The Cornerstone Ceremony for the Radiotherapy Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center took place in the presence of the Deputy Health Minister, Rabbi Ya'akov Litzman, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Prof. Jonathan Halevy, Director-General of Shaare Zedek, and representatives of the Adar Foundation, which contributed to the institute's establishment.
"The Cornerstone Ceremony is an example of the innovation and constant development that has characterized Shaare Zedek Medical Center over the last decade," said Deputy Health Minister, Rabbi Ya'akov Litzman, who congratulated the hospital on the building project.
The Mayor stated that the new institute would serve all Jerusalem's residents and become another layer in cementing the city as a leader in medical research and treatment. Dr. Ben Koren has been appointed to head the new facility.
The institute is the first stage of the master plan approved about a year ago, which will initially include an advanced Radiotherapy Institute and a huge parking lot with 800 spaces. The second stage involves a center for cancer research and treatment. Ceremony attendees signed a Foundation Scroll, and inserted it into a brick that will serve as the building's cornerstone.
"This is a very special day for me and for the hospital I've been managing for the last 30 years," said Prof. Halevy in his opening remarks. "I have been fortunate to build the Next Generation Building on the base of the Outpatients Clinics building and today I lay the foundation stone for the next building. In establishing a Radiotherapy Center, the Medical Center is completing the gamut of services for a leading oncological system (in all of its units), and this project is a real turning point for the hospital."