Sheba’s Neonatal Department gains highest quality scores from Ministry of Health

In 2016, Sheba’s Neonatal Department, for the second time in a row, gained the highest quality scores from the Ministry of Health, such as for infection rates, infrastructure, man power and others. Sheba’s Neonatal Department continues to sustain the best possible standards.

Dr. Zippi Strauss, director of the Newborn and Neonatal Department at Sheba Medical Center remarked: “The Neonatal Department is one of the jewels in the crown of our medical center. As leading tertiary Neonatal Department, we receive transferals of premature babies from all over the country. It is our duty to sustain the strictest standards, and this guideline always leads us, starting from the medical treatment and continuing with the mental and emotional support of the premature babies and their families.”

Sheba’s Neonatal Department has 50 hospitalization beds and includes an intensive care unit and a step down unit. Each year we treat 300 tiny premature babies and more than 1,000 high risk newborns. The highly qualified neonatal team treats Sheba’s most comprehensive cases and also those that are transferred to the Neonatal Department from hospitals throughout Israel.

In addition to the medical care, the neonatal team provides multidisciplinary care including physiotherapists, clinical dieticians and social workers. We encourage and believe that the touch and close care of the families are inseparable from the process a premature baby goes through, and we encourage them to remain at the premature babies’ side as much as possible, pick them up and allow their tiny bodies to be in skin to skin contact, change their diapers and feed them. We regard the families as one cell and provide them with encompassing support.

Sheba’s Neonatal Department is the main artery of our medical center’s beating heart. For this reason we will soon start with the project of building Sheba’s new Neonatal Department. The new Neonatal Department will have private rooms for each premature baby and its family, will have the most modern and advanced medical equipment in the world, and will continue to be a referral center for the admission and treatment of the most difficult and comprehensive cases.

Moving and Shaking Highlights: Friends of Sheba Gala 2016

From far left: Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg and his wife, Julia, actor  Jason Alexander and musician Todd Schroeder attend the Friends of Sheba Medical Center gala. Photo by Kyle Espweleta

Friends of Sheba Medical Center held its 46th annual gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Oct. 30 and commemorated the work of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, Israel. Titled “The Hero Gene,” the evening drew approximately 700 attendees.

The gala, hosted by Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), honored Arnon Adar, a member of the organization’s board of directors, with the inaugural Professor Mordechai Shani Lifetime Achievement Award, and Hadar Greenberg-Almog, a Friends of Sheba supporter and volunteer, with the Laurel of Leadership award.

Throughout the evening, Friends of Sheba chairs, board members, volunteers, doctors and a patient highlighted the hospital’s MSR (Hebrew for “Mercaz l’Simulatzia Refu’it”), the Israel Center for Medical Simulation. The simulations at MSR provide training for civilian and medical personnel in real-life scenarios, without human and medical errors.

The goal of the simulation center is to reduce the number of medical errors that occur at the hospital and beyond, according to Adina Hepner, director of development at Friends of Sheba. In the United States, medical errors are the third leading cause of death, and at least 60 percent of these cases are considered preventable, according to the British Medical Journal. Each year more than 15,000 people are trained or tested at MSR, and the demand is on the rise, Hepner said.

The proceeds raised by the gala — topped with a $1 million gift by The Nazarian Family Foundation — totaled $3.2 million. The funds will go toward growing the facility.

“Sheba Medical Center is the best that Israel has to offer and showcases the incredible lifesaving work that Israel offers the world,” Hepner said. “It is essential that we spread this message and raise the funds necessary for this hospital to continue its unique and heroic mission.”

— Kylie Ora Lobell, Contributing Writer

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