The International Pediatric Cardiac Center will be a worldwide center of competence in pediatric cardiac care with international recognition in pediatric cardiac treatment, training, and research. It will serve as a model for other Save a Child's Heart centers of competence in developing countries.
The existing pediatric cardiac care facilities at the Wolfson Medical Center are stretched to the limit and beyond; they are scattered throughout the hospital.
The WMC serves a catchment area of half a million people, principally in disadvantaged areas of Southern Tel Aviv, Holon, Bat Yam, and Jaffa. It is almost entirely dependent on government support and is regarded as one of Israel’s financially poorer hospitals, reflected in the general poor quality of its equipment and infrastructure. In addition, the WMC is the sole provider of pediatric heart treatment for 350 children from developing countries brought to Israel by Save a Child's Heart every year.
The IPCC will allow Save a Child's Heart to save more children's lives and strengthen Save a Child's Heart’s mission to ensure that the over 5.5 million children in developing countries with heart disease will have access to the medical care they need to survive and thrive.
This new state-of-the-art, child-oriented medical facility will house all of the infrastructure and equipment needed to perform pediatric heart surgeries, including all pre- and post-operative care. It will guarantee that Save a Child's Heart will be able to continue with its medical mission for at least the next 20 years and will allow the WMC to better serve its local catchment population.
Given the existing internationally recognized expertise of the Save a Child's Heart medical staff in the field of pediatric cardiac care and the unique international patient pool drawn from four continents and 50 countries, the facility will become a world class internationally recognized pediatric heart center providing lifesaving care to local children as well as children from developing countries throughout the world.