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Shaare Zedek Medical Center – City Center Campus Bikur Cholim Hospital
Bikur Cholim Hospital in downtown Jerusalem, established nearly 190 years ago in the Old City of Jerusalem, was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and about to close in 2012. With Jerusalem poised to lose its downtown hospital, the Israeli government approached Shaare Zedek’s leadership and asked them to submit a bid for taking over Bikur Cholim. In the last days of December 2012, the deal was finalized and “Shaare Zedek Medical Center – City Center Campus” was saved.
Keeping the doors open at Bikur Cholim, which opened on Strauss Street in 1925, was important for Jerusalem. It is the only medical facility in Jerusalem’s center and is also within walking distance to a number of large, observant neighborhoods as well as the Old City and other important communities. This merger unites Jerusalem’s two oldest hospitals, with the 112 year-old Shaare Zedek being the “younger” of the two.
Although the reconstituted Bikur Cholim “City Center Campus” offers fewer departments (primarily maternity, internal medicine and outpatient care), there are more ambulatory services and diagnostics. Thanks to Jerusalem’s light rail, Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s 94 Departments and Units are just seven stops away from each other.