Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Israel, Rambam Health Care Campus has opened the largest Covid-19 treatment centre in Israel, in a Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital.

Covid-19 patients are now being hospitalised in the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital, which has opened for the first time since its completion in 2014. Located 16.5m below ground level, this dedicated coronavirus treatment centre contains 770 beds, including 170 for patients on ventilators.

The fully-equipped hospital facility contains an emergency room, operating rooms, an intensive care unit, three coronavirus departments, a paediatrics area, a delivery room, and a dialysis treatment area.

According to Dr Michael Halberthal, Rambam’s General Director, they have invested a great deal of time and effort in this project, while hoping that they would never be forced to reach this point.

Rambam began preparing the infrastructure during the first wave of the pandemic, following a request by Israel’s Ministry of Health. The underground hospital was built to be used during biological, chemical, and conventional attacks, protecting those inside from above-ground threats and contamination.

“Rambam is world-renowned for its expertise in trauma and mass-casualty situations, and our experience in successfully handling these scenarios has helped to ensure our readiness for the current national emergency,” explained Dr Halberthal, adding, “We believe this situation will remain through the winter.”

(Photos courtesy of Rambam Health Care Campus)

Established in 1938, Rambam Health Care Campus is a 1,000-bed world-class teaching hospital with a diverse patient population. The only tertiary referral medical centre serving the two million residents of Northern Israel, Rambam also treats patients referred from throughout Israel, the Mediterranean region, and around the world.