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.