Rambam Health Care Campus
|Rambam Health Care Campus|
|Location||Bat Galim, Haifa, Israel|
|Funding||Public, Government, and Non-Profit|
|Hospital type||Tertiary Referral Center for Northern Israel|
|Affiliated university||Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel|
|Emergency department||Level I trauma center|
|Lists||Hospitals in Israel|
Rambam Health Care Campus (Hebrew: רמב"ם - הקריה הרפואית לבריאות האדם), or Rambam Hospital, is a hospital in the Bat Galim neighborhood of Haifa, Israel. The largest medical center in northern Israel and fifth largest in Israel, it is named for the 12th century physician-philosopher Rabbi Moshe Ben-Maimon (Maimonides), known as the Rambam.
Rambam Hospital serves as a referral medical center and Level I trauma center, employing a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment. Some 75,000 people are hospitalized there every year, and another 500,000 are treated in its outpatient clinics and medical institutes. The Technion's medical school is located adjacent to the hospital. The medical center has 36 departments with 1000 beds, 45 medical units, 9 institutes, 6 laboratories and 30 administrative and maintenance departments. Comprehensive services for all of northern Israel include trauma treatment, oncology, and neurosurgery.
As an academic hospital, it engages in teaching and research collaboration with the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Meyer Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital dedicated exclusively to pediatric medicine in northern Israel, is located on the Rambam Health Care Campus. It was established in 1986 to treat children aged 0–16.
Rambam Hospital was established in 1938 during the British Mandate. It was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of Palestine Sir Harold MacMichael as a 225-bed facility. It was originally known as the British Government Hospital of Haifa. Bauhaus architect Erich Mendelsohn was commissioned to design the building on a half-moon shaped headland at the foot of Mount Carmel, northwest of Haifa Port. After the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the hospital was renamed Rambam, the acronym for Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon (Maimonides).
The new hospital had departments in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and clinics for venereal diseases and active tuberculosis. The December 23, 1938 edition of the Palestine Post wrote: "High Commissioner opens new government hospital in Haifa: Describes it as 'the finest medical institution in the Middle East.'"
In 2012, the hospital banned the sale of tobacco products in shops, kiosks and vending machines on its campus.
In honor of its 75th anniversary, the hospital received a $10 million donation gift from multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha" and one of the world's long-time wealthiest individuals, on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day; Buffett's approximate earnings in a 24-hour period in 2013 amounted to about $37 million for comparison). The gift was announced by Eitan Wertheimer, an Israeli whose family's Iscar Metalworking Company business had been partially (2006; 80%, for $4 billion), and then fully, acquired (May 2013; the remaining 20%, for $2.05 billion), by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
In 2013, Rambam physicians performed the first ablation of the brain in a patient with essential tremor (ET) employing MRIguided ultrasound instead of surgery.
Leading Departments at Rambam Health Care Campus include oncology and hemato-oncology, cardiac surgery, orthopedics, and Neurosurgery. Rambam is the only provider of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and brachiotherapy in Northern Israel. Other services unique to hospitals in Northern Israel include robotic surgery.
Rambam also has a Department of International Medicine, established in 1995. The large number of patients received from the former Soviet Union has led to the hospital providing a separate Russian-language website for this department. Rambam's medical tourism center is one of the largest in Israel.
Since 2007 Rambam Health Care Campus has been undergoing a major development effort in order to better meet the needs of the population it serves. This includes upgrading patient services, creation of new facilities, and construction of a fortified hospital for the safety of patients during times of extreme emergency. As of 2013, this project is still under way.
- Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital
- In October 2010, work began on a fortified emergency underground hospital designed to withstand conventional, chemical, and biological attacks. Planning for this project began in 2007. The project includes a three-floor parking lot that can be transformed within 72 hours into a 2,000-bed hospital. Made possible through a donation by the late Sammy Ofer, the hospital will be able to generate its own power and store enough oxygen, drinking water and medical supplies for up to three days.
- Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital
- This nine-story hospital, named for Ruth Rappaport—wife of banker and financier Bruce Rappaport—will replace the current Meyer Children's Hospital, providing additional pediatric facilities. In addition to new patient wards, there will be a museum, classrooms and a movie theater.
- Joseph Fishman Oncology Center
- Named for and partially funded by the late Joseph Fishman, this facility will upgrade services for cancer patients, including expanded alternative and complementary medicine for treating cancer and its side-effects.
- Cardiovascular Hospital
- This facility will offer an integrated model for cardiovascular care. It will also house research laboratories and offer cardiovascular risk-reduction programs.
- Biomedical Discovery Tower
- The goal of this building is to provide a venue for clinical and basic research essential for progress in medicine.
- Ayala Hurwicz (2007-05-07). "Sheba - Largest Hospital in Israel" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- About Rambam Hospital
- Facts and Figures
- The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
- Meyer Children's Hospital
- American Friends of Rambam Health Care Campus: Past, Present & Future
- Rambam: 70 Years of Achievement
- Rambam bans cigarette sales at hospital, Jerusalem Post
- Rambam Medical Center claims Israeli breakthrough in treating essential tremor
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- Siegel-Itzkovich, Judy (June 3, 2012). "Rambam parking lot will serve as hospital". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Rambam Hospital in Haifa begins construction of World’s Largest Underground Hospital Facility