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New Center for Treatment of Emotional Trauma at Rambam

Publication Date: 5/13/2021 10:30 AM

The new Center for Treatment of Emotional and Psychological Trauma replaces the hospital’s previous unit, formerly located in the Stone Building.

One of the new center's treatment rooms. Inset: Dr. Talma Cohen. Photography courtesy of Rambam HCC.
One of the new center's treatment rooms. Inset: Dr. Talma Cohen. Photography courtesy of Rambam HCC.

Due to a rise in the number of patients requiring treatment for psychological trauma, Rambam Health Care Campus recently inaugurated a new Center for the Treatment of Emotional and Psychological Trauma in the “Amot” Building, located near the hospital campus. The new facility replaces the unit’s former home in Rambam’s Stone Building, which had been open since April 2018. While coronavirus concerns dramatically reduced in-person patient visits at Rambam during the past year, the need for such a service continued to grow, creating the need for a new home.

Rambam patients seeking care for emotional trauma include similar numbers of men and women, with a broad range of ages – from children in kindergarten to the elderly. These are people who have been injured in automobile and work place accidents, have experienced acts of violence such as sexual molestation and shootings, fires, and every other imaginable traumatic situation. The center focuses on providing targeted short-term treatment.

The location, just a short walk away from the hospital, preserves the advantages of proximity to the hospital and facilitates the staff's ability to arrange consultations and professional guidance for patients. At the same time, the new center provides patients with a dedicated, easily accessible facility, with discreet areas for the treatment of children and families.

The project was brought forward by the Fortissimo Capital Fund, with the support of the Ministry of Health, which was represented at the dedication ceremony by Dr. Tal Bergman, Director of the Mental Health Division and Ms. Inbal Yarkoni, Director of Nursing Services for the Government Medical Teams Division.

Dr. Talma Cohen, Director of the center said, “The new location for the center was selected to advance our goal of providing holistic, integrative treatment in a reassuring environment, all of which are essential to providing our patients with optimal care and the best possible results.” Dr. Michael Halberthal, General Director of Rambam added that the center's staff members were implementing plans to travel to disaster sites to join forces with rescue teams, and to begin providing immediate psychological treatment to ensure continuity of care.