The management of the Ministry of Health and the Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh), headed by Dr. Osnat Levzion-Korach, have agreed to convert the protected part of the underground parking lot at the entrance to the hospital to a 150-bed emergency floor for emergency medical care. It’s corona patients.
Shamir Medical Center is the fourth largest government hospital in Israel, which includes about 900 hospital beds for the benefit of a population of about one million people in the central and lowlands.
The cost of converting the underground parking lot to emergency hospitalization is estimated at NIS 26 million and includes, among other things, electrical infrastructure, installation of mobile supply lines, communication systems, air conditioning systems, adjustment of sanitation and water system and environmental improvements related to emergency access and day-to-day operations.
The plan is after the planning and the execution tenders have already been closed and this week the work in the field will begin. Completion of the project is expected to be completed in October and the medical center will be able to respond in an emergency, crisis or epidemic.
“I am glad that the Ministry of Health has found it appropriate to approve and complete the conversion of the lower floor of our parking lot to emergency hospitalization,” Dr. Lebzion Korach said, adding: “This is a real line to the hospital that serves over a million people. We are at the heart of a campaign against the corona, and must be prepared for a further increase in morbidity and especially before the coming winter. An additional 150 hospital beds will allow for readiness when needed, and we have also been vaccinated. ”
Ilan Yiftach, the administrative director of the medical center, added, “We are already in advanced stages and starting work on the parking lot. We expect that the parking lot will be ready for hospitalization and reception as needed in early October. Adding 150 protected beds will allow many patients to be treated safely. “There is a security or epidemic incident. This is a project of national importance while providing an emergency response and protected beds, which will serve the population in the vicinity of the medical center.”