Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer has made Newsweek’s “World’s Best Hospitals” list for the fourth year in a row. This year, it maintained its previous slot at No. 10.

The list’s compilation was based on an international online survey that included more than 80,000 doctors, hospital managers and healthcare professionals; surveys measuring patient satisfaction with hospitals; and key medical-performance indicators, including patient safety, hygiene measures and quality of treatment.

“The goal of this study is to provide the best data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries,” explained Newsweek global editor-in-chief Nancy Cooper. “We hope this will be useful not only to patients and families seeking the best care for themselves and loved ones, but also to hospitals as they benchmark themselves against their peers during a period of unprecedented change.”

Sheba is Israel’s largest medical facility, located in the Center of the country. Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center made the top 100, coming in at No. 96.

“We continue to be global leaders in innovation, research and humanitarian outreach. And we aspire to transform the future of healthcare in Israel and around the globe,” said Sheba director-general Professor Yitshak Kreiss about the ranking.

“Sheba Medical Center has a tradition of excellence because of its dedicated medical staff, which consists of Israeli Jews and Arabs working side-by-side, 24/7, 365 days a year,” added Sheba Global director Yoel Har-Even. “Receiving this accolade for the fourth consecutive year also represents a source of national pride, as Sheba is a microcosm of Israeli society.”

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel. Credit: Courtesy.

Newsweek‘s Cooper said that the world’s hospitals have been on the front line in medicine since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago, which experts said has meant adapting to new and existing challenges and “improvising on the fly.”

According to Newsweek, “hospitals maintain their top status in the midst of a global pandemic that has turned the medical world upside down [through their] ability and drive to continually innovate … and top talent is at the heart of that.”

Others, such as Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Health System, told the publication that top hospitals embraced missions and “aspirational visions … with leadership constancy and consistency that creates alignment from the boardroom to the front line of care.”

Dr. Christoph Meier, director of the Department of Internal Medicine at University Hospital Zurich, said, “Many lessons could be learned from COVID, such as recognizing the efficacy of virtual meetings, valuing the importance of hospital hygiene and emphasizing the importance of generalists over siloed specialization.”

The World’s Best Hospitals 2022 list included 2,200 hospitals from 27 countries, including America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Twenty-one countries are represented in the top 150.

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