American Friends of Rambam Medical Center has announced a $10 million gift from Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation to support pediatric care at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel.
Rambam — which serves two million residents and is the largest medical center in northern Israel — is expanding its capacity by building a new west campus. The Weills' gift will help establish the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department within the Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Israeli-Palestinian Friendship Center.
The Weill Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department will comprise Rambam's current pediatric hematology-oncology department and its bone marrow transplant unit, which will be merged into a single entity within the Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital when it is completed in 2013. By locating the department in the new hospital, pediatric hematology and oncology patients and their families will have a separate floor that includes in-patient and outpatient facilities, classrooms, playrooms, and age-appropriate visitors' areas. In addition, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Israeli-Palestinian Friendship Center will enable the hospital to better serve patients from Gaza and the West Bank by making residential hostel facilities available to their families while providing advanced medical training to Palestinian residents, fellows, and nursing staff.
"The Weills' gift, and — equally important — their friendship for and commitment to Rambam, reinforce the prominent national and regional leadership role played by our hospital in helping to create, through medicine, the human and societal interactions and bonds so necessary for understanding and for friendly relations between the people of Israel and our neighbors," said Rambam director and CEO Rafael Beyar. "The support and involvement of the Weills, with their deep connections to medical philanthropy in the United States and in the Middle East, will help Rambam make a quantum leap towards realizing our goals."