Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital facility in the Middle East, and Houston Methodist, one of the largest medical centers in the United States, are joining forces to collaborate on medical innovation, as well as continuing education and training of health care professionals.
Sheba (eng.sheba.co.il) is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute-care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. In 2019 and 2020, Newsweek magazine named Sheba one of the Top 10 hospitals in the world.
“We are honored and excited to enhance our image as a hospital without boundaries that is also renowned for our global impact, with the medical prowess of Houston Methodist. We will tackle a myriad of pressing medical issues. And, I am sure that together we will Accelerate the Redesign of health care through Collaboration, which is the acronym, ARC, of our world-renowned innovation center,” said Yoel Har-Even, Sheba International director.
“Health care knows no boundaries and global collaborations with organizations such as Sheba, that share Houston Methodist’s mission to improve health care around the world, are essential in the advancement of patient care, education and innovation. Learning from one another, particularly during these challenging times, is vital,” said Cathy Easter, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services.
Having innovation centers already in place, both organizations were able to respond quickly to the pandemic using virtual technology to treat patients safely. “Our organizations have been heroic in the fight against COVID-19 and agreements, such as this one, provide an opportunity for us to leverage our collective experience and know-how, whether it is re-engineering how we provide contactless remote patient consultations to treating the sickest patients through our virtual ICUs,” said Easter.
The Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest U.S., based in Houston, brought about this collaboration between the two medical facilities.
“I am thrilled to hear about the recent announcement regarding the partnership between Sheba Medical Center and Houston Methodist. This is an incredible opportunity for collaborative medical education and innovation for both institutions, in areas such as data sharing, telemedicine and more. I’m delighted to see the bonds between Israel and Texas continue to strengthen. The Israeli consulate in Houston and I feel deeply privileged to have taken part in uniting these two leading health institutions,” said Consul General Gilad Katz.