Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem celebrated the opening of its all-new Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in February 2014.

With 72 individual infant-care stations, the Unit is the largest and most advanced in Israel and among the largest in the world.  Shaare Zedek recorded more than 20,000 births in its two campuses in 2013 and the annual birth rate witnessed in the Hospital has risen nearly every year the Medical Center has been in operation.  The development of the new NICU was made possible through the support of the Huberfeld Family Foundation with a gift establishing the Huberfeld Family Birthing Center, encompassing all maternity and post-natal care facilities.  Major gifts were also provided by the Laulicht Family and the Stadtmauer Family (in memory of Harvey Felsen).

The new Unit, spread out over more than 4,000 square feet, will replace the previous NICU at Shaare Zedek which opened in 1998 and had been designed for treating up to 30 infants.  At any given time in recent years, the number of neonates requiring intensive care was above 40 and often exceeded 50. Outfitted with all new monitoring and patient-care equipment, the new NICU is intended to introduce a new level of neonatal care to Jerusalem and Israel.

“We take great pride in our status as a leading maternity hospital and this development is intended to ensure that we can provide the best possible care to infants in need of medical support after birth,” said Professor Jonathan Halevy, Director-General at Shaare Zedek. “The opening of this NICU is the result of many years of planning and construction and we are confident it will serve our patients and the community for many years to come.”

“Our mandate has always been to do everything possible to support the lives of these infants and through advances in technology and the dedication of our staff we have been blessed to witness many cases of remarkable progress in infants who in decades past wouldn’t have had those opportunities,” said Professor Halevy. “This new facility will only further enhance our ability to offer that provision of care and is therefore a truly historic moment for our hospital, our community and our friends around the world.”

The new NICU comes as part of a time of active expansion for the Hospital with the opening of the top two floors of The Next Generation Building, which also will serve as a home to additional mother and infant departments, an all-new Women’s Health Clinic and the Wilf Children’s Hospital slated to open later this year.