Shaare Zedek

  • Issue: October 1978
  • Designer: D. Pessah / S. Ketter
  • Stamp size: 40 x 25.7 mm
  • Plate no.: 552
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Photolithography

With the opening of the new Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem enters into a new era of health care for all of its citizens. Built at a cost of $ 50 million, the Shaare Zedek Medical Center provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, backed up by the most modern medical equipment and systems. In addition, education and research are integral parts of the Medical Center's program.

Shaare Zedek, the first Jewish hospital built outside the Old City walls, was opened in 1902 for the sick of Jerusalem, irrespective of religion, race or ability to pay. Since then Shaare Zedek Hospital has been an intimate part of Jerusalem's history, sharing with the city and its people all the wars, hardships, and achievements of the last eight decades.

Shaare Zedek long ago earned the special affection of Jerusalem's people, who call it the "Hospital with a Heart." It is a modern hospital which preserves and observes Jewish tradition and is one of the few institutions in the world where medicine has not become depersonalized.

Under today's conditions of extreme overcrowding at the hospital, however, too much is lost in the battle against restrictive physical conditions, The new Medical Center not only carries on the unique tradition of Shaare Zedek, but allows its fuller implementation and application.

The Center itself consists of nine linked buildings, totaling 1,300,000 square feet of floor space, on a 14 acre site. The Main Hospital Building is the dominant structure. Its ten stories contain over 500 hospital beds and dozens of medical departments and specialized units. These include: Pediatric Surgery, Acute Geriatrics, Behabilitation, Neonatology, Coronary Care, Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Intensive Post-Operative Care, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Dialysis and Pediatric Nephrology, and a Neurodiagnostic Institute.

Modern architectural and planning techniques allow the fullest utilization of every department and unit, easy access for patients, and the possibility for future expansion.

In front of the new Medical Center are three subterranean parking levels which provide space for some 500 cars. There is an entrance on each of these to the three underground floors of the Main Hospital, as well as access to the plaza leading to the ground floor main entrance.

The new Shaare Zedek Medical Center also includes a three-unit Outpatient Clinic building which treats 1000 patients every day.

The clinics are the bridge between the hospital and the community. and, in an innovative step for Israeli medicine, enable patients to be treated by the same doctors both in and outside the hospital. Day Hospital and Home Care programs are also available in many departments.

Clinical and basic scientific research is carried out in a number of specialized laboratories. A fully-equipped and modern research Center enables staff members to pursue their scientific interests.

Teaching facilities are available for the instruction of medical students, and an eight-storey Nursing Educational Center houses and trains 180 young women.

The new Medical Center brings computer technology to the service of the sick. Patients' records (including diagnostic and personal data), pharmacological and other inventories, and administrative functions are all fully automated. In addition, work procedures utilize the latest technological innovations to ensure the observance of Jewish tradition and religious obligation, while providing the very best in medical care.

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"Shaare Zedek" health center