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    Changing of the Guard: Prof. Halevy Steps Down as Director-General; Prof. Merin Steps Up

Changing of the Guard: Prof. Halevy Steps Down as Director-General; Prof. Merin Steps Up

At midnight on March 1, 2019, Professor Jonathan Halevy stepped down as the hospital’s Director-General and Professor Ofer Merin, previously Deputy Director-General and Director of Trauma Services assumed the hospital’s directorship. He is just the fifth person to hold that job in the Hospital’s more than 117-year history. Professor Halevy, who is widely credited with managing Shaare Zedek’s rise to become one of Israel’s top hospitals, will continue his involvement in numerous management issues including development and fundraising.

During his final week in the position, Professor Halevy visited all of the medical departments and support units and thanked the staff for their dedication and hard work that made the hospital so successful. Professor Halevy also addressed hundreds of current and former hospital employees as well as friends and family at the weekly Clinical Conference. So many members of the staff wanted to attend this session that three additional viewing areas were set up around the hospital. During his presentation, Professor Halevy said that his professional accomplishments were a result of the partnership with Shaare Zedek’s staff. In addition, an exhibition of photos detailing his life and career were on display throughout the hospital. The week concluded with a farewell luncheon in the hospital cafeteria for all staff.

When Professor Halevy assumed the position of Director-General in 1988, Shaare Zedek was considered a small community hospital well-known for its compassion for patients. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of 26 new medical units. Today, Shaare Zedek offers care across all major medical disciplines and treats over 800,000 cases per year. The inpatient care rate over the last three decades multiplied by 469% while outpatient care went up by a remarkable 2,221%.

Under Prof. Halevy’s leadership, Shaare Zedek more >

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    Shaare Zedek Awarded International Accreditation, Credited With “Outstanding Performance” by Reviewers of Joint Commission International

Shaare Zedek Awarded International Accreditation, Credited With “Outstanding Performance” by Reviewers of Joint Commission International

Shaare Zedek is Now the First and Only Jerusalem Academic Hospital to Achieve JCI Accredited Status

(JERUSALEM- June 27, 2017) Following an extensive and intensive review process, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center has become the city’s first and only academic hospital to receive international accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).  Independent surveyors from the JCI described Shaare Zedek’s medical activities in extremely complimentary terms, stating that the hospital’s medical performance was “outstanding” and far beyond what the reviewers have observed in many hospitals around the world.
Specific praise was offered to the hospital’s attention to the emotional needs of the patient, and areas pertaining to patient rights.  The surveyors also spoke extremely highly of the cleaning standards of the facilities and singled out the performance of the maintenance, cleaning, and food preparation crews.  Reviews of the surgical complex produced reports describing the operating theaters as among the finest in the world. Similar comments were afforded to the NICU, laboratory, research and many treatment areas.
In an emotional ceremony regularly interrupted by applause, a final report was presented to the hospital staff. It followed a five-day review process in which the hospital was tested on over 1,200 different parameters included within the JCI survey.  Using words such as “Amazing,” “Phenomenal” and “Incredible,” the surveyors said that Shaare Zedek should take a great deal of pride from their accomplishments.
Shaare Zedek Director General Professor Jonathan Halevy welcomed the announcement saying it provided Shaare Zedek independent recognition as a hospital operating at the height of international standards. 
“This accreditation and the extremely high marks and praise we received through this process provide independent validation for what we and the people of Jerusalem have long known; that Shaare Zedek represents a gold more >

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    Shaare Zedek Trauma Chief Dr. Ofer Merin at AIPAC on IDF Mobile Field Hospital He Commands

Shaare Zedek Trauma Chief Dr. Ofer Merin at AIPAC on IDF Mobile Field Hospital He Commands

Dr. Ofer Merin is a cardiothoracic surgeon who heads the Trauma Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center while simultaneously serving as deputy to the Hospital’s Director General Professor Jonathan Halevy. Dr. Merin is also the commander of Israel’s vaunted and unique IDF Mobile Field Hospital which is officially recognized by the World Health Organization of the United Nations as the best in the world, following evaluation of the work of 83 countries.

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In his role with the IDF, Dr. Merin addressed the 2017 AIPAC Convention in Washington, D.C. and explained that the field hospital’s credo is: “Go Far, Go Fast, Go Big.” Dr. Merin explained that “what makes our team special is more than speed and logistics.” As at Shaare Zedek, “we approach every patient as though they are a member of our family. To be sure, we treat the injury. But we also treat the husband who just lost his wife, the child who just lost his mother and the members of the community whose world has been turned upside down in a matter of seconds. The ‘who’ does not matter, nor does the ‘where.’ The only thing that matters is treating a patient — any patient — with the highest quality care we can provide, with the highest morals and values while respecting the dignity of those in need.”

Dr. Merin said, “the European Union has asked us to work with them to build a mobile medical unit on par with our own.” To prolonged applause, he also introduced senior commanders of the IDF Medical Corps who are in Washington for a conference with their counterparts in the US military.

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