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Massachusetts Senators visit Rambam Hospital in Haifa

HAIFA, Israel – A delegation of Massachusetts State Senators visited Rambam Health Care Campus to see the latest innovations in healthcare and to tour the fortified underground emergency hospital that turns from a 1,500-space car garage in just 72 hours.

The delegation, led by the Jewish Community Relations Council, included Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and nine other members of the state Senate.

Rambam Health Care Campus is Northern Israel’s largest medical campus serving a potential population of two million people. The hospital has the only Level One trauma center in the region, and is home to the 2,000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital, the largest facility of its kind in the world. The hospital’s success in transforming healthcare innovations has received international acclaim, particularly in the fields of oncology, pediatrics, cardiology, mass casualty/ trauma care, and research innovation.

Aside from learning about the newest technological innovations unique to Rambam Health Care Campus and meeting Director of Medical Operations Dr. Avi Weissmann and Professor Lior Gepstein, the members of the Senate and the JCRC also sought to witness the ideal of co-existence practiced within the halls of Rambam every day. Rambam Health Care Campus has long been acknowledged as a microcosm of the Middle East, tending to the needs of both Arab and Israeli patients, by Arab and Israeli doctors working together.

“It is an honor to host members of the Massachusetts Senate,” said Rambam Health Care Campus Director General Prof. Rafael Beyar. “Along with apprising them of the current technological innovations that are underway at our facility, we are proud to show them the innovations we have made in the way of health care service without discrimination. At Rambam, we treat patients with compassion and their best interests in mind. We don’t care about politics, religious orientation or ethnicity. Those issues stay outside the hospital walls.”

Rambam Health Care Campus provides comprehensive medical services in all medical specialties and is the tertiary referral center for 12 district hospitals, the Israel Defense Forces Northern Command, U.N. Peacekeeping Forces stationed in the region, and the US Sixth Fleet. Many of Rambam’s physicians participate in cutting-edge research projects to bring new therapies and treatments not only to their patients, but the greater community of the world.  For more information, visit

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