Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest HMO, is coordinating with the State of Israel to provide on-site medical care to serve the people of Ukraine. Soroka Medical Center is leading Israel’s field hospital in Ukraine with its doctors currently on-site, and providing medical consulting in the areas of trauma, surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesia, intensive care, and additional fields as needed.

The “Kohav Meir” (Shining Star) hospital, named after Gold Meir, began operations in March. The field hospital is divided into several divisions, including a children’s ward, a maternity ward and delivery room, an emergency ward, a primary care clinic, an outpatient clinic, and a command center. “I am proud to represent Soroka Medical Center in this important and life-saving mission,” says Prof. Leonid Barsky, “For about two years we have fought a global pandemic together and now it’s time to help in another war.” Soroka’s experience in treating fire trauma victims, receiving wounded soldiers from the frontlines, and providing routine care to residents of the south–will provide a guiding hand to Ukrainian medical units. In addition, Professor Victor Novack, Head of Clinical Research at Soroka, is currently serving as the Director of the Emergency Department in the Kochav Meir Hospital. We are immensely proud of our healthcare heroes and of Soroka’s global humanitarian mission.

According to the Israel’s Ministry of Health’s Patient Satisfaction Survey for 2021, Soroka’s Center for Urgent Care, the largest and most active in Israel, continues to excel. Soroka breaks records with the shortest average treatment time among major hospitals and uses cutting-edge equipment and care, ranking second among top centers in Israel. Soroka shines in providing a comfortable experience to patients, by preparing wonderful living accommodations, continually explaining procedures to patients so that they feel confident in their treatment and treating the patients with the utmost respect and attentive care.

On his first day at Kochav Meir Field Hospital in Ukraine, Prof. Leonid Barsky, Head of the Internal Medicine Department at Soroka and a member of the Israeli delegation, received an unexpected welcome at one of the local hospitals. Prof. Barsky says “The first case I treated was of a person suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. He was accompanied by his niece, who treats him routinely. The niece approached me and hugged me in tears, grateful for the field hospital and the doctors and nurses there. I have been a doctor for many years, but I have not gotten used to such cases and it is always touching.”

Soroka Medical Center stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and in the face of human suffering, Soroka is committed to assisting Ukrainian hospitals and citizens.