On January 2, 2012, The Kaplan Medical Center opened the doors of the new Children’s Medical Center and activated two completed 60 beds hospitalization wards and the Pediatric Emergency Room.
The completion of the additional internal construction on the remaining two floors is scheduled for the end of 2012, pending the availability of funding.
Named Ida Cabakoff Children's Medical Center, this new facility is slated to cost $37 million, fully equipped.
In 2008, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, $13 million had been raised, allowing the construction to begin. Of the remaining $24 million needed, Clalit has pledged to match dollar for dollar.
Thus, $12 million of philanthropic support can complete this world-class facility and the Middle East's most advanced pediatric center.
Major gifts may be recognized through significant naming opportunities, allowing donors to attach their names, and those of loved ones, to an institution that saves many thousands of young lives each year.
The 2008 original grant — matched dollar-for-dollar by Clalit Health Services — enabled Kaplan Medical Center to begin construction of the new four story children's hospital.
This technologically sophisticated and eco-friendly facility will boast 80,000 square feet of interior space, with 30 semi-private inpatients rooms (60 beds) and easy access to and from the general emergency room and Kaplan's other diagnostic facilities of the Kaplan Medical Center.
Stage One of construction includes the building's outer shell, the lobby, and the 3rd and 4th floors and is slated to be completed by November 2011. Stage Two can begin as soon as funding is secured.
Pediatric and Orthopedic Surgery Departments (Fourth floor)
The pediatric and orthopedic surgery departments will have 26 beds for post-surgical hospitalization and treatment. The floor will also include treatment rooms and medical offices, as well as educational facilities.
Architectural renderings of the new inpatient wards
Medical Pediatric Department and Pediatric ICU (Third floor)
Pediatric Emergency Room (Second Floor)
Outpatient Clinics and Day Hospital (Second Floor)
Entrance Hall and Auditorium (First Floor)
Located in Israel's central region, Kaplan's current pediatric department boasts a renowned medical staff of 40 physicians. They work, however, in three one-story barracks, built in 1953.
Young patients are crowded into rooms with eight beds, with no privacy either for them or their families.
There are no isolation rooms to treat oncology patients at risk of infection or young Ethiopians suffering from tuberculosis — and who might infect others.
Parents cannot stay overnight with their children, a real hardship especially for infants and toddlers.
Because of the long distances between the pediatric department and Kaplan's advanced diagnostic facilities, children must be transported out of doors in wheel chairs and motorized stretchers when testing is needed.
Every day, scores of children travel over 1500 feet in all weather — three-tenths of a mile — between their rooms and the medical care they need.
Kaplan Medical Center treats patients from throughout Israel; many travel long distances to be treated by its outstanding faculty.
KMC's Outside Pediatric Clinics cover a vast catchment area stretching from Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi in the south to Rishon LeZion and Nes Ziona in the north.
Having seen Kaplan's caring staff in the clinics, young families trust that the Hospital will provide outstanding care.
Kaplan, along with Israel's other pediatric facilities, cannot keep pace with the demands of Israel's growing young population.
With its top-flight medical staff having passed rigorous American JCI accreditation standards, Kaplan's 40 pediatricians offer advanced care in a dozen specialties:
The hospital's neonatology and intensive care unit for pre-term infants are also part of the pediatric department. The new Pediatric Medical Center will allow the medical staff to provide advanced training to its staff in three additional sub-specialties.
This will allow for advanced medical training and important clinical and basic research projects.
The hospitalized young patients also benefit from a large staff of teachers, some of whom are trained as art, drama, and music therapists.
While hospitalized, the children continue their studies in fully computerized classroom, also equipped with other teaching aids.
When necessary, they are also assisted by the Psychology Services of the hospital.
While Kaplan sees youngsters at every socio-economic level, it is unique in its care of Ethiopian children.
The Ethiopian community has the highest percentage of larger families in Israel: 48% of families have three children or more compared with 30% in the rest of Israel's population.
This community suffers from poverty, neglect, and a lack of parental authority; 60% are single-parent households, and immigrants often cannot cope with Israel's technologically advanced and Western culture.
Because Ethiopian families often have a poor understanding of Israel's health protocols, the Kaplan emergency rooms — both adult and children — also serves as their primary care clinic.
AIDS remains prevalent in the Ethiopian community. Kaplan has Israel’s only AIDS facility: The Neve Or AIDS Treatment and Research Center.
Its staff includes Ethiopian nurses and aides who themselves have contracted AIDS and can treat their patients with greater understanding. Ethiopian youngsters may suffer from tuberculosis, a disease otherwise almost unknown in Israel.
Type 1 diabetes is rampant and children suffer from mutations of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis as well.
Ethiopian teens, having grown up in difficult conditions, also come to Kaplan suffering from alcoholism and other aggressive behaviors.