Bnai Zion Foundation Supports Medical Center And Ahava Village

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The Bnai Zion Medical Center
The Bnai Zion Medical Center
Ahava Village courtyard
Ahava Village courtyard

Bnai Zion Medical Center. In existence for over a century, Bnai Zion Foundation supports humanitarian projects in Israel that serve those in need across the economic, religious, and cultural spectrum. Accomplishments in medical, educational, and social-service areas have helped tens of thousands.

Being the first Jewish hospital in the North of Israel is a distinction held by Bnai Zion Medical Center (BZMC), now approaching its 100th anniversary and established before the state itself. This modern complex, perched on Mount Carmel in Haifa and overlooking the city’s port, is central to the health and well-being of that vibrant and growing city.

The hospital is within view of Hezbollah fighters across the water and is within range of their missiles. This makes life ever more complicated for a team of dedicated healthcare professionals committed to saving the lives of the people of Haifa.

BZMC is a full-service facility, including departments and services not found in other hospitals in northern Israel. It has a rehabilitation department, making it strategic for the IDF, as well as for the region’s citizens, as survivors of car accidents are treated with the same care as casualties of war.

The center for abused women is a model for other institutions, and its preschool for blind children prepares them to be mainstreamed by the time they enter kindergarten. This is a highlight for anyone visiting the medical center campus.

A recent survey of 11,000 people conducted by the Israeli Ministry of Health concluded that among medium-size hospitals (200–800 beds), the Bnai Zion Medical Center received the highest score for patient satisfaction, with 81%. Hospitals were also evaluated based on their physical conditions, and the Bnai Zion Medical Center was ranked first in the medium-size category as well.

The medical center’s mission is to provide the best possible medical care to all who enter, regardless of race or religion. It is the medical center most sought-after by expectant mothers in the region and is the leader in incorporating emotional-intelligence principles, leading to greater job satisfaction across all departments while increasing productivity among workers.

Ahava Village. Located in Kiryat Bialik, Ahava Village is a residential center for children ages 6–18 coming from high-risk homes. Comprising 15 apartments, educational facilities, and leisure areas, the campus is home to over 250 children, who all receive personalized care, support, and training.

Designed to help children overcome severely dysfunctional backgrounds, Ahava offers a variety of activities and therapies, playing a leading role in integrating these children and youths into Israeli society to be productive citizens leading fulfilling lives. For the last 30 years, Ahava has been home to abused children, placed there by the court system, who stay until they join the Israel Defense Forces or go into national service.

There is an 18+ Project at Ahava that helps young alumni ages 18–25 serving in the IDF, in civil service, or working who do not have a family to return to. These young adults live in four apartments, where a social worker and other staff provide emotional and practical support.

Bnai Zion enhances its vision for Ahava with an all-new therapy center aimed at providing the services these children so desperately need. To help children work through the damaging effects of severe abuse and neglect, Ahava has a team of dedicated psychologists, social workers, special therapists, caregivers, and special-education teachers. Besides traditional therapies, kids engage in sports, the arts, journalism, computer instruction, dance, pet therapy, and more. This new therapy center will enable them to offer a more integrated therapeutic environment in which all of the therapists will be available under one roof. Children will experience a more structured and supportive environment, translating into deeper, more meaningful experiences and results for each child.

The new therapy center will serve to enrich the continuous specialized support provided by its dedicated team, and serve to enhance children’s ability to heal, learn, trust, and grow. The therapy center is scheduled to be completed in December 2017.

For more information on projects and to donate, please contact Cheryl Bier, executive vice president, at 646-485-7980 or cheryl.bier@bnaizion.org.

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