The Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva and the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan came in first place on the hospital quality index of 2021 published Wednesday. The Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, meanwhile, came in dead last on the list.
The index compiled by the Health Ministry calculates the quality rating according to a long list of criteria, including diagnosis time, waiting periods, and personal patient treatment in the hospitals.
The Rabin Medical Center was created in 1996 when Beilinson Hospital and Hasharon Hospital were merged and renamed.
In the group of largescale hospitals, the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon received the highest rating, while the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem received the lowest.
As for the smaller hospitals, the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias and the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem received the highest ratings, while the Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brack received the lowest.
Among the mental health centers, the psychiatric department at Sheba was ranked top, as did the Geha Mental Health Center in Petah Tikvah.
The index also shows that alongside a host of criteria that hospitals and medical providers met, there were many shortcomings in other aspects, such as detection of depression among hospitalized patients in sub-acute rehabilitative wards, questioning of women that suffered violence, and toddler vaccination.
The Health Ministry set a goal of a maximum of 12-minute waiting period between the admission to the ER to the assessment by the hospital triage nurse. Among the hospitals that met this goal were those that reported especially short waiting periods, including the Wolfson Medical Center, the Galilee Medical Center, the Laniado Hospital, and the Ziv Medical Center.
Additionally, the ministry examined waiting periods for patients coming to undergo CT and MRI exams in cases of suspicion of severe brain damage. The goal was set to 29 minutes, yet many hospitals recorded longer waiting times: 35 minutes at the Yoseftal Medical Center, 34 minutes at the Laniado Hospital, and 33 minutes at the Rambam Health Care Campus. The Assuta Hospital in Ashdod recorded the shortest waiting period, standing at 14 minutes.
"It's a phenomenal accomplishment," said Dr. Eitan Wertheim, head of the Rabin Medical Center. "Beilinson is the only hospital in Israel that came in first place three times in a row, and the only one in Israel that leads in all the Health Ministry reviews this year."
Director General of the Sheba Medical Center Professor Yitshak Kreiss said that "the first place in the national quality ratings belongs to each and every devoted staff member at Sheba.
"Our goal is to provide excellent public health care to anyone in need. The men and women of Sheba do this day after day, at standards that are the highest in Israel, and one of the highest in the world."