Shalom, dear friends,
The Bnai Zion Medical Center has a long, proud history of service to the People of Israel. For nearly ninety years, the hospital has served all the populations of Haifa and Northern Israel.
The hospital is built from bricks, mortar, glass, equipment and supplies.
But that is only the physical aspect. What really matters is the dedication and caring attitude of the 1,800 members of our professional and support staff. It is what I like to call, "The Spirit of Bnai Zion," intangible qualities that set the medical center apart from the other hospitals. In Hebrew, it's "Ha-ruach Bnai Zion."
Today the medical center boasts 450 beds, with thirteen institutions and laboratories. More than 65,000 people visit our Emergency Room every year, and in excess of 14,000 surgeries are performed annually.
Some 5,000 babies every year make the decision to be born at the hospital, because it is considered one of the premier medical facilities in Israel. Its doctors are known worldwide for the development of groundbreaking treatments for a number of critical medical conditions.
All this is possible thanks to our friends and supporters in Israel and abroad,the Bnai Zion Foundation in the USA, the Friends of Bnai Zion Canada, the Municipality of Haifa, the Ministry of Health and our devoted volunteers.
We strive to maintain a calm atmosphere and high level of service for our patients, while facing constant budget cuts which affect all hospitals in Israel. Government funding is slashed, in part, because of Israel's ongoing security challenges.
This obligates us to operate at maximum efficiency while reducing costs in every possible way. Despite these financial challenges, we manage to improve, develop and attain consistently high levels of medicine and care.
This means we must enhance our fundraising efforts, not only to respond to this continuing shortfall, but to create an ongoing flow of funding so that we may continue to be on the forefront of medical care, research and education.
The needs will always outweigh the resources. I invite you to adopt a project and make it your own. Learn about it and support it. From an individual or family funding a respirator, to an organization equipping a hospital clinic or wing, the opportunities for your continued support are many, the need is now.
I am confident you will be proud of your involvement in our institution, as we will be grateful.
Wishing you good health,
Amnon Rofe, M.D.