Soroka Medical Center

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Soroka Medical Center
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Soroka Medical Center, Beersheba
Location Beersheba, Israel
Hospital type Teaching/University
Affiliated university Ben Gurion University
Standards tertiary care
Emergency department Level I Trauma Center
Beds 1,087
Founded 1959
Lists Hospitals in Israel

Soroka Medical Center, located in Beersheba, Israel, is a major medical center in the Negev. It is the largest medical center in the southern region of the country, and the third largest in Israel with 1,087 beds.[1] It is owned by Clalit Health Services, the largest Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in Israel. Soroka provides medical care to members of all populations in the region, including Negev Bedouins and Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.[2] It is a teaching hospital affiliated with the faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev whose campus is adjacent to the hospital.


The hospital is named for Moshe Soroka, a pioneer of the Clalit Sick Fund Clalit Health Services. In 1956, Soroka founded the Central Hospital of Negev with Israel Barzilai and David Tuviyahu, then mayor of Beer-Sheva. Much of the funding came from David Dubinsky.[3] Dubinsky committed to donating a million dollar donation toward the hospital.

Soroka Hospital, 1959

The Beersheba Hospital of Kupat Holim (later Soroka Medical Center), designed in 1955 as a 250-bed hospital, grew into a 1,000-bed medical facility serving the south of the country, including the Negev region. A major American union, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, headed by David Dubinsky, pledged in late 1955 to give a million-dollar gift, over four years, to establish a hospital in the Negev region, which was to be operated by the Histadrut, Israel's General Federation of Labor, which at the time owned Kupat Holim, Israel's sick fund. According to press reports at the time, Dubinsky had indicated that the ILGWU might make a further $500,000 available to the hospital after the $1,000,000 contribution was completed, as the estimated construction cost was $1,500,000.[4]

Soroka Medical Center is a pavilion-type hospital with medical facilities and wards concentrated in one multi-story block. Climate considerations led to the adoption of a loose grid design of patio gardens and pavilions connected to the main building by pergolas. The hospital area was surrounded by a green belt of pepper trees and sycamores to protect the complex from sand and dust storms.[5]

Due to Soroka Medical Center's strategic location in the Negev region, it was the primary hospital that treated casualties during Operation Cast Lead.[6] In September 2011, Soroka treated victims of a barrage of missiles from the Gaza Strip. Jon Voight visited Soroka during this time to show his solidarity with Israel.[7]

In 2013, Ehud Davidson was named director-general of the hospital replacing Michael Scherf, who held the post for six years.[8]

Comprehensive Cancer Center[edit]

Soroka Medical Center is undergoing the process of adding a Comprehensive Cancer Center. On average, in order for a person living in the southern tip of Negev, it takes 221 miles to reach a cancer center in central Israel. When the Comprehensive Cancer Center opens in Be'er Sheva, that will no longer be the case. There will be double the amount of space for treatments, outpatient ambulatory care, inpatient oncology and hematology, bone marrow transplant facilities, advanced equipment, oncology pharmacy, expanded labs, comfortable areas, occupational, physical, and art therapy rooms. After completion, this part of the hospital will include four floors: ambulatory, oncology and hematology outpatient care, oncology inpatient care, and hematology inpatient care [9]

Milstein Trauma Center[edit]

Named after Vivian and Seymour Milstein, this specific trauma center to initially target children and adolescents.[10] The trauma center focuses around family crisis, traffic accidents, severe burns, and terrorist attacks. Through the expertise of a psychiatrist, rehabilitation psychologist, art therapist, and clinical psychiatric social workers, the Milstein Trauma Center has helped patients cope with and overcome traumatic experiences. Members of the trauma team often go to Sderot to care for the children there who have been affected by missile attacks.[10]

Saban Pediatric Center[edit]

Thanks to a donation of $14 million by Haim Saban[11] Soroka has raised the standards of pediatric medicine in the Negev, which is home to 400,000 children.

Neonatal Care and Maternal Health[edit]

Soroka Medical Center is opening a Neonatal and Maternal health care center offering a neonatal triage, single family rooms, open bay areas, procedure rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a breast milk pumping facility, multidisciplinary support area, and a medical training facility. Soroka Medical Center is one of the busiest maternity centers in Israel, with an average of 35 births a day.[12] This new neonatal and maternal health center is crucial for the population of Israel.

In-Vitro Fertilization Center[edit]

The In-Vitro Fertilization Center at Soroka is ranked among the best medical centers in the western world.[13] The goal is to triple the size of the IVF unit and add examination rooms, laboratories, operating rooms, and recovery rooms.

Negev Center for Eating Disorders[edit]

The Negev Center for Eating Disorders treats hospitalized and ambulatory children, youth, and young adults,[14] focusing on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders, as well as education and prevention.

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Coordinates: 31°15′31.67″N 34°48′5.44″E / 31.2587972°N 34.8015111°E / 31.2587972; 34.8015111