Sheba Medical Center Opens New State-Of-The-Art Intensive Care Unit
RAMAT GAN, Israel – March 6, 2023 – Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest medical center and a Newsweek ranked world’s best hospital for the last five years, today announced the opening of a new General Intensive Care Unit. The new ICU, located on Sheba’s Ramat Gan campus, is the largest in Israel, covering 1,980 square meters and including 24 individual treatment bays for both intensive and intermediate care.
The new unit, donated by the renowned Jewish philanthropist Mr. Frank Lowy in memory of his mother Ilona Lowy, employs state-of-the-art life support and monitoring technologies including advanced computerized systems and AI-powered technology to power integrated workflows. The unit also includes a novel central nurses command center including medication rooms, and an extensive family quarter and waiting area.
The hospital’s existing ICU built in 1985, features 12 patient bays and treats over 500 patients annually. However, with the average stay of nine days per patient, the unit is always at full capacity and unable to accommodate additional patients in times of need. By doubling the number of rooms within Sheba’s ICU, the hospital aims to increase its ability to provide comprehensive intensive care to significantly more people for decades to come.
“Our vision of Sheba as a City of Health requires us to rethink our key facets of the medical care we are able to provide patients. One of the obvious challenges we now face, which we learned from the Coronavirus pandemic, is the growing need for an intensive care unit equipped with the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies,” said Professor Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Sheba Medical Center. In the coming years, hospitalization will increasingly prioritize patients requiring intensive care, while routine cases will be managed in the comfort of their own homes. This shift in healthcare is already upon us, and we must prepare accordingly.”