Wrap up of 2017





Soroka wraps up 2017


Soroka University Medical Center Continues to Lead and Wraps up 2017 

 
   
 
   
 
09 January 2018  
   

Approximately 6,900,000 people came through the hospital this year; close to 30,000 surgical procedures were performed; about 17,000 babies were born at the Saban Maternity Center

Approximately 6,900,000 people came through the hospital this year; close to 30,000 surgical procedures were performed; about 17,000 babies were born at the Saban Maternity Center; 600,000 visits to outpatient clinics and institutes; dozens of studies by researchers at Soroka were published in medical journals; approximately 240,000 visits to the Emergency Rooms and hundreds of helicopter landings at the hospital’s helipad.

In 2017

  • Soroka leads hospitals in Israel in the weighted national medical quality indicator scores, as defined by the Ministry of Health.
  • In the measurement of total infections in the intensive care units performed by the Ministry of Health - Soroka outscored all of the large Israeli hospitals.
  • Soroka's Emergency Room leads Israeli medical centers in a satisfaction survey of patients conducted by the Ministry of Health.
  • Hundreds participated in the Dr. at the Bar series -  Soroka Brain Talk - lectures by experts from the Soroka Brain Center.
  • Da Vinci surgical robot, biplane neuroangiography room for brain catheterizations, a new linear accelerator for radiotherapy for oncology patients and an advanced cardiac catheterization laboratory - are some of the worlds finest technologies and devices purchased by Soroka Medical Center this past year

All of this and more in the summary of our activity in 2017

Prof. Ehud Davidson, Director of Soroka Medical Center, said, "This past year, we continued to invest resources in development and construction, and new services. We introduced innovative technologies to perform advanced medical procedures. Quality medicine, with special attention to service, is the heart and soul of our work. We strive to continue to work on special projects that combine quality and service, in order to improve patient satisfaction. We will do so through our most important resource - our staff of over 4,000 employees."


Prof. Davidson added, “Soroka Medical Center - the standard-bearer of quality medicine in Israel and particularly in southern Israel - will continue to bridge the existing gaps in health care between the periphery and center of the country. We can provide many examples, among them the construction of the Comprehensive Center for Cancer Treatment and Research that will open in the coming months, the establishment of the Center for Research and Treatment of Brain Morbidity, expansion of the Orthopedics Division, opening of another Obstetrics Department and more. We set a goal of becoming a leading medical center, and I am proud that we are achieving it.”

Some of the many medical stories, events, achievements, new services and milestones at Soroka in 2017 

  • In the measurement of total infections in the intensive care units performed by the Ministry of Health - Soroka outscored all of the large Israeli hospitals. 
  • Soroka's Emergency Room leads Israeli medical centers in a satisfaction survey of patients conducted by the Ministry of Health.
  • For the first time in Israel, a special treatment for tinnitus through brain catheterization was performed at Soroka.
  • Rehabilitative dental treatment for complex patients - a new service at Soroka’s Oral and Maxillofacial Division.
  • An innovative project - digital signage and direction using cellular phones - won first place in the 19th annual conference of the National Council for Logistics in Health Care. 
  •  A new and unique service was introduced at Soroka for the first time in Israel - text messages to patients while they are being treated in ER. 
  • Complex surgery was performed to remove a tumor from the pancreas along with a rare surgical procedure to remove the tumor, which had spread to the portal vein and the splenic vein.
  • A cross-kidney transplant was performed. A man from southern Israel and a woman from the center of the country wanted to donate a kidney to their mothers, but they did not match. In the end, each one donated a kidney to the other mother.
  • Da Vinci surgical robot, biplane neuroangiography room for brain catheterizations, a new linear accelerator for radiotherapy for oncology patients and an advanced cardiac catheterization laboratory - are some of the world’s finest technologies and devices purchased by Soroka Medical Center for tens of millions of shekels this past year.
  • Clinical-research cooperation with the Negev Autism Research Center reveals a unique autism database. 
  • Virtual design of orthodontic surgery performed by physicians in the Oral and Maxillofacial Unit made it possible to print a 3D brace for a patient who suffered from skeletal malocclusion.
  • Otorhinolaryngologists removed a coin from a six-year old girl’s throat, after she was referred to Soroka because of problems swallowing. 
  • A woman in her forties was brought in to the Soroka Emergency Room with a severe asthma attack. She was connected to an ECMO machine and her life was saved.
  • Two young brothers underwent life-saving surgery at Soroka following aortic rupture.
  • A son donated a kidney to his father - the transplant was performed successfully at Soroka.
  • The national health champions gave flu shots to the national soccer champions - Soroka Medical Center staff gave flu shots to Hapoel Beer Sheva soccer players.
  • DEM (Emergency Room) and Cardiology Division physicians at Soroka treated Elyaniv Barda, Captain of Hapoel Beer Sheva soccer team.
  • Getting pregnant and giving birth with a prosthetic valve and congenital heart defect - a young woman underwent the complex process at Soroka.
  • A unique, complex and life-saving procedure to close a vascular defect in the brain was performed at Soroka Medical Center.

