Soroka Medical Center

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Soroka Medical Center, Beersheba

Soroka Medical Center is a hospital in Beersheba, Israel. It is the largest medical center in southern region of the country, and the fourth largest in Israel with approximately 1000 beds.[1] It is owned by Clalit, the largest Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in Israel. Soroka provides medical care to members of all populations in the region, including Negev Bedouins and Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.[2] It is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev whose campus is adjacent to the hospital.

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Soroka Hospital, 1959
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The Beersheba Hospital of Kupat Holim (later Soroka Medical Center), designed in 1955 as a 250-bed hospital, grew into a 1,200-bed medical facility serving the south of the country, including the Negev region. A major American union, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, headed by David Dubinsky, pledged in late 1955 to give a million-dollar gift, over four years, to establish a hospital in the Negev region, which was to be operated by the Histadrut, Israel's General Federation of Labor, which at the time had a close working relationship with Kupat Holim, Israel's sick fund. According to press reports at the time, Dubinsky had indicated that the ILGWU might make a further $500,000 available to the hospital after the $1,000,000 contribution was completed, as the estimated construction cost was $1,500,000.[3]

Soroka Medical Center is a pavilion-type hospital with medical facilities and wards concentrated in one multi-story block. Climate considerations led to the adoption of a loose grid design of patio gardens and pavilions connected to the main building by pergolas. The hospital area was surrounded by a green belt of pepper trees and sycamores to protect the complex from sand and dust storms.[4]

A state of the art pediatric facility at Soroka was funded by Haim Saban, who donated $14 million.[5]

Due to Soroka Medical Center's strategic location in the Negev region, it was the primary hospital that treated casualties during Operation Cast Lead.[6] In September 2011, Soroka treated victims of a barrage of missiles from the Gaza Strip. Jon Voight visited Soroka during this time to show his solidarity with Israel.[7]

In 2013, Ehud Davidson was named director-general of the hospital replacing Michael Scherf, who held the post for six years.[8]

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Coordinates: 31°15′31.67″N 34°48′5.44″E / 31.2587972°N 34.8015111°E / 31.2587972; 34.8015111