Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most progressive full-service healthcare treatment and research institutions in Israel.
I find it utterly amazing that just a couple years ago, I was staying at a boutique hotel next door to the hospital that I am now residing in. I have never been one to believe in coincidence but rather believe there is a purpose for all things.
One of the comforts that came to me upon my departure from the Emergency Room on Friday was that I was familiar with the hospital, if only because I recognized the hotel and shopping center next door.
The real comfort came though when I learned that this is the very hospital that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was brought to when he was shot . While PM Rabin died on the operating table due to loss of blood and a punctured lung, I somehow still felt comfort as I entered the doors of the hospital for the second time.
This is an outstanding medical center. There is a whole underground emergency department that is protected from chemical and bomb attacks. Some of the tests the doctor ordered were performed in this area. I could almost imagine what it might be like to be a Doctor, Nurse, or Technician working during some kind of national crisis. Of course, my imagination cannot come close to what some have actually experienced.
Here at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center research is being done to find cures for many diseases and disorders such as pancreatic and colon cancer. Please take time to look at the link below and learn about just one Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv.
The staff in the ward I am in have been wonderful. Yes, we have some language barriers but there is always someone around to help translate and at least one person on the team speaks English. The woman who I share my room with, Rachel, is religious and only speaks Hebrew. It is beautiful to watch her pray every morning and we manage to find ways to communicate. Her daughter visits every night and speaks English, so that helps.
The nurses have been so kind to this American stranger. The great thing: my doctors speak English.
One thing I have learned is that you will not get rich in the medical profession in Israel.
The cost of medical care here in Israel is considerably lower than the U.S. but the quality of care is exceptional.
If you have a heart to donate resources to hospital programs please consider Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov).