New Intensive Care Unit at Emek Medical Center

Emek Medical Center, a regional care facility 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.

Emek is one of 14 hospitals that are part of Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest healthcare provider. As an academic medical center, it is a teaching hospital for the Technion Medical School.

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