Dear Friends,

As we are about to celebrate the Jewish New Year, it is an opportunity to update and share with you what is happening today at Shamir Medical Center.

The State of Israel, together with the entire world, currently faces a campaign we have never known before - a global struggle to eradicate the COVID-19 virus. Today, more than ever, we are proud to be at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 in Israel with our outstanding medical teams, advanced technologies, groundbreaking research and with the wide and strong circle of public support of friends such as yourselves.

During March 2020, we created the Shamir Corona Center that consists of three wards. Following the request of the Ministry of Health, and in preparation for the winter, we are required to set up a COVID-19 emergency room and establish an underground hospital with another 150 beds, about which you can read in detail in the attached article.

Also in this update - the first visit of the new Minister of Health of the State of Israel to Shamir Medical Center to see our COVID-19 Departments at first hand.

Finally, I would like to share a particularly happy event: the inauguration of the Helmsley Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency Departments, which took place in the presence of the new Minister of HealthMr. Yuli Edelstein, during his visit to the Medical Center.

The establishment of the Helmsley Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency Departments was, made possible thanks to the generous donation of the Leona and Harry Helmsley Foundation.

We reiterate our sincere thanks to our friends: the Trustee of the Foundation. Mr. Sandor Frenkel, Mrs. Breeze McMennamin, Program Director of the Israel Program and the entire staff who brought this dream to fruition

We wish you and your loved ones a Shana Tovah and good health, and thank each one of you for your support during these difficult times.

Warm regards with much appreciation

Dr. Osnat Levtzion Korach

Director General & CEO

Shamir Medical Center