The Samson Pavilion will comprise basement levels and patient floors. The floors will house a number of departments, including an expanded Department of Psychogeriatrics (catering mainly to patients with dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease), an expanded respiratory care unit for children and additions to the adult respiratory unit (the hospital currently houses over 90 patients of all ages on respirators – the largest concentration of its kind in the country). Other departments will include Internal Medicine/Acute Geriatric Medicine, Complex Nursing Care, Dialysis and other departments as need dictates.
An underground Emergency Hospital, to house and treat the patients in their beds during an attack, will be constructed in one of the basement levels. It will be built as part of an underground parking lot and will be equipped accordingly using the latest protective equipment. This is a direct result of the Second Lebanon War and recent Gaza conflict, as building requirements for hospitals have been revised to include expanded shelters for the protection of patients from rocket fire. This additional reinforcement adds considerably to the construction costs. In addition, an expanded Radiology Suite and a Synagogue will be built into the side of the mountain on one of the hospitalization floors and will also double as a shelter in case of attack.
The cornerstone for the new Medical Pavilion was laid on May 5, 2008, in the presence of the Mayor of Jerusalem, Dr. Samson, his family and other dignitaries. Laying of the foundations and initial construction of the frame will be completed within approximately 30 months, to be followed by the internal construction and finishing.
According to the current plans and budgeting the building will be completed no later than May 2013.
There are numerous dedication opportunities available. Please contact the Development department of the hospital to identify ways in which you can help.
A Brief Biography of Dr. Heinz E. Samson
Dr. Samson was born in Norden, Germany on September 28, 1920. In 1939, he escaped the horrors of the Holocaust that lay ahead, when he left Germany for England on the ”Kindertransport”. Alone, without his family and almost penniless, he settled in London in the home of an adoptive family. The war broke out shortly after his arrival, thus preventing his family from joining him. They were all lost during the Holocaust. With the onset of World War II, he trained to be a press tool operator, eventually becoming part of a dedicated select