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New Hematology Unit Opens at Rambam

Publication Date: 9/5/2022 10:30 AM

A new hematology unit recently opened at Rambam Health Care Campus to meet the growing need for expanded hematology services in Northern Israel.

Some attendees at the opening ceremony of the new Inpatient Unit - Hematology B. Photography: Rambam HCC
Some attendees at the opening ceremony of the new Inpatient Unit - Hematology B. Photography: Rambam HCC

A new, 14-bed, state-of-the-art, inpatient hematology unit – Inpatient Unit - Hematology B - under the directorship of Dr. Inna Tzoran, Senior Hematologist, Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation was recently opened at Rambam Health Care Campus (Rambam).

Rambam is the tertiary referral center for 12 district hospitals in the region and the only medical center in Northern Israel with dedicated beds for its hematology patients. A team of highly-trained specialist physicians and nurses provide each patient with the highest level of medical care, including oncology patients, undergoing chemotherapy, out-patients who require close medical supervision, as well as patients in need of a wide range of other related medical interventions.

In the last 18-months, CAR T-Cell therapy – a revolutionary blood cancer treatment that programs the patient's white blood cells to kill cancer cells has been added to Rambam’s arsenal of cancer therapies. Rambam is the only hospital in Northern Israel authorized by Israel’s Ministry of Health to offer CAR T-Cell therapy, due to the highly skilled staff and advanced laboratory services necessary for cell collection. Rambam also provides bone marrow transplants (15 dedicated beds) and treatment of severe blood-clotting disorders and other hematological life-threatening conditions (8 additional hematology beds).

Dr. Michal Mekel (fourth person on the left in the photo), Deputy Director of Rambam, participated in the opening ceremony held in the Bay View Building at the heart of the hospital campus. Other attendees at the ceremony included Gila Hyams, Director of Nursing, Professor Tsila Zuckerman, Director of the Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Institute, Dr. Ron Hoffman, Deputy Director of the Hematology Department and Director of the Hematology Clinical Service, Dr. Nathaniel Horowitz, Director, Hematology Outpatient, Liya Katzir, Head Nurse, Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematology.

Dr. Ina Zoran summarized the importance of the new unit: “As the largest hospital in Northern Israel and the only referral center for the region, we have been faced with an increasing number of complex referrals and the demand for hospital beds in our department exceeded the supply. The additional beds enable improved quality of care for our hematology unit patients while reducing the need for emergency room intervention. The multidisciplinary care offered here at Rambam, and particularly in our department, has a direct positive effect on the health and recovery of our patients.”