Israelís foremost center for geriatric and psychiatric health care, Herzog Hospital combines exceptional medical care with outstanding research achievements. Herzog Hospital, with over 113 years of experience, treats the effects of advancing age and mental instability with the best medical technologies, combined with professional expertise, compassion and care. With 330 beds, Herzog Hospital is the third largest hospital in Jerusalem. It was established in 1894 as Ezrath Nashim to care for the mentally ill. In recognition of Rabbanit Sarah Herzogís 40 years of service as President, in 1994 the Hospital was renamed in her honor to mark the Hospitalís 100th anniversary.
Division of Geriatrics: Departments specializing in acute medical problems and rehabilitation; neurogeriatrics with special emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral changes; Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís Diseases; senile and other forms of dementia. Departments provide complex medical and nursing care; diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and the full range of problems associated with aging.
Physical Rehabilitation: Experienced physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists help patients recovering from hip surgery and strokes regain a maximum level of independent functioning. This award-winning department boasts an 80% success rate in helping these patients return to active healthy lives.
The Division of Psychiatry: Has a high level of success in treating those suffering from schizophrenia and other mental illness. It is the only facility of its kind which has completely separate departments for men and women. In addition, Herzog maintains the only unit in Israel specializing in the treatment of severe therapy resistant depression.
The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma: Victims of terrorist attacks, domestic and school violence, car accidents, Holocaust survivors and their children suffer from a unique form of anxiety and behavioral problems known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Herzogís Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma maintains one of the most effective treatment and training centers in Israel. It has already become an international resource center, working with trauma specialists and victims throughout the world. Today it is a nationwide leader in helping Israelis cope with terror attacks and building resilience. The Trauma Center has become the key magnet providing trauma counseling services, therapy and educational seminars in Israel and worldwide.
The Community Mental Health Center: Treats over 2,000 men, women and children a month on an out-patient basis with an extensive program in schools, clinics and other institutions. A special clinic treats children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Touretteís Syndrome. The Community Center has developed significant experience in counseling the ultra-Orthodox.
The Department of Research: Has earned an outstanding international reputation for its groundbreaking work in genetics, schizophrenia, Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís Diseases. Herzog Hospital scientists have received several grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the European Commission, the Israeli Ministry of Science, NARSAD and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Researchers at Herzog are frequent contributors to prestigious international journals and collaborate with leading hospitals and universities throughout North America and Europe.
A major teaching hospital, providing training for Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School, Herzog is teaching the next generation of specialists in geriatrics and psychiatry, as well as medical students, students of nursing, psychology and social work.
The goal at Herzog Hospital is nothing less than optimal recovery so as to enable patients to return home to the highest possible quality of life. It strives to ensure that patients - even long-term ones - do not stay institutionalized. Patients are treated comprehensively and not just for the illness that brought them to the hospital. This eliminates the 'revolving door syndrome' where a patient needs to be readmitted for complications shortly after being discharged, a common problem confronting hospital care. Herzog has been a pioneering force in developing methods of community treatment for both psychiatric and geriatric patients.
Herzog Hospital has constantly adapted to meet changing needs. Established in 1894 for mentally ill Jerusalemites who were living on the streets, it became Israel's first psychiatric hospital at the turn of the 19th century. In 1968, it moved to its present site in Givat Shaul, at the entrance to Jerusalem. In response to the acute shortage of geriatric facilities in Israel, the hospital opened its geriatric division in 1977, which has since grown from 26 beds to over three hundred, and now comprises 70% of the Hospital's 330 bed capacity.