Rambam: The Herta and Paul Amir Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit

The Herta and Paul Amir Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam Health Care Campus opened last week—the most advanced unit of its kind in Northern Israel.

Thanks to the generous donation of Herta and Paul Amir, close friends of Rambam and strong supporters of education, culture and medicine in Israel, the Herta and Paul Amir Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam Health Care Campus opened last week—the most advanced unit of its kind in Northern Israel.

Severe head injury is one of the most difficult challenges in modern medicine. As the only Level 1 trauma center in the region, Rambam treats more critical trauma cases than any other Israeli hospital. Consequently, Rambam has extensive experience in treating severe head injuries on a daily basis, including: road, work, home, and military accidents that require neurological surgery (neurosurgery).

In addition to sophisticated operating rooms and skilled staff, extensive planning and care went into design of the new Neurosurgical ICU to assure the critically important monitoring of a patient’s condition following neurosurgery. The Neurosurgical ICU was a costly undertaking, encompassing 400 square meters. Directed by Dr. Eugenia Mahamid, the14-bed unit is equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and treatment equipment, including three beds for treating stroke patients.

Rambam Health Care Campus offers brain catheterization services for blood clots or hemorrhages—a treatment that greatly improves the chances of recovery from stroke compared to drug therapy alone.

Donations are still needed to support ongoing neurological research and a variety of other needs in the Department of Neurosurgery.