(JNS.org) The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and ALEH—an Israeli network of facilities serving children with severe and complex disabilities—laid the cornerstone for ALEH’s latest rehabilitation hospital, which will provide long-term care to residents of Israel’s southern Negev region.
The Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital, which was funded in part by the Israeli government and JNF and is set to open in 2019, will feature three 36-bed inpatient wards specializing in neurological, spinal and orthopedic rehabilitation, and will utilize advanced technologies such as robotics and virtual reality. The development of a sports center, public facilities for outpatient services and a research center are also planned for future stages of construction, according to ALEH.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog, chairman of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village, said the facilities and services will also be available to those undergoing treatment at the hospital, which will enhance care for the Negev region.
“We believe that the residents of the south deserve the same care as those in every other part of the country,” Almog said, referencing the commonly held sentiment that southern Israel is an underserved area compared to other regions in the Jewish state.
The rehabilitative hospital is also part of Blueprint Negev—a major initiative by JNF, in partnership with ALEH, to help encourage medical professionals to remain in southern Israel and provide specialized care for the Negev.
“ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran is a flagship project in JNF’s major plan for the development of the Negev. Through our fundraising efforts, JNF supports and enhances this remarkable village and will now continue to support the planned Rehabilitation Hospital at ALEH,” said Eric Michaelson, JNF’s chief Israel officer.
“The village is attracting doctors, caregivers, teachers and others, stimulating the local economy and with the new hospital will continue doing so,” he said.