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Sheba Medical Center

The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer (Hebrew: המרכז הרפואי ע"ש חיים שיבא – תל השומר‎), also Tel HaShomer Hospital, is the largest hospital in Israel,[1] located in the Tel HaShomer neighborhood of Ramat Gan, in the Tel Aviv District. In 2019, Newsweek ranked it as the 10th-best hospital in the world.[2]

Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center logo.svg
LocationTel HaShomer, Ramat Gan, Israel
Coordinates32°2′49.75″N 34°50′42.41″E / 32.0471528°N 34.8451139°E / 32.0471528; 34.8451139Coordinates: 32°2′49.75″N 34°50′42.41″E / 32.0471528°N 34.8451139°E / 32.0471528; 34.8451139
Affiliated universityTel Aviv University
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Israel
Other linksSheba International


The hospital was established in 1948 as Israel's first military hospital, to treat casualties of Israel's War of Independence. It was founded in a cluster of abandoned military barracks from the Mandate era, and was originally known as Army Hospital No. 5. Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion had it renamed Tel HaShomer Hospital. In 1953, it became a civilian hospital, and Dr. Chaim Sheba became its director. Following Sheba's death, the hospital was renamed in his honor.[3]

Situated on a 150-acre (61 ha) campus in east Ramat Gan, Sheba today operates 120 departments and clinics. It has 1,700 beds, over 1,400 physicians, 2,600 nurses and 3,300 other healthcare workers.[4]

It handles over 1,000,000.5 patient visits a year, including 200,000 emergency visits annually, and conducts more than two million medical tests of all types each year, on a $320 million (approximate) annual budget. Sheba is supported by donations from a network of philanthropists and friends from around the world.[5]


Safra Children's Hospital
Padeh Geriatric Rehabilitation Center

Sheba includes an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital (one of the largest rehabilitation hospitals in the world, with 800 beds and 14 buildings), a women's hospital, a children's hospital, an eating disorder clinic, a PTSD clinic for soldiers,[6][7] a laboratory division, an outpatient division, and an academic campus.

The medical center is also home to the Israel National Center for Health Policy and Epidemiology Research (equivalent to the U.S. National Institutes of Health), the internationally acclaimed Israel National Center for Medical Simulation (MSR),[8] the Israel National Blood Bank and Cord Blood Bank, and the Safra International Congenital Heart Center.

Other major centers at Sheba include the Sheba Cancer Treatment and Research Centers,[9] the Sheba Heart Center that was donated by Lev Leviev,[10] and the Tel Hashomer Medical Research, Infrastructure and Services Co. Ltd., which provides global consulting and training services [11] There is also a special rehabilitation hotel, the Shilev Hotel, for recuperating patients. It has 36 double rooms outfitted like ordinary hotels rooms, and a medical wing complete with a doctors office, nurses room, and treatment room.[12]

The medical center also maintains a hotel for guests who wish to remain close to a patient, and two shopping malls.[12]

Sheba provides services to patients from across the Middle East, including many patients (especially children) from the Palestinian Authority. It also provides guidance and mentoring in the planning, construction and operation of healthcare systems and hospitals around the world.[11] Sheba has helped to found a multi-disciplinary clinic in Ukraine, an imaging Center in Uzbekistan, a medical center in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, an oncology center in Mauritania, a polyclinic in the Ivory Coast, and more. Sheba has sent medical support to Kosovo, Armenia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Rwanda. Many patients from the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world are treated at Sheba.[citation needed]

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was hospitalized at Sheba in May and November 2006.


Work by Yaacov Agam at the Sheba Medical Center

A large proportion of clinical research in Israel is conducted at Sheba. It is the main clinical trial venue for human health scientific studies conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.[citation needed] In 2011, Sheba topped the list of Israeli hospitals for revenue acquired through research, at NIS 42.4 million, but came second in 2012.[13]

Scientific research at Sheba includes a study of pregnancy after transplantation of cryopreserved ovarian tissue in a patient with ovarian failure after chemotherapy;[14] a study of alginate-based stem cell biomaterial injected into heart attack victims that may repair heart tissue;[15] and a study showing that heavy cell phone users are subject to a higher risks of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary gland.[16] The Israeli company Ventor Technologies developed a novel type of heart valve which can be implanted by catheterization rather than open-heart surgery at Sheba. This invention was sold to medical device maker Medtronic in 2009 for US$325 million, of which about 10% went to Sheba Medical Center.[17]

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  1. ^ Ayala Hurwicz (May 7, 2007). "Sheba – Largest Hospital in Israel" (in Hebrew). Retrieved September 14, 2007.,
  2. ^ Miller, Noah (20 March 2019). "The 10 Best Hospitals in the World". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ Sheba History
  4. ^ "Printable Fact Sheets on Sheba". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Supporting Sheba". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Rehabilitation Hospital". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "Israel Center for Medical Simulation". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "The Sheba Cancer Research Center". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  10. ^ "Lev Leviev Heart Center". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Sheba International". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Visitor Information
  13. ^ Linder-Gantz, Roni (February 11, 2013). "Record Income For Hospitals for Clinical Research: NIS 370 Million". TheMarker (in Hebrew). Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Pregnancy after Transplantation of Cryopreserved Ovarian Tissue in a Patient with Ovarian Failure after Chemotherapy". New England Journal of Medicine. 353: 318–321. doi:10.1056/NEJMc055237. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  15. ^ Graber, Cynthia. "Can Seaweed Mend a Broken Heart". Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  16. ^ "Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Cancer, Study Suggests". February 15, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  17. ^ "Medtronic acquires heart valve startup Ventor Technologies for $325 million". February 24, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2011.

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