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On January 3, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran to lay the cornerstone for ALEH’s new Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital. Slated to open in early 2019, the hospital will meet the urgent needs of residents in Israel’s southern region, providing quality long-term rehabilitative care following accidents, strokes, and severe injuries sustained during terror attacks.
Thanks to significant financial support by the Ministries of Finance, Interior, and Housing, as well as the Department for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, the hospital will feature three, 36-bed inpatient wards specializing in neurological, spinal and orthopedic rehabilitation, and will rely heavily on advanced technologies, such as robotics and virtual reality. The development of a sports center, public facilities for outpatient services, and a research center are also planned for future stages of construction.
“The Negev can no longer be considered the periphery because the desert is blooming more than ever before. Israel’s south is a beautiful place to work and live, and this facility will enhance it further, making quality rehabilitative care accessible to everyone in the region,” said Health Minister Litzman during the ceremony.
“I don’t usually attend cornerstone-laying ceremonies, because one never knows if the project will actually reach completion. But ALEH’s track record of tireless work on behalf of Israelis with disabilities is unrivaled, and I am confident that this project will be successful,” he added.
Though there is a shortage of rehabilitative solutions throughout the country, the residents of Israel’s southern region are especially underserved. The problem is so severe that patients from the Negev are invariably referred to hospitals in the center of the country, taking them far from their homes and families for appropriate care. ALEH’s Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital will fill this care gap by providing quality long-term rehabilitative care in a fully supportive medical environment to residents of the Negev and IDF soldiers serving in nearby Gaza.
In attendance at the ceremony: Israeli First Lady Nechama Rivlin; Health Minister Yaakov Liztman; Member of Knesset Meshulam Nahari, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Development of the Negev, Galilee and Periphery; Shai Hajaj, Head of the Merhavim Regional Council; Danny Atar, KKL-JNF World Chairman; Eric Michaelson, Chief Israel Officer for Jewish National Fund in Israel (JNF-USA); Yehuda Marmorstein, Director General of ALEH Centers; Major General (res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran and recipient of the 2016 Israel Prize; and Avi Wortzman, CEO of ALEH Negev.