At an Outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Health System ceremony , the following hospitals today received certificates of excellence: Poriyah, Carmel, Meir, HaEmek and Sheba

At an Outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Health System ceremony with the participation of the Minister of Health, Yakov Litzman, and the Director General of the Ministry, Moshe Bar Siman Tov, the following hospitals today received certificates of excellence: Poriyah, Carmel, Meir, HaEmek and Sheba.   Minister of Health Yakov Litzman: “This is an impressive achievement for neonatal intensive care units. I intend to broaden the incentives model process for specific activities to additional fields in hospitals, and to publicize them in the media. Publication in the media is important and encourages competitiveness between hospitals. Neonatal intensive care units is important and basic saving of lives. I am happy to see that there is excellence both in the periphery and in the center. I wish to thank Dr. Shmuel Zangen, chairperson of the Neonatal Society, who assisted in building the model and was a partner in the monitoring process.” Moshe Bar Siman Tov: “I see great importance in the change in the systematic approach, as occurred regarding the neonatal intensive care units, with three central parameters being addressed: 1. The system should manage itself with the objective of optimal improvement, and we will provide incentives based upon results and achievement of objectives; 2. We will carry out grading of quality; 3. Transparency to the public – i.e. the findings will be made public.”   Dr. Vered Ezra, head of the Medical Administration: “This is the first time that we are giving certificates to outstanding neonatal intensive care units. This is a novel model of incentivizing neonatal intensive care units in accordance with their activity and measures taken for improvement. The model, which is dynamic and updated annually, commenced operation in 2014. All neonatal intensive care units in Israel underwent significant improvement, and these are the units that demonstrated the highest score this year. All neonatal intensive care units in Israel underwent significant improvement, among other things demonstrating a 43% reduction in infections resulting from catheter insertion, additional residents, qualification of nurses in the field of neonatology. Starting from the end of 2015, the Ministry of Health is promoting training for a new role – nurse specialist in neonatology, with the objective of further helping neonatal intensive care units. Neonatal intensive care units that sent nurses for this training even received funding for this directly from the Ministry for manning the staff positions during the training.”  

Outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Health System
Outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Health System