out on participating in the Olympics.[4] However, after she underwent treatment in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, which is the largest such chamber in the Middle East, she was able to compete the following month in Beijing, as exposure to oxygen under high pressure speeds up the body's natural healing process.[4]


It is one of Israel's largest hospitals, with 800 beds.[1][5] It serves over 370,000 people in Central Israel.[1][5]

The hospital provides major services and emergency, intensive care, general medical, surgical, cardiac, pediatric, neonatal, gynecological, and obstetric medical services.[1][5] It is an academic teaching facility and is part of the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine.[1] On its grounds are the first and largest Israeli academic nursing school and the oldest Israeli school of physiotherapy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Assaf Harofeh Medical Center – About AHMC". Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Assaf Harofeh Medical Center". Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Aaron Parry (2004). The complete idiot's guide to the Talmud. Penguin. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Judy Siegal-Itzkovich. "Health Scan; Defeating the Disease". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Josef Woodman (2008). Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 

Coordinates: 31°57′59.76″N 34°50′23.21″E / 31.9666000°N 34.8397806°E / 31.9666000; 34.8397806