• 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.

  • Intensive Care Unit

    ICU at Emek

    Emek Medical Center, a regional care facility and teaching hospital in northern Israel, seeks to build a new and advanced intensive care unit. With a top-tier quality of care ranking (99.5%), Emek is among Israel’s most elite hospitals. Yet it has only six adult ICU beds to serve the 700,000 residents of its catchment area. National standards mandate that 5% of hospital beds should be in the ICU; Emek’s adult ICU beds represent just 1% of its total capacity.

    The new adult ICU ward would increase to 18 beds – triple the current number. Emek also plans to double its four pediatric ICU (PICU) beds to eight. It will move the neonatal ICU (NICU) close to the delivery rooms
    and obstetrics ward, minimizing the risk to the small neonates. Ten NICU cribs will bring the new total to 30. This compelling project will enable Emek to meet the national standard.

    The total project cost is about $26 million. Clalit will match all contributions dollar for dollar.

  • New Nurse Practitioner Program

    A New Cadre of Nurse Practitioners

    Within four years, the number of Israelis over 75 will increase by 30%. Clalit, Israel’s largest healthcare system, cares for 75% of the elderly; they require four times more medical care than the rest of the population. Some 750,000 of Clalit’s patients have two or more chronic illnesses, requiring frequent clinic visits. To reduce hospitalization stays – and to provide more intensive medical treatment at home – Clalit seeks to train 65 nurse practitioners over the next five years. 25 will specialize in geriatrics and be certified to work both in hospitals and in clinics. Of the remaining 40, about half will be trained in pain management in both hospital and community settings. The rest will become community nursing specialists.

    To become a nurse practitioner, one must already have five years of professional experience and a master’s degree. The NP course is a two-day a week, year-long program. Graduates are certified by the Ministry of Health. Tuition for the NP program is $6,080. Students, Clalit and the Israeli government will pay half that
    amount. In addition, Clalit will continue to pay nurses their full salaries for the days they are in school. The total cost of the project is $460,200. Clalit seeks $3,040 per student as scholarship support. For 65 nurse practitioners, over five years, the total sum needed is $197,600.

    This urgently needed effort can begin once the first $100,000 is raised