Dear friends,

We are excited to celebrate the arrival of spring with the Friends of Shamir’s first fundraising event, All proceeds from the event have been earmarked for the establishment of a small baby unit in our Neonatal Intensive Care Ward, which will serve preterm babies whose hospitalization conditions are deemed critical for their future development. 4.5 million NIS were raised for this wonderful project and we are grateful for all our generous donors, partners and friends who took part in the event and helped us promote another excellence center in Shamir Medical Center. We prepared a short video that summaries the wonderful event.

Last March, we inaugurated the first Ziggi Gonchorovsky research conference in the presence of Gonchorovsky family members, who initiated the annual event in order to realize Ziggi’s vision of promoting ideas, nurturing initiative, and cultivating creative thinking. During the conference, outstanding medical research studies were presented and grants were awarded to excelling researchers from the Shamir Medical Center, in order to promote groundbreaking human medicine. Scroll down to read more about the researchers and studies.

We are especially delighted to share with you that Shamir Medical Center has been included in Newsweek’s list of the top 300 hospitals worldwide – one of only six hospitals in Israel to appear on the list. We are proud and honored to be included on this distinguished list.

Shamir Medical Center’s Institute of Allergy, Immunology, and Pediatric Pulmonology, under the leadership of Prof. Arnon Elitzur, has been recognized by the World Allergy Organization as an international center of excellence. Recently, thanks to the generous donation of the Federmann family, we expanded the institute by adding another floor, enabling us to significantly improve the quality of care provided to the institute’s patients. Read more about the institute's activities below.

With the arrival of spring, we all share the hope that the days ahead will pave the way to new opportunities for dialogue, unity, and a positive change for the people of Israel. At Shamir Medical Center, we – individuals from different sectors, different genders, and different faiths – remain committed to our joint endeavor to provide groundbreaking human medicine to all who need it, and thank you for your partnership, friendship and support, which are enabling us to do so.

We wish and your loved ones all a happy, healthy, and safe summer.