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 and 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.
The hospital’s busy laboratories include a Biochemistry Lab, a Hematology Lab, an Urgent Testing Lab, a Blood Bank, and Labs for Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Endocrinology, Toxicology, Genetics, Bone marrow transplantation, Cytology, and Pathology. With an average of 12 million diagnostic tests performed annually, the laboratories are used for both clinical diagnostics and medical research, serving the general public, as well as other medical facilities throughout Israel.
The exclusive comprehensive trauma treatment provider for Northern Israel, Rambam is also renowned for world-class medicine, basic and applied medical research, mass trauma training, and clinical innovations.
Research and Medical Development
At the forefront of medical technology, Rambam’s clinicians and researchers work with engineers and inventors to bring the best medical care to their patients and to develop the next generation of treatments and applications that will benefit people worldwide. The medical center serves as a strategic asset to the north of Israel and its residents, reaching out to the world community through health promotion and medical research discovery.
Tight medical research collaborations between Rambam and leading academic and industrial organizations are contributing to the advancement of medicine worldwide. The Clinical Research Institute at Rambam provides facilities for outstanding translational research—a must in this collaborative environment that leverages close affiliations with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, University of Haifa, and booming medical technology within Haifa and the environs. This synergy nurtured Israel's first two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Professor Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, who performed their research in the Technion’s Faculty of Medicine adjacent to Rambam’s campus, and has distinguished Rambam internationally for breakthrough advances in stem-cell research, human population genetics, and hybrid imaging.
An Infrastructure for the Next Generation
To better provide for the health and well-being of our patients, Rambam is currently going through a far-reaching construction undertaking that commenced in 2007, after the Second Lebanon War (and in part a direct response to lessons learned from that wat). First to be built was the 2000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital (a 1,500 space parking lot in peacetime that seamlessly converts to a hospital within 72 hours). The above-ground complex includes Joseph Fishman Oncology Center, Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital, along with two important facilities currently under construction: Helmsley Health Discovery Tower and Eyal Ofer Cardiovascular Hospital. Completion of this infrastructure will help Rambam remain at the forefront of national and international achievements in patient care and medical teaching and research. These new facilities represent the latest and most advanced innovation in hospital planning and design, providing Rambam with the capacity to serve the growing community of northern Israel well into the future.