Hillel Yaffe Medical Center

The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center (Hebrew: מרכז רפואי הלל יפה‎) is a major hospital on the western edge of Hadera, Israel. It serves a population of about 380,000 residents in an area ranging from Zikhron Ya'akov in the north to Netanya in the south, from the Mediterranean coast in the west to Umm el-Fahm and the Green Line in the east. The center is named after Hillel Yaffe, a pioneering Israeli doctor who worked in nearby Jewish settlements in the land of Israel during the First Aliyah in the early 20th century.

  • 1957 - The hospital was founded in a number of small wooden shacks that were erected on the sand dunes to the west of Hadera.
  • 1967 - The academic school named after Pat Matthews was founded.
  • 1970-1975 - The hospital was the national center for organ transplants, under the leadership of Dr. Erwin Ya'akov, the manager of the surgery division.
  • 1980 - The modern building for patients was populated. It continues to serve the majority of units at the hospital.

As of 2006 the operations of the hospital are centralized in two main buildings:

  • The main building was designed by the architect Ilya Belzitzman and was dedicated in 1980. North of this building, facing the entrance to the emergency room, stands a statue of the professor and doctor Rafi Karso, who was the manager of the neurology division, the institute for alternative medicine, and the institute for alleviating pain.
  • The "building of the institutes" was designed by the architect Alex Shohet.

A new multipurpose building, which was designed by the office of the architect Uzi Gordon, is under construction, and is expected to be finished and ready for use in 2009.

Diverse population and staff

A diverse group of doctors and nurses works at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center: Arabs and Jews, natives and immigrants. The patients also reflect the diversity of the region's population: urban people alongside rural farmers, natives and immigrants, Jews and Arabs. The hospital thus serves as an example of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews, and of absorbing immigrants from the Soviet Union, Ethiopia and other lands.

Divisions and units
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Pediatric development and rehabilitation
  • Nephrology and high blood pressure
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Pathology
  • Sexual health
  • Hematology
  • Dermatology
  • Holistic (alternative) medicine
  • Mental health