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PM Netanyahu Lays Cornerstone for New Lily & Edmond Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center

The hospital will be one of the most advanced medical facilities of its kind in the world.

(Ramat Gan, Israel)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Professor Yitshak Kreiss, Dir. General of Sheba Medical Center, laid the cornerstone for the new Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at a ceremony held today on the Sheba campus.

The expanded new hospital, which will be built adjacent to the existing facility, will be amongst one of the most technologically advanced children’s hospital’s in the world. In addition to new medical technologies that will be integrated into the treatment regimen, the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital will highlight unique early genetic testing, detection and treatment of rare diseases.

Within the realm of treating tens of thousands of children from within Israel, the Safra Children’s Hospital also tends to the needs of hundreds of seriously ill children from the West Bank (Palestinian Authority) and Gaza on an annual basis, a substantial number of whom suffer from rare genetic diseases.

“The building of the new Safra Children’s Hospital is a huge accomplishment and is a big mitzvah to help these youngsters. I’m sure you will do this with a great sense of pride and will be successful. I put a lot of faith in you to heal the children of Israel,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

 “The new futuristic Safra Children’s Hospital will feature so many new and unique divisions, unlike anything you have ever seen, from a new Children’s Burn Unit and an Eating Disorders Division, as well as a division dedicated to special treatments for youngsters with genetic diseases,” added Prof. Kreiss. “More importantly, we are a hospital of peace and a beacon of hope not just for the children of Israel but also for the children of the region, including youngsters from the Palestinian Authority, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, whom we are already treating. This is the DNA of Sheba.”

About Sheba medical Center

The largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East, Sheba Medical Center, Tel  Hashomer is generating global impact through its medical care, research and healthcare transformation.  Sheba’s City of Health boasts an acute-care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, research and innovation  hubs, medical simulation center and center for disaster response on one comprehensive campus in the  center of Israel. A university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv  University, Sheba is shaping the future of healthcare, educating the next generation of care providers.  Sheba serves as a true hospital without borders, welcoming patients and healthcare professionals from  all over the world and consistently providing the highest-level medical care to all in need. Sheba has  been ranked a top-ten hospital in the world by Newsweek four years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022). 

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