Professor Ofer Merin gave a very moving talk at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City in June 2019. He spoke shortly after beginning his work as Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Professor Merin is only the fifth person in that role since the Hospital’s founding in 1902.

He captivated the audience as he discussed his role as the head of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, the head of our Trauma Unit and the head of the IDF’s renowned mobile field hospital.

Prof. Merin shared that Shaare Zedek has over the last decade doubled the number of patients it treats annually and that the hospital is incorporating new technologies, building new facilities, introducing advanced technologies including a special MRI machine for premature babies, and increasing the use of robotics.

Professor Merin also described his experiences heading the IDF field hospital over the past fifteen years in numerous mass-casualty events around the world. He explained that Israel’s mobile field hospital has received the highest rating from the World Health Organization, for the standards that it maintains. However, he shared that in his opinion, “…what separates it from others, is our values, our ability to treat people with the proper dignity.”

Professor Merin also described the staff’s dedicated efforts in the hospital’s Trauma Unit, which frequently has to deal with harrowing cases of terror victims and their rehabilitation.

He closed his speech with a brief explanation of his own history as the son of a Holocaust survivor, quoting the Talmudic dictum, “Whosoever saves one life, saves the whole world,” and expressing that Shaare Zedek is steadfast in its efforts to maintain and save lives.

Read the Jerusalem Post’s coverage here.