  • Appointments at Soroka in 2017 
  •  Yarden Nevo - Associate Director General of the Medical Center
  • Prof. Itzhak Avital - Director of the Cancer Center, specialist in surgical oncology
  • Prof. Nir Peled - Director, Oncology Division
  • Prof. Alex Zvulunov - Director, Dermatology Department
  • Prof. Eli Hershkowitz - appointed Director of Pediatrics D
  • Dr. Dan Schwarzfuchs - Deputy Director, Soroka Medical Center
  • Dr. Israel Melamed - Director, Neurosurgery Department
  • Dr. Galit Perez - Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit
  • Dr. Oleg Dukhno - Director, Advanced Minor Invasive Surgery Service
  • Dr. Jean Marc Weinstein - Director, Congestive Heart Failure Service
  • Alan Friedman - Director, Physical Medicine and Musculoskeletal  Rehabilitation Service
  • Dr. Idit Liberty - Director, Diabetes Service
  • Dr. Mark Margulies - Director, Clinical Nutrition Service
  • Dr. Ruslan Kutz - Director, Operating Room Administration Service
  • Dr. Murad Asli - Director, Laproscopic Urology Service
  • Dr. Yelena Kan - Director, Dermatopathology Service
  • Dr. Boris Rogachev - Director, Kidney Transplantation Service
  • Dr. Hoisni Alkrinawi - Director, Emergency Surgical Medicine Service
  • Dr. Mickey Gideon - Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Service
  • Dr. Lior Nesher - Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Service
  • Dr. Vitaly Romanyuk - Director, Invasive Radiology Service
  • Liliya Grinspon - Nursing Director, Orthopedics B
  • Monique Atias - Nursing Director, Delivery Room
  • Victoria Vorobiovsky - Nursing Director, Recovery Room
  • Masho Solomon - Head Nurse, Obstetrics B
  • Yael Dvori - Nursing Director, Pediatric Surgery Department
  • Ella Amoyal - Deputy to Associate Director General of the Hospital


A selection of the research conducted this year at Soroka
• A correlation was established between preterm birth of a woman to history of preterm birth of her mother or aunt.
• A direct correlation was established between obesity during pregnancy and long-term endocrinological complications in the newborns.
•  A correlation was found between stress attributed to fighting in Gaza and blood sugar levels in residents of southern Israel.
• It was found that obesity and diabetes in childhood is linked to date of birth.
• A gene significantly involved in male infertility was found.
• Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of long-term neurological morbidity of the newborn.
• In many cases, a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet is better than a low-fat  diet, even if the change in weight is lower


Conferences, projects, seminars and prizes
• Emergency Site Manager - Changing the Rules of the Game, Soroka in first place at the Clalit Health Services Quality Conference. Project by the DEM staff at Soroka won first place.
• Hundreds participated in the Dr. at the Bar series -  Soroka Brain Talk - lectures by experts from the Soroka Brain Center.
• A Star is Born - Hospital administration commends the outstanding units at departments at Sorok.a
• Knesset confers honor to Soroka Medical Center Director on the hospital's impressive achievement of being the leading hospital in Israel, after the Ministry of Health's national quality indicators were weighed.
• Seminar on innovation in occupational therapy was held at Soroka.
• Annual study day and wrap-up of clinical training year for physical therapy services at Clalit.
• Saban Maternity Center marked Breastfeeding Week at Clalit.
• One-day conference of the Knee and Arthroscopic Surgery Association on the subject of surgical treatment in unusual cases of instability of the patella.
• A seminar marking World Parkinson's Awareness Day was held at the Movement Disorder Clinic.
• A Pregnancy and Childbirth Conference was held at the Saban Birth and Maternity Center at Soroka, with over 400 women and their partners participating. 
• The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at Soroka is the leader in dentistry in southern Israel. At a conference held at Soroka, its experts presented innovations in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
• Unique Imam Forum - for cooperation between imams in the Negev and the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Division.
• A unique program of continuity of care in rehabilitation that was presented for the first time at an international conference in Moscow by Soroka and Clalit experts.
• Extraordinary cooperation between the staff of Soroka’s Ultrasound School and Ben-Gurion University, physicians from Harvard and Palestinian physicians - as part of a course for physicians on the use of advanced ultrasound systems
• Innovative and complex procedures were broadcast live from the Catheterization Room at Soroka to the ICI cardiology conference.


The staff of Soroka Medical Center wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2018!

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