Shaare Zedek: 2017 Summary


Large increase in Pediatric ER referrals, 1,200 patients with suspected strokes, extensive activity in the Brain Complex, unprecedented purchase of advanced equipment.


Shaare Zedek Medical Center is known for its significant growth over the last decade; growth that has earned it a place on a select list of outstanding, world-class medical centers.
In 2017, Shaare Zedek continued its development momentum, and even earned international recognition from the JCI (The Joint Commission), becoming the only major medical center in Jerusalem with an international seal of approval.
In recent years, the Medical Center has doubled its activity volume and in 2017 alone we registered record numbers in a number of areas:

  • More than 155,000 arrivals at ER, of which 31,500 were children (17% increase compared to last year).

  • Approximately 34,600 operations and more than 2,500 cardiac catheterizations.

  • 522,000 people visited the Outpatients Clinics, and more than 88,000 people were hospitalized (over 385,000 hospitalization days).

  • Approximately 22,000 babies were born in Shaare Zedek in 2017. In December alone, Shaare Zedek passed the 2,000 births per month bar – a new high in Israel and in most of the western world as well.

  • In our new Brain Complex, we performed about 230 head surgeries, and more than 140 brain catheterizations. More than 1,200 people came in to ER with suspected strokes or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attacks). 131 of them were treated with TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator), a substance injected into the veins to break down the blood clots causing the stroke.

International recognition
After a long process and with much effort invested in the process, Shaare Zedek Medical Center passed the accreditation tests with honors and became the first major hospital in Jerusalem to earn international accreditation.
New equipment
In 2017, Shaare Zedek Medical Center continued to equip itself with some of the most advanced equipment in modern medicine. Among other devices, we acquired an MRI machine specifically for premature babies, the first and only one of its kind in the world. This device is specially adapted to the premature baby’s size and is located close to the NICU, enabling the safest checks for newborn babies without having to move them out of the department.
We also installed a unique robotic system in the Pharmacy, which stores and issues drugs quickly, efficiently and with maximum precision.
The hospital’s clinical laboratories underwent an automation process that now enables maximum accuracy, prevents human error and makes the work process far more efficient.
In the Ophthalmology Department, we began using an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine, which facilitates the identification of hidden retinal layers with better surgical results. Regular use of this device in the clinic allows us to better understand retinal diseases and to treat these ailments with much more precision.
And in the Interventional Neuro-Radiology Unit, they have begun using one of the most advanced INR (International Normalized Ratio) monitors for brain catheterization in the world.

We opened new departments and expanded activities in the existing ones.
For example, we completed the Brain Complex, with the opening of the Interventional Neuro-Radiology Unit, directed by Dr. Yaakov Amsalem, and the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department led by Dr. Gustavo Reyes.
The ICU Unit moved to its new world-class home. The new facility is spacious and fitted with the very latest ICU equipment.
The General Surgery Department also moved into a large new location.
The Cardiology Unit underwent an integration process and now serves as a Cardiology-Surgery Center, headed by Prof. Michael Glickson. And we opened Pinukit, Shaare Zedek’s mini-hotel for new mothers. The hotel offers luxurious rooms, personal and pampering 24/7 service, gourmet meals and an onsite nursery.
We opened the Sports Medicine Unit, which will move to a new and modern location in the Arena complex by the end of January 2018.
Development work has begun for the Radiotherapy Center and workers have begun digging the foundations for more underground parking.
Making Progress
Medical Robotics is a field growing in leaps in bounds.
We too have installed a unique robotic system in the Pharmacy, which stores and issues drugs quickly, efficiently and with maximum precision.
The hospital’s clinical laboratories underwent an automation process that now enables maximum accuracy, prevents human error and makes the work process far more efficient.
Leaders in Treatment Breakthroughs
Over the last year, dozens of innovative procedures have been conducted at the Medical Center – the MACS method for improving success ratios in fertility treatments; innovative Radio-Frequency Ablation performed for the first time in Israel in the Endoscopic Ultrasound Unit; also for the first time in Israel, at Shaare Zedek, a hearing implant was successfully implanted in a 5-year-old child’s bone marrow; the Dry Eye Clinic  is the only clinic in the country offering the option of advanced diagnosis and treatment of the root of the problem; a micro-invasive procedure for treating reflux was performed for the first time in Israel, again at Shaare Zedek, using a unique Medigus MUSE endoscope. Dr. Vangrover, Head of the Endoscopy Treatment Unit performed the procedure with his colleagues Dr. Paz and Dr. Lebovsky from the Institute for Digestive System Diseases; for the first time at Shaare Zedek we used 3-D printing for hand surgery, and in the Catheterization Unit – again a first in Israel – surgeons conducted repairs on the right tricuspid valve using catheterization (a procedure only carried out to date through open heart surgery.)
A new medical process was carried out on a three-day-old baby girl, and saved her kidneys. The procedure was performed by three specialist doctors from different fields at Shaare Zedek – Dr. Adam Farkash, Director of the Vascular Defects Clinic, Dr. Anthony Verstandig, Director of the Angiography Institute, and Dr. Yaakov Amsalem, Director of the Brain Catheterization Unit, in partnership with the Pediatric Nephrology Department and the NICU team.
Thinking Out of the Box
Cola instead of surgery! A patient who had undergone lung transplant surgery suffered nerve damage in his digestive system that led to the formation of a huge abdominal fibrous lump. Dr. Yosef Lissi, Director of the Neuro-Gastroenterology and Pelvic Basin Unit at Shaare Zedek, decided to give the patient Cola-assisted treatment, thus saving him some complicated surgery.
Expanding Human Resources
Over the last year, we have absorbed a large number of senior doctors – leaders in their fields – and new department managers. Prof. David Zadok began directing the Ophthalmology Department and the Cornea Unit, with Dr. Adi Abulafia alongside him directing the Cataract Surgery Unit; Dr. Ofer Binyaminov became Head of the Imaging Department; Prof. Michael Glickson now directs the Integrated Cardiac Unit; Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Koren, heads the Radiotherapy Unit and Dr. Gustavo Reyes is the new Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit.
By the end of the year, there were 990 doctors, 1,600 nurses, 485 paramedics and 1,063 administrative and maintenance staff working at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.