Rambam Health Care Campus, northern Israel’s largest hospital, has been operating a unique facility of great security importance for the entire region since 2014 – the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital, the largest facility of its kind in the world, constructed in response to lessons learned during the Second Lebanon War.
Designed to treat 2,000 patients from throughout the northern region, it is managed by a select staff consisting of hospital officials responsible for patient triage, following the status of all vital hospital systems, logistics, and more. This critical information is transferred to the Command Center (War Room) in real time, where it is analyzed and displayed on screens for decision-making purposes, with the help of a dedicated emergency software system developed at Rambam and adopted by the Ministry of Health.
Until now, the Command Center had operated from an unprotected area on the ground floor of the main hospital. In a war situation including an attack scenario on the area, as was the case in the 2006 Lebanon War, staff would have needed to evacuate to a protected facility. Now, everything has changed.
The multi-disciplinary team that operates the hospital during wartime and emergencies will be situated in the new Command Center, built according to the highest of standards—and making it the nerve center of the underground hospital.
The protected area includes a large meeting room for management to plan for and respond to emergency events; an operations room with 16 workstations for personnel, logistics, and more; rooms for the hospital manager and deputies, a staff kitchenette, and restrooms. The construction, carried out by Rambam’s Division of Construction took six months and included installation of new infrastructure such as electrical and communications systems, air conditioning, separation walls and various types of ceilings—all designed to support personal forced to reside underground for an extended period of time.
Source Rambam Medical Center