As rockets rained down into Israel from Gaza this past weekend, patients at the newly built Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitative Medical Center were quickly evacuated into the neurological ward, the hospital’s large reinforced sheltered area. Less than two months after the first patients entered the center, Major-Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog’s foresight in including a completely reinforced ward when planning the center was confirmed.
Located just 40 km. (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran has seen its share of emergency situations since it was established over 15 years ago. Within the village, staff followed past procedure, quickly and carefully moving beds into the village’s protected spaces while helping residents continue daily routines to the best of their ability and making sure to stay up-beat and ensure an atmosphere of security even as missiles rocketed overhead.
Numerous staff and volunteers opted to remain in the village, caring for the rehabilitation patients and village residents during this trying time, including village founder and chairman Doron Almog and CEO Avi Wortzman. Commented Almog, “We are so proud of our ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran family, and we pray for a quick and permanent resolution to this escalation in violence.”