Sarah Herzog Hospital is one of Israel’s foremost centers for geriatric and mental health care, combining exceptional medical care with outstanding research achievements. It treats the effects of advancing age and mental instability with a rare combination of professional expertise and compassion. Founded in 1894, Herzog Hospital, with 330 beds, is now the third largest hospital in Jerusalem.
Today, Herzog's Geriatrics Division specializes in the full range of problems associated with aging:
acute medical problems
psychogeriatrics, with special emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's Disease and senile dementias, such as Alzheimer's
chronic respiratory care
complex medical and nursing care
Following the expertise it developed in respiratory care for geriatric patients, Herzog recently opened a Children's Chronic Respiratory Care Unit, in response to a growing need. Children provide a very unique challenge within this highly specialized field. The Unit cares for children, ranging in age from 3 months to 18 years, who have either experienced a severe injury, a tragic accident or were born with a neurological or genetic disease.
The Division of Psychiatry has a high level of success in treating those suffering from schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, many through a community-based approach. Herzog also maintains the only unit in Israel specializing in the treatment of therapy-resistant depression
The Research Department has earned an outstanding international reputation for its groundbreaking work in behavioral genetics, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's Diseases, addiction, ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), as well as pioneering work in the genetics of variants of normal human behavior. Herzog Hospital scientists have received several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the European Commission, the Israeli Ministry of Science, NARSAD (the US National Alliance for Research on Schizophhrenia and Depression), the Society of Biological Psychiatry and many other funding agencies. Researchers at Herzog are frequent contributors to prestigious international journals and collaborate with leading hospitals and universities throughout North America and Europe.
The Hospital also maintains several outpatient facilties in the community.
The Community Mental Health Center treats 2000 men, women and children a month including outreach programs in schools, clinics and other institutions. It has developed significant experience in counseling the ultra-Orthodox.
The Etgar Children's Clinic specializes in treating Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome.
Herzog's Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)) is a unique form of anxiety and behavioral problems that can be caused by terror attacks, wars, domestic violence, natural disasters and most recently, adults and children traumatized by ongoing missile attacks in Israel. Holocaust survivors (including second and third generation), particularly suffer from PTSD. Herzog’s Psychotrauma Center maintains one of the most effective treatment, training and research centers in Israel, also providing trauma counseling services, therapy and educational seminars throughout Israel. It has become an international resource center as well, working with trauma specialists throughout the world.
Approximately 15% of Herzog Hospital's patients are Muslims and Christians; 30% of those treated at Herzog are Holocaust survivors.
As a major teaching hospital, which provides training for the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Herzog is teaching the next generation of specialists in geriatrics and psychiatry, as well as medical students, students of nursing, psychology and social work.
Financing: Herzog Hospital is an NPO/NGO which receives no government funding of any sort, yet it is one of the very few hospitals in Israel that maintains a balanced budget. It is managed by a voluntary board of directors. Donations are required for capital expenditure, improvements, expansion, research and special programs to meet growing needs. Projects are supported through “Friends of Herzog Hospital” groups overseas and in Israel and by foundations and individuals.
Donor Information: Extensive naming opportunities, including planned gifts and bequests, are available for a broad range of projects. In all departments, patient rooms are available for dedication. New medical equipment is also always a pressing need. Numerous research projects in genetics, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, schizophrenia and other areas require funding. The Hospital maintains a full range of endowment and deferred giving plans, including charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds.
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