Shaare Zedek Medical Center's NICU is among the leading NICUs in Israel's top medical centers and one of two NICUs that showed the greatest improvement over the past year, according to the Health Ministry's quality control report.
In an examination in September 2019, Shaare Zedek's NICU received a grade of 95%, a 12% improvement on 2018.
One of the most significant factors for this high grade is the dramatic drop in infections, to zero. This is due to the medical and nursing team's massive investment in quality treatment, stringencies in infection prevention and to acquiring the most advanced equipment available.
The Health Ministry examined all the NICUs in all hospitals and medical centers in Israel. The criteria were: quality of the medical and nursing staff, team training, use of new and advanced machinery, system for aiding parents, and other factors.
Shaare Zedek's NICU is the largest in the country, containing approximately 70 beds, advanced equipment and a dedicated and skilled team.
The NICU is equipped with a unique MRI machine for premature babies – the only one of its kind in the country and one of only two such machines in the world – new generation respiratory and monitoring machines, advanced incubators, providing warmth and protection for the baby even when they're open. The incubators are equipped with respirators and monitoring tools and can be moved into the delivery room to give the baby the very best conditions immediately after birth. All this provides a wide range of treatment and monitoring options from birth through discharge.
Prof. Ofer Merin, Director-General Shaare Zedek Medical Center: "Shaare Zedek is the largest and most experienced birth center in the country, with more than 22,000 births a year and the largest, the most professional – and from today the top – NICU. We are proud of our medical teams, our nurses, the auxiliary staff and the logistics teams for all their efforts and dedication in taking our NICU to the very highest level."
Dr. Alona Bin-Nun, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: "We are very proud of our NICU and overjoyed with this high grade. This is purely a consequence of great teamwork, dedication and the genuine sense of mission. We are always striving for progress, to integrate more technologies and treatment methods that will allow us to provide better and more precise treatment, and of course to help the baby and his or her family cope with this challenging time until that wonderful moment when we can discharge the baby, healthy and ready to begin a brand new life."