Israel and her peoples have an ancient heritage. The Rambam campus honors that heritage in being named after Rabbi Moses Ben-Maimon, called Maimonides, or the “Rambam” in Hebrew, an acronym for his name. Maimonides was a preeminent medieval Jewish rabbi, physician, and philosopher; and one of the greatest Torah scholars of the Middle Ages (1135–1204). He was among the first in Western society to propose that the health of the body and soul should be combined.
First established in 1938 under the British Mandate as the Governmental Hospital, it became an Israeli governmental hospital with the founding of the State of Israel. In 1952 it was renamed, Rambam. Over the last 80 years, Rambam Health Care Campus has become world renowned for experience and expertise in a wide range of clinical and research endeavors.
Accreditation by the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI), the recognized independent leader in international health care accreditation, attests to Rambam’s compliance with the most stringent standards for hospitals in the Western world.
Strategic Location an Environment
Rambam Health Care Campus is located in the port city of Haifa, the capital of Northern Israel and its third largest metropolis. Haifa's residents exemplify a cultural and religious pluralistic spirit, fostering diversity and goodwill that is beneficial to all. Rambam’s work environment is a direct expression of this atmosphere—with a ~50% Jewish/non-Jewish patient population, and employees from every sector of society, coexistence and acceptance are an integral part of patient/care-giver relationships.
The hospital campus is in close proximity to the world class engineering and medical faculties of The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the Rappaport Family Institute for Research, and the University of Haifa. The hi-tech industrial parks of Haifa and Yokneam are just a 30 minute drive from Rambam. These parks are the home of major league players in medical and information technology, such as Given Imaging, GE Medical, Biosense Webster, IBM, Microsoft, and Intel.
This rich and fertile ground has led to the advancement and success of innovative clinical research at Rambam, along with successful and ongoing collaborations with international partners.
Proven Experience and Expertise
As the referral hospital for the north of Israel, Rambam offers the full range of clinical facilities, including The Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Institute; the Joseph Fishman Oncology Center; the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital; and the Division of Surgery which has several multi-disciplinary world renowned surgical teams in the fields of cardiology, otorhinolaryngology, and robotic surgery, to name a few.
The State of Israel is one of the few countries in the world that has had over 60 years to prepare its health care system to deal with a variety of mass casualty situations. Rambam has been on the front lines, caring for wounded civilians and soldiers, as well as trauma victims from accidents and terrorism. In 1999 we established a Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency, and Mass Casualty Situations (MCS). Today, more than 3,000 participants from 61 nations have undergone advanced MCS training at Rambam. Another outcome of our experience is the establishment of the 2,000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital—the largest facility of its kind in the world.