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The Rehabilitation Hospital

Reborn! The Rehabilitation of IDF Soldiers at the Sheba Medical Center (8 minute film)



"Step by Step: The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Sheba Medical Center" (film)
"Step by Step" (9 minutes) takes you into the awe-inspiring world of rehabilitation at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel's national center for rehabilitation. The film introduces three fascinating new technologies developed by Sheba for advanced and accelerated orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation: Virtual Reality, Computerized Motion Analysis, and the Lokomat Robotic Orthosis Machine, while following the rehabilitation of four young Israelis injured by war, terrorism and traffic accident.


BRIEF PROFILE of the Rehabilitation Hospital



* one of the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation hospitals in the world: 800 beds, 14 buildings


* has national responsibility for the long-term care and treatment of Israel's most difficult rehabilitation cases, including injured soldiers and victims of terror


* provides comprehensive rehabilitation services including orthopedic, neurological, respiratory, psychiatric, geriatric, trauma and MS rehabilitation


* treatment is seamlessly integrated with the Sheba Acute Care Hospital, uniquely providing patients with expert rehabilitation care in the earliest stages of their treatment, ensuring a speedy return to healthy home life


* is a global leader in developing new technologies for advanced orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, including Virtual Reality Muscle Training, Computerized Gait Analysis, and more


* operates Israel's only Eating Disorders clinic for adults, and only Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder clinic for IDF soldiers


* the National Center for treatment of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries




The Rehabilitation Hospital at the Sheba Medical Center is unique in its ability to offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program for a wide range of disabilities. Its philosophy is to facilitate long term physical and emotional rehabilitation, not only short-term acute care, to help patients optimize their functional integration in society. To accomplish this, the Rehabilitation Center has assembled a multi-disciplinary professional staff that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, as well as professional diagnosticians. Our approach includes long-term follow up, inviting patients for periodic evaluations, and monitoring their health status. We create life-long associations with our patients.

The Rehabilitation Hospital is renowned and respected worldwide for its work in helping patients resume and rebuild their lives after traumatic injury or disabling diseases. Its success lies in the dedication of the staff in treating the whole person, not just a particular injury or dysfunction.

Recognizing that therapeutic aids and equipment are an important component of rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Hospital is also involved in the development and improvement of devices to assist patients.

In addition to direct patient care, the Rehabilitation Hospital is involved in advanced research and development. We are also engaged in teaching and staff development for students, local staff, and specialists from abroad. And finally, the Hospital is committed to strong and active community outreach through educational programs and support for community based services.

The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Sheba Medical Center has three divisions (Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics), two hospices The Third Hospice, the Children's Hospice, is in the Acute Care Hospital and is part of the Pediatrics Division), a long-term hospital (the Gilad Nursing Home) and the Institute for Fatigue and Sleep Medicine.

The Rehabilitation Division's new facility, inaugurated a few years ago, is designed to create a warm and homelike atmosphere, using upholstered furniture, spacious rooms and corridors, soft colors, and picture windows overlooking green gardens.

The Rehabilitation Division is comprised of five departments: Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Respiratory Rehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis Center, an Ambulatory Hospitalization Unit and several other clinics.

The Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation, skeletal and bone injuries, patients who suffer from amputations and diabetes-associated pain. The department consists of 34 beds with an average of 780 annual admissions and an average length of stay of 6 weeks. A unique feature of this department is that the operating surgeons, experts in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation, actually devise the patient's individual rehabilitation program and remain engaged as supervisors every step of the way. We often offer our know-how in this area to other countries in dealing with victims of wars and other disasters throughout the world.

The Neurological Rehabilitation Department specializes in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries (both civilian and military). The department has 36 beds with an average of 165 annual admissions with an average length of stay of 3 months. The department specializes in treating the wide variety of problems facing patients who are paralyzed, paraplegics, or quadriplegics. Our focus is on helping them fully integrate into the community. We also treat patients with head injuries, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, and MS patients who require hospitalization.

One of the special features of our Center is the Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation Department. This is an 18 bed unit for chronic and rehabilitation ventilated patients. We are at the forefront of providing a combination of broad-spectrum treatment and innovative therapeutic options with the aim of weaning these patients off ventilation when possible and integrating them back into society. Their treatment includes, among other modalities, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and the use of Hydrotherapy-a unique treatment for these patients. The Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation Department averages 120 patients annually with an average length of stay of 2 months.

The Ambulatory (Day) Hospitalization Unit is designed to offer treatment and rehabilitation to patients with various orthopedic and neurological problems (Stroke, Spinal Cord, Head Injuries, Nervous System Disease). For those patients who are able and have strong family support and involvement, this unit provides intensive treatment on a daily outpatient basis, thus shortening the length of the patient's overall hospital stay. The number of hospitalization days for this unit averages 3,500 annually.

The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-Immunology Center is a multi-discipline holistic unit specializing in the diagnosis, advanced treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with MS and other neuro-immunologic diseases. We provide vanguard treatment with the newest therapeutic drugs. We have a day Hospitalization Unit (950 annual day patients) and a clinic with an annual average of 9,000 visits. Our staff has multi-disciplinary training and includes neurologists, psychiatrists, neuro-ophthalmologist, para-medical support such as psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers. We also feature a neuro-immunology laboratory for testing and research.

