Standing majestic in the heart of Jerusalem, Shaare Zedek Medical Center has always played an important role in the life of the city and its mixed population
Shaare Zedek is a multi-disciplinary medical center, the largest in Jerusalem, offering advanced services in most specialties. With a constant commitment to developing increasingly innovative means to provide our patients with the best possible care, the 1000-bed facility treats hundreds of thousands of patients per year in its thirty inpatient departments and 70 out-patient departments and units.
Since 1902 Shaare Zedek Medical Center has been providing top-level medical care for the people of Jerusalem. Since opening its doors as a 20-bed hospital on Jaffa Road, the hospital has provided services crucial to the city’s development. Named after the inspiring biblical term “Gates of Righteousness,” Shaare Zedek has responded to the needs of Jerusalem’s uniquely diverse population from its very first day of operation, treating patients of every race, religion and nationality.
Thoughtfully combining a healthy blend of advanced medicine with compassionate care, the hospital has become recognized as a highly sought after medical provider throughout Jerusalem, Israel and the broader medical community.
Bikur Cholim - the city-center campus
Bikur Cholim hospital was annexed to Shaare Zedek in 2013. Today it is an integral part of the hospital and is subject to the same rules and regulations.
The historic building holds two maternity wards and nurseries, a NICU, a department of internal medicine, a gastroenterology institute and several outpatient clinics. In addition, a clinic of Terem - Emergency Medical Centers operates out of the building.
Contemporary Shaare Zedek is located on a vast, 11-acre campus directly opposite Mount Herzl. Along with Bikur Cholim this is Jerusalem’s only major, centrally located hospital. The Bayit VeGan hospital complex, completed in 1979, comprises ten interconnected buildings and an expansive parking area. Since occupying the current location, Shaare Zedek has transformed itself from a respected regional hospital into a major multi-disciplinary medical center with an international reputation for excellence in many areas of expertise.
The Wilf Woman and Infant Center welcomed over 22,000 new babies into the world during 2014, making Shaare Zedek's maternity department the most active in the country, and even around the world. 2014 also saw the dedication of the new NICU with 70 beds and state-of-the-art equipment.
Shaare Zedek also offers advanced IVF treatments, in collaboration with the Medical Genetics Institute, for couples who have difficulty getting pregnant. Among our services in this area are innovative technologies for fetal diagnosis and pregnancy screening tests using CMA (chromosomal microarray analysis).
SZ employs over 3000 workers (physicians, nurses, paramedical staff and administrative and maintenance personnel). Many of our medical practitioners are globally respected physicians and nurses who take part in groundbreaking research into new and increasingly innovative treatments and therapies. The staff is further enhanced through the capable efforts of 700 volunteers, offering a wide range of support services in departments throughout the hospital.
The first three floors of the main building house the hospital’s most vital services, including: the operating theaters, Emergency Room, pharmacy and medical and sterile supplies. These units are all intentionally located beneath ground level to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of all life-saving activities even in the event of war or hostile attack of any kind.
The hospital has gained vast experience in dealing with diverse types of trauma and emergency medicine and is set to provide speedy and efficient treatment in mass casualty events.
Over the years the hospital cultivated a strong relationship with the Israel Defense Forces. Today Shaare Zedek serves as a peacetime military hospital, treating more than 12,000 soldiers a year. The hospital also collaborates with the IDF on emergency preparedness and is the designated regional center for the treatment of victims of chemical and biological attack.
A highly esteemed academic and research institution, Shaare Zedek serves as a teaching hospital fully academically affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. This relationship has been mutually enriching and has served to advance research and teaching as top priorities alongside patient care.
Looking to the Future
Shaare Zedek receives no financial support from the Israeli government. It relies on the generosity of friends around the world in order to fund and carry out research, upgrade vital equipment and continuously maintain and further expand its facilities. In embracing the vision of compassionate and technologically advanced care that has characterized Shaare Zedek since the earliest parts of the twentieth century, the hospital proudly stands at the medical forefront both in Israel and around the world.