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Israeli PM Netanyahu Visits Rambam; Receives COVID-19 Response Update

Publication Date: 10/19/2020 10:30 AM | by: Rambam

Rambam Health Care Campus hosted Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, who came to learn about the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Touring Rambam's COVID-19 Command Center. (Left) Chief Medical Officer Brigadier General Elon Glassberg, (middle) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , and (right) Dr. Michael Halberthal. Photography: Rambam HCCTouring Rambam's COVID-19 Command Center. (Left) Chief Medical Officer Brigadier General Elon Glassberg, (middle) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , and (right) Dr. Michael Halberthal. Photography: Rambam HCC

Israel’s Prime Minister, MK Benjamin Netanyahu visited Rambam Health Care Campus yesterday, where he met with the hospital's management and toured the COVID-19 command center, which oversees the activities of the coronavirus departments in the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital.

Rambam’s General Director Dr. Michael Halberthal presented the hospital’s COVID-19 activities to Prime Minister Netanyahu, explaining that Rambam’s successes so far have been achieved through the complete mobilization of all hospital sectors, extensive collaboration with civilian and military industries to find answers for the pandemic-related challenges the hospital has faced, assistance from and the generosity of hospital supporters, and the connection with the IDF medical corps, which opened two COVID-19 departments in the fortified underground hospital to treat civilians.

The prime minister was impressed by the technology and computer solutions used to address the complexities of COVID-19 medical treatment. While touring the command center, Prime Minister Netanyahu stopped at the station displaying one of the IDF’s departments. He spoke by telephone and video with Yaakov Artzi, an IDF retiree from Netanya who has been hospitalized there for several days, who told him about dealing with the disease in general and the hospitalization at the underground facility at Rambam.

At the end of the tour, the Prime Minister noted that he was impressed by what he had seen. “Rambam has a significant addition to its ability to care for patients. The medical teams are on the frontlines, and we all need to remember this and show our gratitude.”