The Bnai Zion Medical Center was founded in 1922 as the first Jewish hospital in Haifa. Since then, the Center has been Haifa and northern Israel’s leading hospital, offering high quality medical treatment, research and education, as well as a variety of services for the region’s diverse and growing population

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Illustration of the planned Emergency Room, which will be protected against missiles

Bnai Zion Medical Center is a municipal-governmental hospital that offers general medical care services in the heart of the city and also serves as a university hospital. It is affiliated with The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. Many of the department heads and senior physicians teach and work in the faculty and take an active role in research and development, as well as in advancing medicine and science in Israel and abroad. The hospital is also home to one of the oldest nursing schools in the country, training future generation of nurses and medical nurses.

Recently, the hospital passed with distinction the certification exam for accreditation from the Joint Commission International, which is a United States-based organization authorized to examine and evaluate health care service organizations, as well as measure and improve quality and safety – “helping health care organizations help patients.”

This year, Bnai Zion received impressive distinctions – six departments were selected for most outstanding teaching in a medical school and one of the Medical Center’s physicians won the Outstanding Lecturer Award. Additionally, in a recent patient satisfaction survey conducted by the Health Ministry, the Bnai Zion Medical Center ranked first in the category of medium-sized hospitals (the hospital houses 450 beds). Another survey, of patient experience in outpatient clinics, for the first time ranked Bnai Zion’s Ophthalmology and ENT departments as the best in Haifa, surpassing the national average.

The hospital is a microcosm of tomorrow’s world: the medical and nursing staff, and patients, reflect the diverse population of the region, including Christians, Muslims, Druze and Jews. Doctors and staff work together each day to ensure the best possible medical care for every patient who passes through the hospital’s doors, regardless of his or her beliefs or origins.

A leader in complementary medicine

In addition to the hospital’s expertise and medical professionalism, Bnai Zion Medical Center is proud to lead in complementary medicine as part of its comprehensive treatment program. The complementary medical system had been active since 2010 with 12 institutes and departments in the hospital, providing complementary medical treatment to hospitalized patients.

Treatments focus on relieving common symptoms, including pain, anxiety, nausea, sleep disorders, side effects of invasive and drug activities, and more. Furthermore, the research on complementary medicine carried out at the Center has been very helpful for patients.

The Bnai Zion Medical Center’s devoted staff believes that the patient is a person and not someone in a hospital gown, and they are proud to be the first hospital in Israel and around the world to treat patients according to the principles of emotional intelligence. All medical departments have to undergo a long, professional process in order to improve patient-provider communication, patient communication, communication between the staff, staff satisfaction, and more. Understanding emotional intelligence will improve medical treatment and will make the hospitalization and/or treatment experience more pleasant for the patient and their family.

Important projects

Bnai Zion Medical Center invites you to join them on a unique journey to bring the forefront of the medical world to the residents of Haifa and the north and to help them accomplish three important and worthy projects as part of their vision for the next few years:

The establishment of a protected Emergency Room – The last missile of the Second Lebanon War in 2006 struck the hospital. It was a miracle that no one was injured, and from that moment on it became clear that the next war is only a matter of time. As a northern hospital, the danger is clear and real. Since then, the hospital has been working to raise funds for the construction of a protected Emergency Room and an underground hospitalization unit that is protected from missiles and from chemical, biological and atomic weapons. With help from the Health Ministry, as well as donors in Israel and abroad, this vital medical project for the northern region was recently launched, although more funding is needed.

Most beautiful and modern delivery rooms in the Middle East – This project involves building a new maternity ward that is spacious and equipped with the best technologies and amenities to allow the best childbirth experience possible. There will be eight delivery rooms, an operating room, a reception and registration area, maternity emergency care and a waiting area for the families.

Hemato-Oncology Unit – The new Hematology Institute will offer out-patient services to patients suffering from malignant and benign blood diseases, including chemotherapy for cancer patients who do not need hospitalization. Additionally, supportive care will be given to patients who are between treatment cycles, such as blood transfusions, drug transfusions, and more.

Bnai Zion will continue to provide patients with the best medical care, and lead the way in medical, research and social excellence.

For further details, contact Friends of the Bnai Zion Medical Center: +972-4-8371973, . In the U.S., contact Cheryl Bier: , 646-4857980