Roman Abramovich funds new intensive care unit at top Israeli hospital

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Roman Abramovich funds new intensive care unit at top Israeli hospital

Philanthropist makes sizeable contribution to Sheba Medical Centre to create emergency response facility which spans 5,400 square metres across three floors

Underground at the Sheba Medical Centre's new intensive care unit
Underground at the Sheba Medical Centre's new intensive care unit

A new intensive care unit (ICU) has been inaugurated at one of Israel’s top hospitals, following a major contribution by Roman Abramovich.

The Russian-Israeli philanthropist, who owns Chelsea Football Club, made the donation to Sheba Medical Centre last week.

The new unit will provide crisis response to the pandemic and can be adapted for war scenarios. It includes hundreds of ICU beds and spans 5,400 square metres across three floors of the hospital’s underground parking area.

During the outbreak in Israel, Sheba has admitted the largest number of patients nationwide, and has dedicated coronavirus units for maternity, psychiatric care, dialysis and rehabilitation.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of the centre, said: “Mr. Abramovich is a long time donor of Sheba Medical Center and thanks to him Israel has now increased its intensive care capabilities. The unit will provide hospitalisation on a national level, in the event of an emergency”

In March 2018, Abramovich donated £14.5 million ($20 million) to fund a research centre for nuclear medicine at Sheba Medical Centre

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