Patients with a wide variety of medical conditions and problems can find assistance in the various Rehabilitation Clinics. For example, these clinics maintain long-term follow up of patients with various complex injuries and diabetic patients with foot injuries. There is also a clinic that specializes in non-invasive methods for the correction of orthopedic foot problems (insteps), a clinic that specializes in treatment of congenital orthopedic problems, and a clinic for injured war veterans. There are also clinics offering Neurological, Neuro-Urology, and Uro-Dynamic rehabilitation. There is a Fertility Clinic for patients with spinal cord injuries, including Electro-Ejaculation for the paralyzed, an Electro-Diagnostic Clinic, a clinic for Musco-Skeletal illness, and a clinic specializing in sexual rehabilitation and post poliomyelitis adult patients. The various clinics receive an average of 85,000 annual visits.

The Alternative Medicine Institute offers treatment with traditional Chinese medicine methods (Acupuncture, Chinese herbs), Homeopathy, Chiropractic treatment, Reflexology, Feldenkriez, Shiatsu, and Biofeedback methods (approximately 650 treatments a month) as part of its pain management and rehabilitation program. This department combines research, teaching, and paramedic instruction to graduates of alternative medicine colleges.

The Psychiatric Division includes 3 wards, an Ambulatory Day Care Center, ECT Treatment, and many specialized outpatient clinics. This division is dedicated to treating patients, including adolescents and children, who suffer from mental and emotional conditions; i.e. Schizophrenia, Compulsive-Obsessive Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, etc. With the advent of many new medications, psychiatric treatment has taken great strides forward and is now able to offer help to many patients that will enable them to return to their homes and communities, drastically reducing the number of hospitalizations. This is especially important for the large number of young people who suffer from these conditions so that they can lead productive lives. In addition, we have a Psycho-Geriatric Clinic.

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinic helps patients who have been sexually abused and physically assaulted, as well as survivors of natural disasters, wars, and terror attacks. Treating victims of terror attacks has become especially relevant in these past years, as the amount of terror the Israeli public has been subjected to is unprecedented, with long term social and economic implications. Further, we believe that our experience, research and resources in this area can be helpful to other countries that are experiencing the trauma of terror.

The Geriatric Division adopted a new, holistic concept of providing comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for the elderly in one facility, no matter what their specific illness or condition. It consists of five wards and outpatient clinics for patients with acute illnesses, CVA, Dementia and Alzheimer's, Oncology, Othopedic, and impaired function. Attached to this division, we operate a Memory Clinic for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients. We also provide the medical support for the adjacent Alzheimer's Center of Ramat Gan.

Long-term Hospitalization, located near the Geriatric Division, houses 250 beds for the local population, as well as those referred to the hospital from the surrounding communities. It is a joint venture of the hospital with the local communities of Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Kiryat Ono and Savyon. It provides for continuous care of patients treated in our Geriatric Department who remain with us as nursing patients with the facilities of the hospital, should they be required. The Home provides continuous care for elderly people at different levels of functioning.

The Eating Disorders Department for adults is the only one of its kind in the country, which provides either full hospitalization or day treatment, for adults and adolescents (over 18) suffering from Anorexia or Bulimia. Their treatment is dedicated to saving them from life-threatening consequences and rehabilitating them to live a normal, healthy life with healthy eating habits.

The Sleep Clinic offers help to people who suffer from the wide range of chronic sleep disturbances and fatigue. The multi-disciplinary professional staff, from Neurology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry, has at their disposal the most sophisticated technologies available to offer comprehensive treatment for sleep and fatigue problems.

The Rehabilitation Hospital is a leader in developing new technologies for advanced orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. The hospital adapts the latest advances in Israeli high technology for rehabilitation medicine, allowing for a speedier and more successful recovery rate for many patients. Among the innovative medical technologies pioneered in the Sheba Rehabilitation Hospital are the Virtual Reality Training Facility, the Computerized Motion Analysis Laboratory, and the Isokinetic Laboratory.






Hospital at a Glance
Number of Outpatients per Year - 190000
Number of Patients per Year - 6200

Number of Beds -

Rehabilitation Division 70 Beds - 7 Day Beds

Psychiatry Division 110 Beds - 25 Day Beds

Geriatrics Division 252 Beds - 2 Day Beds

Cancer Hospice 18 Beds

AIDS Unit 8 Beds - 5 Day Beds

Long-term Hospitalization 165 Beds 25 Day Beds
Total 621 Beds - 64 Day Beds

Director - Prof. Shlomo Noy

Prof. Shlomo Noy was born is 1953. He graduated from the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine, in Jerusalem (1978) and received his MBA from INSEAD, Fountainbleau (1985) and Ph.D. in Health Care Management from the Tel Aviv University (1997). He is board certified in Psychiatry and Health Management Care (1990).

Prof. Noy has served as the Director of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital since 1993, and the Director of Research and Development, and Clinical Trials at Sheba since 1995.

He has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University since 1998.

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