The Department specializes in general internal medicine, and 3,800 patients a year are hospitalized in it. Most of the patients are admitted urgently from the Emergency Room. A small number are referred from the clinics or by direct referral from the attending physician at the HMO.
The nursing staff is made up of 31 nurses with academic degrees. The department also includes a social worker, dietitian and physical therapist on its roaster.
The Department is in constant contact with the representatives of the HMOs at the hospital, family physicians and doctors in local nursing homes.
The Department also operates an internal medicine and HIV service.
Sensitivity and Professionalism
The entire medical, nursing and administrative staff firmly believes in providing patients and their families with the best possible service, and does its best to treat patients with patience and tolerance, caring, sensitivity and professionalism. Patients hospitalized in the Department suffer from a wide range of acute and chronic internal diseases, including heart disease, lung disease, kidney diseases, digestive and urinary tract diseases, circulatory diseases, cancer as well as endocrine, metabolic, rheumatologic and infectious diseases that require specific but long-term treatment, including tuberculosis and AIDS. In this department, adult patients suffering from numerous diseases who require treatment whenever their condition worsens lie next to young patients who require brief treatment for acute, but temporary illnesses. Our patient population is diverse: people who speak foreign languages, native-born Israelis and immigrants from around the world, Jews, Muslims, Christians and a variety of professionals, all with different customs and habits.
The Department is Recognized as a Specialty Training Program in Internal Medicine
Since opening in 1994, the Department has been recognized as a specialty training program in internal medicine. The Department is affiliated with the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa and with the Pat Matthews Academic School of Nursing at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
The Department provides students from the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine with clinical clerkships and a mini residency. It further provides instruction to nursing school students. The Department also provides regular instruction and studies, including internal clinical discussions that are frequently attended by specialist consultants from other departments in the hospital and from other hospitals.