Soroka Medical Center
And yet, despite its achievements and the dedication of its medical and support staff, there exist great unmet needs. Soroka ’s neonatal and pediatric departments offer family-centered intensive care with world-class survival rates. Yet the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units are in dire need of renovation and expansion. Soroka has a leading cancer institute and children’s oncology unit, and treats more than 10%of all new cancer patients in
Soroka has the busiest maternity ward in
More than 12,000 people over the age of 65 are also treated at Soroka each year, and there is great need for a comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic and for the hospital’s geriatric services to be extended into other departments such as orthopedics and the emergency room.
Soroka’s physicians travel in mobile units to care for patients in remote clinics as part of Soroka’s famous community outreach programs. Its physicians are faculty members and scientists at the
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)of the
Soroka’s PICU is one of the busiest pediatric intensive care units in
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit receives an unparalleled variety of the most severe cases, including terror attacks, traumas, near drowning accidents and burns. The unit also deals with severe infectious diseases, cardiac, respiratory and renal failure, and young patients who have undergone open heart surgery and neurosurgical procedures. Many of the severe conditions the PICU treats are indigenous to the
The permanent staff of the unit includes intensive care pediatricians and nurses. Care in the PICU is family-centered; parents are allowed to remain near their child for unlimited periods and are even encouraged to help in simple procedures. The PICU social worker, who ideally would accompany each child and family throughout the hospitalization, helping to alleviate their anxiety and fear, is unfortunately available ¼ time only.
The “pediatric risk of mortality score ” of the Soroka PICU, based on the severity of cases admitted, equals that of major university medical centers in North America and
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