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New Year, New Accreditation at Shaare Zedek

08 September 2017

Rosh Hashana is a time of renewal and reflection on the past year’s achievements.

At Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, there have been many successes and developments in recent months.

A major highlight is Shaare Zedek’s recent achievement of the JCI Accreditation Status.

Shaare Zedek Medical Centre has become Jerusalem’s first and only academic hospital to receive international accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

The JCI review is well-regarded as one of the most thorough and important independent reviews in modern healthcare and has become an almost necessary stamp of approval that hospitals are promoting high levels of safety and operations.

Over 800 hospitals in more than 100 nations have undergone the review. While many Israeli hospitals have been reviewed, Shaare Zedek is the only major academic hospital in the Jerusalem area that has successfully undergone the process.

This accreditation was the result of an extensive and intensive review process that examined every aspect of Shaare Zedek over 2 years.

Independent surveyors from the JCI described Shaare Zedek’s medical activities in extremely complementary terms, stating that the hospital’s medical performance was “outstanding” and far beyond what the reviewers have observed in many hospitals around the world. 

Dr Allan Garfield of the Australian Friends of Shaare Zedek is proud of this major endorsement of the hospital’s quality service.

He notes, “Shaare Zedek is famous as the Hospital with a Heart.

“It is no surprise to us that the JCI surveyors offered specific praise to the hospital’s attention to the emotional needs of the patient, and areas pertaining to patient rights.”

Reviews of the surgical complex at Shaare Zedek described the operating theatres as among the finest in the world.

Shaare Zedek Director General Professor Jonathan Halevy welcomed the announcement saying it provided SZ independent recognition as a hospital operating at the height of international standards.

“This accreditation and the extremely high marks and praise we received through this process provide independent validation for what we and the people of Jerusalem have long known; that Shaare Zedek represents a gold standard of care combining compassion with advanced medicine,” he said.

Professor Halevy, who will soon commemorate his thirtieth anniversary as Director General of Shaare Zedek is  credited for managing the hospital’s path from a local medical provider to an institution of top international standing.


“This is a major source of professional pride for the Shaare Zedek family and firmly positions us to even further strengthen our status as the fastest growing major hospital here in Jerusalem,” Professor Halevy said.  “With this recognition, we will continue to attract the finest and most committed doctors and nurses for the betterment of our patients and the Jerusalem and Israel communities.”

Dr Garfield notes, “This accreditation is a major achievement and endorsement of Shaare Zedek’s exponential growth and development.   We are proud of the strong ties between the Australian Community and Shaare Zedek Medical Centre and would like to thank our donors for being an integral part of the Shaare Zedek success story.”