Israel Opens Worlds Largest & Most Advanced ER


With self-triage upon check-in and robots to help you find your way, the world’s largest emergency room opened in Israel today.

The 86,000 square foot facility, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), was inaugurated by President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, and philanthropist Sylvan Adams.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid: “This ER combines the very best Israel has to offer: Our incredible human capital and the technology of the hi-tech nation.”

The facility is designed for both regular emergency needs and a sudden influx of casualties from war and terror. There are 100 inpatient emergency beds, more than any other Israeli hospital, and this can be doubled in an emergency scenario.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog attended the dedication ceremony for the Sylvan Adams Emergency Room at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, today.

Also in attendance were Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, members of Knesset, Ichilov CEO Prof. Roni Gamzu, Sylvan Adams, doctors, nurses, HMO CEOs, and other officials.

Before the ceremony, Prime Minister Lapid toured the new emergency room and its various departments, accompanied by Prof. Gamzu and Sylvan Adams.

Prime Minister Lapid at the ceremony:

“I commend you for building this new Emergency Room, the largest and most advanced in the country. It will serve not only the residents of Tel Aviv but those of the entire country. It will ensure that the citizens of Israel have quick, advanced and high-level treatment.

This emergency room combines the very best the State of Israel has to offer: Our incredible human capital that produces the best doctors, nurses and medical teams in the world, and the technology of the hi-tech nation that equips them with the most advanced tools in order to fight for our health.

The Israeli tradition says: ‘We do not leave anyone behind’ or in your case – ‘We do not leave anyone at the entrance to the emergency room.’

Jewish tradition is one of compassion and mutual responsibility. This model of Jewish-Arab coexistence should also instill pride in every citizen of Israel. All of these are realized on a daily basis at this hospital and across the entire health system.

Even though today is a festive day, we cannot ignore the cry of the medical teams, which are forced to face unacceptable violence in the hospitals and clinics on a daily basis. Whoever attacks a nurse or a doctor, an orderly or a department manager, attacks the entire people of Israel.

I have instructed the law enforcement agencies to treat this ongoing violence with an iron fist. I promise you that we will support and advance any proposal designed to protect you just as you protect us. The medicals teams will not be abandoned.

Sylvan, we are both the children of Holocaust survivors. You grew up with a great sense of responsibility to the State of Israel, to the next generation, to its health and its values. Your father Marcel, of blessed memory, certainly would have been proud of you today. On behalf of the State of Israel, thank you.

From here I send my wishes for a full recovery to those who need it. I would like to thank all of the medical teams for the long shifts, under difficult conditions, the overcrowding and mainly for your deep sense of mission.

The physicians’ oath says: ‘And take great care of the life of man from the womb, and let his wellbeing be your chief concern all your days. Help the sick person whoever he is, be he stranger or foreigner, commoner or noble. Increase wisdom and do not slacken because it is your life and from it springs life.'”

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