President Rivlin Visits Rambam’s COVID-19 Command Center
The President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, visited Rambam Health Care Campus and met with representatives of the hospital’s administration, including Rambam General Director Dr. Michael Halberthal and his deputies, who presented the activities of the hospital’s COVID-19 treatment facility and the challenges involved in operating it. The meeting was also attended by IDF Chief Medical Officer Brigadier General Professor Elon Glassberg and Medical Commander of the Northern Command Colonel Dr. Erez Karp, representatives of the IDF Medical Corps, which operates the military’s COVID-19 departments at Rambam.
Afterwards, President Rivlin toured Rambam’s COVID-19 command center, which is responsible for supervising all departments in the COVID-19 facility, located in the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital. Dr. Halberthal told the President about the departments’ activities and the technological solutions that have been integrated into COVID-19 patient care at Rambam — the result of collaboration between the hospital’s Information Technology (IT) Division and civilian and military industries. President Rivlin showed interest in Elbit’s communication system, which is used by the teams working underground in the COVID-19 facility.
During his visit to the command center, the President spoke with Moshe Levaya, 61, who has been hospitalized for a day in the one of the COVID-19 departments. In his remarks to Mr. Levaya, the President asked him to stay strong: “We wish you complete and speedy recovery. You are in good hands, these are our angels,” said President Rivlin.
The visit to the command center also included a presentation by the staff of the IDF COVID-19 departments, who gave the President an update on the positive cooperation between the medical teams treating the coronavirus patients.
Dr. Halberthal emphasized the significant investment and mobilization of Rambam’s staff, enabling the hospital to provide the best possible care for its COVID-19 patients. “All of our dedicated teams – without exception, the industries that mobilized to help us face the challenges presented by the pandemic, the military that joined us and became a partner in this mission, and our friends from all over the world who support us unconditionally — these are the things that inspire me during this difficult time,” noted Dr. Halberthal.
President Rivlin concluded his time at Rambam with remarks that were delivered in realtime through the hospital’s public address system to all areas of the campus, including the underground COVID-19 treatment facility.
“I am excited to be here,” President Rivlin said. “I witnessed cooperation from which there is much to learn—between the medical system, the soldiers, IDF commanders—in the struggle that the whole world is facing in the war against COVID-19. In Israel, we are all responsible for one another—all sectors, all ethnic groups, all citizens—regardless of religion, race or gender.
Our healthcare warriors, in recent months you have been pushing the limits of ability, working day and night, not resting or sleeping – protectors of Israel. I want to say one phrase, but one that comes from the heart. Thank you very much! When I saw you – I know; the people of Israel know. There is someone to count on. But we, the citizens of Israel, are partners. Do not give up, you can win and we will win – we must follow the guidelines. Thanks to Rambam, thanks for what you do. It is one of the important hospitals in the country during this time. I know that you will be here to help and to provide treatment.”
In the photos: President Reuven Rivlin and Dr. Michael Halberthal in Rambam’s COVID-19 control center.
Photography courtesy of Rambam Health Care Campus.