Nitzan Horowitz, Israel’s Minister of Health, visited Herzog Hospital to light candles for Hanukkah and to help celebrate Herzog Hospital’s 127th anniversary. The hospital was established in the Old City of Jerusalem on the fifth night of Hanukkah in 1894.

Minister Horowitz acknowledged the hard work of Herzog’s staff: “I know that the work in the Hospital is not easy, especially during the Corona period, We are grateful that during the height of the pandemic, you admitted the largest number of patients of any other hospital in Israel. Your work truly saved lives here. Thank you on behalf of Israel’s health care system.”

Herzog’s CEO, Dr. Jacob Haviv, told the minister that the hospital staff worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic with professionalism, dedication, and compassion. Herzog was also the first hospital in Israel to open a Post-Corona Unit for the long-haulers. 

Minister Horowitz added: “We in the Ministry of Health must place greater emphasis on geriatric and mental health care, just as much as we focus on general medical care. These are areas that, unfortunately, have been at the bottom of the ladder for years, and there is no justification for neglecting them. I will give these areas much more attention across the country with an increased budget.”

This was one of the first visits of a Minister of Health to Herzog in many years. This demonstrates the increasingly recognized role of how, today, Herzog Medical Center has developed into Israel’s foremost center for geriatric, rehabilitation, respiratory, mental health, and psychotrauma care, treatment, and research.

We invite you to join in our celebrations and achievements over the years from a small shelter in the Old City of Jerusalem for women after childbirth in 1894 to a 400+-bed hospital with new modern buildings at the entrance to Jerusalem. We thank all those who have helped us over the years.