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A Brief Profile of  the  Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital


  • a comprehensive hospital, from acute care to rehabilitation; from well-baby care to life-threatening trauma

  • a "pain free" hospital: all treatments are done with specialized anesthesia so that the child experiences no pain and no fear

  • 155 beds serving more than 60,000 patients a year, including 8,000 in-patient admissions, 16,000 emergency room visits, and many ambulatory patients

  • more than 10,000 infants born a year, including at least 1,200 requiring special or intensive care

  • Israel's leading pediatric services in hematology and hemato-oncology, bone marrow transplantation, rheumatology, rehabilitation and more

  • operates the EDMOND  J . SAFRA International Congenital Heart Center  (EJS-ICHC)   with units in genetic research and counseling, early diagnosis of intra-uterine congenital heart defects, and sophisticated cardiac surgery

  • open to patients from across Israel, the Mediterranean region, the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world

  • housed in an architectural masterpiece: hospital building is physically designed to create a cheerful "fantasy" environment for the children its serves

Shortly after the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, Dr. Chaim Sheba persuaded Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, of the necessity to establish a pediatric service at Tel Hashomer to cope with wave of immigrant children suffering from malnutrition and infectious diseases. Over the ensuing 50 years, the pediatric units have developed into a nationally and internationally renowned center for the treatment of children's diseases. In 2002 we inaugurated "The Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital" within the Sheba Medical Center, a magnificent four story facility.

Our mission is the treatment and caring of the sickest children with the most complex medical conditions. We are able to provide state-of-the-art care with all modern technologies available in each of our specialty units. Many of our patients have serious chronic diseases and we pay particular attention to providing a friendly, compassionate and pain-free environment for our children.

In the tradition of Sheba Medical Center, the Pediatric Division has led the way in this country in the establishment of new pediatric services. This includes the building and staffing of a modern intensive care unit with a step down intermediate unit, an in-patient hemato-oncology unit that performs bone marrow transplantation and intensive chemotherapy, an outpatient clinical service and day care center for Oncology patients and a pediatric hospice. A pediatric surgical department that caters to all the pediatric subspecialties including Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology and Otorhinolaryngology.

Our child development center was the first of its kind in Israel and is part of our psychiatric services. We also have a day care center for autistic children.

Our new wing now houses our nationally recognized departments of rehabilitation and pediatric psychiatry, with both inpatient and day care facilities. In addition all our medical subspecialty institutes, units and clinics are housed in this wing.

We believe that the needs of the patients are central to provision of the required service. Therefore, we are continuously improving the quality of care by creating disease-orientated multi-disciplinary teams with relevant physicians, sub-specialists, nurses and para-medical personnel to cater for their individual needs. Our strength lies in our capacity to create these specialist teams, who may interact with each other and tailor the need for each of our special patients. Examples of this approach are the collaborative efforts of pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists in our national center for Cystic Fibrosis. Similar interaction may be seen in patients, who may be classified as having neuroscience related disorders. Here neurologists, metabolists, geneticists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation experts, occupation and speech therapists may all be involved in the care of one patient.

We firmly believe that we should not be isolated in the ivory tower of the hospital environment and are active within the local community. We have integrated our emergency services with those of the secondary centers in the community. Our residents and specialists work side by side in the community and, in addition to the expert services provided, an excellent teaching environment has been established. Our aim is to develop appropriate research programs in these community settings.

Our medical staff has been trained at many of the best pediatric institutions in the world and often plays leading roles within their European and American professional societies. We are a sought-after center for both resident and sub-specialty training. The Division of Pediatrics is affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine at the University of Tel Aviv and our physicians are actively involved in the teaching and research programs in the medical school. Our nursing and para-medical staffs also have academic training, are centers for learning within their professions and are actively involved in research in their field.

The Educational Project of The Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital


All our departments are affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine and our staff holds academic positions at this institution. We serve as the clinical training ground for both Israeli and American medical students. In addition student nurses and paramedical personnel do their undergraduate training in our various departments. We are a very sought after program for resident training. Here, in addition to the practical instruction and experience acquired in the patient wards a structured teaching program has been organized for their benefit. We also have active teaching programs in the community and encourage visitors to attend courses at our hospital.

The education program for medical students, pediatric residents and continuing medical education is headed by Prof. Zvi Spirer, one of the most eminent pediatricians in the country. Prof. Spirer, who trained as an immunologist in the Department of Immunology at Tel Aviv University, is a full academic professor and incumbent of the Alcalay Chair of Pediatric Immunology at the Sackler School of Medicine. He has joined our staff recently following retirement as head of the Dana Children's Hospital. There, he personally trained more than 150 residents in his career and we continue to enjoy his legendary abilities as a clinical teacher.

Our in house school caters for all the needs of our patients, particularly those who require longer periods of admission. We also are committed to educate our parents and have organized disease orientated seminars and conferences to inform and encourage them to cope with their children's ailments.

We have a rather unique simulation center that has been used for training in CPR and advanced training in life support. We also have used this site to improve our physicians interviewing skills. For example, the drama students of a local high school play out the role of the problematic teenage patients.

Hospital at a Glance


Number of Patients per Year - 8000 Inpatient Admissions.60,000 Visits to Specialist Ambulatory Services and Emergency Room.We care for over 10,000 Newborn Infants of whom almost 1,200 require Special or Intensive Care.


Number of Beds - 124 Hospital Beds and 70 Beds in the Unit for Healthy Newborns and 44 Beds in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a Step-Down Facility.


Director - Prof. Asher.Barzilai

Address - The Edmond & Lily Safra Children's Hospital


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Tel - 972-3-5302895


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