• Carmel Medical Center

    Catherization Laboratory

    Despite outmoded and obsolete equipment, the Interventional Cardiology Unit at the Carmel Medical Center is a Clalit center of excellence. On every metric, its doctors match or beat international standards for best practices. It is a certified training site for fellowships in interventional cardiology. It serves as a tertiary center to which complex cases are referred. Led by Professor Ronen Jaffe, the six-member cath team performs 1900 procedures annually. Booked at well over 100% capacity, the team operates non-stop, 12 hours a day. Carmel has two cath labs. While one is appropriately equipped, the other is in urgent need of upgrading. It cannot handle complex procedures. Its imaging quality is inferior; diagnostic findings may be less accurate. Radiation exposure to patients and operators is of concern. This forces cardiac patients to wait – sometimes for three months – until a slot opens up in the other lab.

    With new equipment, exposure could be reduced by more than half. The need for an updated cath lab is especially great because Carmel is a major provider for the entire northern periphery, and it is especially renowned for its capabilities in the most complex cases. The population of metropolitan Haifa, including its northern periphery, is 924,400. Yet medical services lag far behind the center of the country. With two fully functional cath labs, the cath lab team would increase the number of procedures performed annually by 15% — up to 2,200.

    The cost of equipment and lab renovation is $1,539,839. Clalit Health Services will match every contribution dollar for dollar. The total needed to be raised is $769,919.

  • Ashkelon Clinic

    Child Development Center

    There is no community-based, child development center in Ashkelon. This border town, just eight miles north of Gaza, has no integrated and comprehensive facility to serve the 14,000 children who are in Clalit’s care. Without a development center, children with autism, mental and physical delays and cerebral palsy must wait a year or more for occupational, physical and speech therapies. There are no current options for children with emotional or neurological disorders.

    The center will serve Ashkelon and the towns, villages and kibbutzim up through Sederot, abutting the Gaza border. Centrally located and easily accessible, the new child development center will provide first-rate and comprehensive services to over 1,000 children each year – about 19,000 diagnoses and treatment sessions annually. For the first time, the center’s staff will include a pediatric neurologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist and social worker. It will also include occupational, physical and speech therapists – all told, a professional staff numbering over 25. The center will be open six days a week. The waiting time will be reduced from a year or more to just weeks.

    The new center will cost $1,977,710 for a ten-year renewable rental, renovation and equipment. This grant will supplement Clalit’s contribution toward personnel, operational and therapeutic costs.

  • Rahat Clinic

    Integrated Mental Health Center

    Clalit seeks to build the first mental health and child development center in the Bedouin community. Bedouin children, from birth through the age of nine, are at overwhelming risk for genetic diseases, emotional disturbances and developmental delays.  Adults, too, suffer from psychiatric illnesses that are the result of intra-marriage and poverty. The human costs – as well as the eventual economic and political costs to Israel – are dramatic and inestimable.

    Clalit will build a free-standing, 630 square meter facility in Rahat. Located on a major street, the building will have two entrances – one for adults and the other for children. Each will have a reception area. Comfortable, private meeting rooms, decorated to meet local tastes, will put patients at ease. There will be a lounge for the staff, allowing them to decompress and to consult with one another. There will be play areas for children throughout the building; the child development center will be fully equipped with exercise equipment, physiotherapy equipment, therapeutic kitchen and navigation devices for occupational therapy and the toys and structures that promote agility, strength, flexibility and cognition. Clalit is contributing the land for the building. Funding is needed for construction and equipment.

    The cost of construction, equipment and furniture is approximately $2.9 million.

  • Kiryat Shmona Clinic

    Ambulatory Care Center

    In peace and in war, Kiryat Shmona is Israel’s front line.  A robust military presence often doubles Kiryat Shmona’s civilian population of 22,000. Since 2006, Kiryat Shmona has absorbed almost a dozen missile attacks. Located 40 minutes from the nearest hospital, the citizens of Kiryat Shmona must rely on locally provided health care. Many in the community live at or below the poverty line; it can take two hours by public transportation to receive advanced care.

