The Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Soroka Medical Center, headed by Dr. Iuli Treger, is the first and only such department in Israel to receive accreditation in rehabilitation and professional certification for a rehabilitation program from the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. This certificate of quality, granted to hospitals in countries around the world, indicates the quality and safety of the medical treatment of the rehabilitation program of the department.
The procedures involved in receiving certification from the European organization take approximately a year and a half to complete. During this time, the rehabilitation program is examined based on a long list of clinical and management standards.
The department's staff is multiprofessional and includes physicians, a dedicated rehabilitation nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and a rehabilitation psychologist.
The department has state-of-the-art equipment that is available to patients and therapists. At present, the department has 20 beds. There are plans to construct a rehabilitation building that will include 36 beds for adults, a children's ward, and hydrotherapy pools.
Since the department's opening four years ago, hundreds of patients have been successfully treated there in all areas of rehabilitation medicine. Among them have been patients with orthopedic injuries, patients who have undergone limb amputation, patients with head injuries, patients who have had strokes or spinal cord injuries, oncology patients, patients suffering from serious diseases, and patients who have undergone heart, lung, or intestinal surgery.
The department's staff does everything possible to enable its patients to achieve their rehabilitation goals during the hospitalization period.
According to Dr. Shlomi Codish, Director General of Soroka Medical Center, "The certification in rehabilitation is further evidence of the quality and safety of the treatment that are reflected in the work done at Soroka. It is important for the hospital's management and all hospital employees to maintain these achievements and to leverage professional quality and implement it in all departments on an ongoing and routine basis."
Dr. Iuli Treger, Director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Soroka expressed pride in the department's success in receiving the certification. "Despite the fact that the Rehabilitation Medicine Department is a young department, we have succeeded in meeting the challenge and receiving this important and prestigious certification thanks to the wonderful and professional work of the dedicated staff of the department while implementing processes that lead to the achievement of goals and the continuous improvement of our work for our patients," he stated.