What is it about The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, a university-affiliated tertiary referral hospital, serving as Israel’s national medical center in many fields that makes it a unique medical center?
When attending the annual gala of Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, West Coast, its current President is Parham Zar and Molly Soboroff, Executive Director, give the answer to the question that was asked above.
First and Foremost, Humanitarianism
The Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response at Sheba Medical Center was established in 2017 by highly experienced specialists in the field. Bringing together Sheba’s long-time tradition of contributing to humanitarian relief efforts abroad, the center is to lead the charge in preparing and responding to global humanitarian crises and emergencies.
Life & Hope Project took upon itself to intensify Israel’s humanitarian image, to promote the humanitarian world of all Israeli doctors and call to nominate Israeli doctors, as a class category, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (The petition can be signed here); to celebrate Israel’s humanitarianism with a black-tie Purim Masquerade Ball to take place in March 21, 2019, in the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida.
Who leads the Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response?
Life & Hope
Professor Elhanan Bar-On, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon serving as a lieutenant colonel in the IDF (Israel’s Defense Forces) medical corps reserves, is the director of Sheba’s newly established Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response.
Over the years, Professor Bar-On joined several humanitarian aid missions, led by the IDF, heading the establishment of Israel’s field hospitals that ‘popped’ after earthquakes in Haiti, India, and Nepal, as well as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Additionally, he has worked with the International Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations.
Brig. General (Res) Professor Yitshak Kreiss MD, MHA, MPA, an expert in medical relief. is the current Director General of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, since 2016.
By establishing a regional rehabilitation center in Northern Israel, to serve the rehabilitation needs of surrounding countries’ patients, Sheba Medical Center could become the Life & Hope Project’s natural partner.
This month, October 2018, Friends of Sheba Medical Center held their annual gala, that took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, chaired by Benjamin Boston and Gal Ben-Naim, emceed by actor Jason Alexander.
You could have sensed that the guests attended the event got what Sheba Medical Center, established in 1948, today with 2000 beds with 9000 employees, each one thinks he or she can change the course of medicine, and treating 1.6 million patients each year, is all about, the medical epicenter of Israel.
Sheba, now 70-years-old, has grown with the Jewish state.
Saving life, what does it mean?
In the Jewish culture it is said that saving a life, save the world, meaning, you have saved the world for the person whose life you saved.
In the Sheba culture it means, the future of medicine the world over.
In today’s environment medicine remains to be the only apolitical aspect of life.
Sheba Medical Center is considered to be the national hospital of the State of Israel and the largest hospital of peace.
When you save an Arab child, with the Arabs being the apparent eternal foe of the Jews, they cure beyond medicine; they are planting the seed of peace and start eradicating Arab anti-Semitism sentiments.
In this miraculous medical center they connect foes in the most unique way; only very recently a six-month old Arab baby, named Moussa, from the Arab town Ramallah, with a congenital heart condition went through and survived a heart transplant surgery in Sheba in which he received the heart of a Jewish child who died.
Moussa fought for his life but did not make it. He lost his battle to live but the seed of peace was implanted with his surgery.
It is therefore assumable that medicine could be the passage to peace in the Middle East. By its actions Sheba Medical Center is a leading peacemaker.
Sheba Is the Transformation of Medical Era Epicenter
Sheba Medical Center, the first city of health in Israel, also sees itself as tomorrow’s futuristic city of health of Israel. Sheba 2025 is contemplating the world’s medical future today, being the leader in transforming medicine.
Israel is basically a cute little country with huge ambitions, where the human spirit will always win. With a cutting edge hospital as Sheba Medical Center is, saving life has no borders.