The Emek Medical Center has established itself as a leader in Israeli healthcare, offering the highest quality of care to a diverse patient population. The Hospital’s CEO is Dr. Orna Blondheim, the first of two women to head a medical center in Israel.
Located in Afula in the Lower Galilee region, Emek serves more than 500,000 individuals throughout Northeastern Israel who are for the most part in the mid to low socio-economic range. The region is equally divided (50/50) between Jews and Arabs and Emek’s multi-ethnic staff and highest multi-cultural patient satisfaction ratings attest to the fact that Jewish/Arab collaboration is a normal element of daily regional life. As the region’s largest employer, Emek prides itself on its highly regarded staff of nearly 2,000 employees, 25 medical departments, over 60 Outpatient Clinics, laboratories, and educational opportunities. As the medical needs of the population have increased, Emek has routinely offered exceptional care to each of their patients.
Since its inception in 1924, Emek has worked to pave the way towards peaceful coexistence through medicine, providing care to hundreds of thousands of people regardless of national origin or their religious beliefs: Jews, Muslims, Christians, as well as immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. The medical staff at Emek exemplifies compassion in all of their endeavors and serves the multi-cultural needs of the region’s population with dignity.
The hospital offers a wide variety of specialized services and departments, including eight surgical departments, oncology services, emergency medicine, cardiology services, perinatal services and an impressive spectrum of pediatric services. Within the context of these extensive services, Emek has created a comfortable and positive environment for all of its patients.
Emek employs a highly-regarded medical staff; and to ultimately improve its quality of care, Emek has developed extensive learning and teaching opportunities and works to educate leading medical students in their specialized fields and conducts ongoing clinical research in many of its departments. Emek has now created northeastern Israel’s first and only medical research center for the study of basic medical sciences and is now constructing the regions first and only rehabilitation center. Emek is closely affiliated with the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion Institute of Technology.
Emek is the first hospital in Israel to achieve JCI accreditation and the first to have this accreditation renewed. Emek’s commitment to excellence in healthcare and the highest levels of patient safety have been vindicated.
Security is a major focus of Emek in addition to its offering comprehensive medical services. Emek is located in close physical proximity to Palestinian-controlled areas and has a strong understanding of the importance of precaution and safety. Just as Emek provides equality of care to its patients, we strive to ensure the highest level of security for all.