Mark Addleman

09 April 2024

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Since October 7 in Israel, Hadassah has been on the frontline treating hundreds of the seriously injured IDF soldiers and terror-attack victims who were evacuated by helicopter to the hospital.


Most of these patients will require intensive and extensive rehabilitation. Providing world-class rehabilitation for the severely injured will significantly improve their prospects of recovery, helping them to regain their quality of life. Comprehensive rehabilitation will enable wounded soldiers to return to their families with maximum functionality and independence, to walk, to work, enjoy life and have a brighter future.


Israel is Facing a Severe Shortage of Rehabilitation Facilities


Before the war started, there was a dire shortage of acute rehabilitation beds in Israel with very few in the greater Jerusalem area, which has a population of over 1.2 million people. Since October 7, more than 10,000 Israelis have been wounded in the war, according to Israel’s Health Ministry. More than 6,000 of these wounded are IDF Israel military and security forces. Of these, over 2,000 have already been recognised as permanently disabled.


As the war continues, the significant number of injured requiring long-term in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation for severe physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder is increasing. However, Israel is unprepared to handle the high number of wounded soldiers and civilians, alongside other patients needing rehabilitation after surgery or illness.


The New Gandel Rehabilitation Centre Opens at Hadassah Mt. Scopus


Hadassah is responding to this challenge with the opening of the Gandel Rehabilitation Centre, which accepted its first patients this January. Building commenced in 2021 and is now being expedited to meet this new extra rehabilitation need. Located at Hadassah Mt. Scopus, the new eight-storey 20,000 square metre centre is a state-of-the-art healing space that can cater for 132 in-patients and thousands of out-patients a year.


Specialist in-patient clinics will include occupational therapy, physical therapy and hydrotherapy departments to treat patients with amputated limbs, as well as acute spinal, brain and nervous system injuries. The multidisciplinary rehabilitation team at Hadassah will address all aspects of our patient’s physical, psychological, and social needs.


The new centre will also include laboratories, and advanced innovation and robotics facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, such as the Technological Incubator Hub sponsored by Hadassah UK.


Hadassah UK is now helping to raise this essential funding to complete the final phase of construction of the new Gandel Rehabilitation Centre at Hadassah Mt. Scopus, for the benefit of over 50,000 patients each year.


Help Hadassah to address this urgent lack of rehabilitation in Jerusalem. Please support us in bringing dignity, hope, recovery, and wellness to our seriously injured IDF soldiers and other victims of terror, during this truly devastating time in their lives.





“We have added hundreds of rehabilitation hospital beds for the injured at a time when there is a significant shortage in Israel.


We have given our patients treatment options, using the most advanced technology in the field of rehabilitation that combines physical and emotional therapy, for the first time in Israel.


Fundraising is ongoing to complete construction of the new Gandel Rehabilitation Centre at Hadassah Mt. Scopus.”

Hadassah Director-General,
Prof. Yoram Weiss






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