    Clalit now seeks to transform an outmoded clinic into an advanced ambulatory care facility – a day hospital without beds.  The newly renovated facility will include an outpatient cancer center, which will work in concert with Emek Medical Center in Afula. Oncologists at Emek will diagnose and determine treatment. The Kiryat Shmona clinic will provide chemotherapy and biologics to a dozen patients each day. The ambulatory care facility will also have two surgical suites; one will be dedicated to wound care, trauma and other infection-prone procedures. The surgical suites will handle all procedures that do not require general anesthesia, including orthopedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, obstetrics and gynecology. Once funding is in place, we expect that it will take eight months to prepare the plans. Construction will take an additional 18 months. In all, the entire project can be completed in just over two years.

    The cost of this project is $5.06 million.  Your visionary contribution can ensure the well-being of Israel’s northernmost residents and the armed forces that defend this border.

  • Yoseftal Medical Center

    Fellowships

    Despite its small size, Yoseftal is busy. It handles 47,000 ER visits and 40,000 outpatients annually. Almost 900 babies are born at Yoseftal annually. There are 3,800 surgical procedures and 40 diving accidents each year, as well. Yoseftal is part of the Clalit network of 14 hospitals – they comprise 30% of all Israel’s hospital beds — and 1400 clinics nationally. Yoseftal is chronically short-staffed, now of about 12 doctors. That is because it cannot provide incentives for resettlement to the south. There are only two internal medicine physicians in the city of Eilat. There is only one ER doctor; when he goes on a planned leave, a replacement is brought in from another hospital. But if he takes ill unexpectedly, there is no coverage.

    To alleviate the severe shortage of physicians, Yoseftal seeks to offer four medical fellowships. Talented, young doctors will work at Yoseftal for three years. They will then be eligible for two-year clinical or translational fellowships internationally. Upon the fellows’ return, Clalit will guarantee their employment, either at Yoseftal or elsewhere in its system. Clalit can also plan career paths for its most gifted staff members and match them with healthcare priorities. Returning fellows are guaranteed their employment status while they are abroad and maintain their social security, national health insurance and pension rights during their training.

    The fellowships require $560,000 over two years. This will allow four physicians to each complete a two-year fellowship. The cost per physician is $70,000 per year.

  • Geha Mental Health Center

    Adult Outpatient Clinic

    There is an urgent need for a new adult outpatient clinic. In the last three years, the total number of patients has increased by 29%. The 2015Israeli reform of the mental health system encouraged physicians to make referrals and allowed financially strapped patients to seek support

    To meet the dramatic increase in patients, Geha boosted the clinic’s staff. However, current outpatient facilities have too few therapy rooms and the waiting area is overcrowded. There is limited accessibility for the handicapped. The crush of patients — without much privacy or ability to segregate patients who need to be isolated – affects patient care.

    The new clinic will be a two-story building with 35 treatment rooms, four group therapy rooms, two nursing rooms, a triage room, comfortable and airy waiting areas and reception facilities.

    The total cost of this facility and equipment is $5,291,495. Clalit will match all contributions one-to-one.

  • Soroka Medical Center

    Pancreatic Cancer Research

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related death in Israel and the United States. Genetically linked to Ashkenazi Jews and the prevalence of the BRCA and CHEK2 genes, its five-year overall survival rate is 9%.

    Soroka Medical Center plans a five-part platform that could yield important discoveries and possible breakthroughs.  These include:

    • Computational research in pancreatic cancer;
    • Familial and genetic pancreatic research
    • Fast track translational research
    • Basic science in collaboration with Ben Gurion University’s oncology hub
    • Pancreatic cancer integrative medical care

    The Israel Healthcare Foundation seeks a naming gift of $1.6 million over three years for research toward the cure of pancreatic cancer. Separately — in recognition of its outstanding patient care –Soroka’s Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic may be named for $1.5 million