Located in the coastal resort city of Netanya, Israel, the Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital opened its doors in 1975. Guided by the Nine Founding Principles (see below) articulated by Rabbi Halberstam, the Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital is committed to nurturing every patient’s emotional and spiritual well-being, recognizing that this is an essential element of the physical healing process. As per Rabbi Halberstam’s tenets, the Sanz Medical Center- Laniado Hospital seeks to employ medical and nursing staff whose character reflects the Biblical commandment:
“And you shall love your fellow as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
The Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital is proud to have a staff made up of Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze – a veritable rainbow of cultural diversity and tolerance that embodies this important principle every day.
The Sanz Medical Center – Laniado Hospital serves over 250,000 people and is the only hospital in the Netanya area. The medical center began in 1976 as a maternity clinic and later opened other departments that were constructed through generous donations from benefactors. In order to ensure regular funding for the continued purchase of instruments and equipment, and the expansion of the hospital, “Friends of Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital” organizations were established in many countries (including Canada). The hospital is a public non-profit institution under the supervision of an international board of trustees. Today the medical center uses the most modern methods and has a reputation as one of the leading hospitals in Israel.
This is the legacy of the Sanz Medical Center-Laniado Hospital — healing the world by treating anyone who seeks help in a spirit of kindness, equality and compassion.
Divrei Yesod – Founding Principles of the Hospital
- Laniado Hospital in Kiryat Sanz netanya is a holy institution for hte benfit of those in need ofhealth services in fulfillment of the Torah’s commandments (Mesechte Nedarim 41 Yoreh Deah Chapter 336)
- The hospital shall treat all persons regardless of religion, creed etc.
- Every effort shall be made to relieve the suffering of all patients to improve their mental outlook and elevate their spirits, which is an important therapeutic aide in the overall treatment of disease and its cure.
- Every effort shall be made to employ physicians and para-medical staff persons who have excelled in heir professional medical fields who shall possess personality traits and characteristics permeated with love for their fellow man as written in the Torah “And you shall love your fellow man as yourself”.
- It is of utmost importance to observe the commandments dealing with the relationships between “man and his fellow man”. Hence the hospital must be especially careful not to cause unnecessary burdens on its employees or to any individual involved with the hospital. Salaries and wages must be paid on the appointed payroll date.
- The hospital atmosphere shall be permeated with the spirit of peacefulness, tranquility, love and devotion.
- The hospital was founded on the principles of faith and believe in the Almighty Who apportions life to each creature and in Whose hands is the soul of each living creature. The medical and the para-medical staff shall be comprised of persons with deep faith in these principles and their behaviour and demeanor shall be indicative of their faith in the Almighty and his Torah.
- All the affairs of hospital shall be conducted in accordance with the observance of all commandments of the Torah as codified in the Shulchan Aruch and rabbinical decrees. The hospital shall appoint an accepted rabbinical authority to whom all halachic questions shall be referred and his decision shall be binding on the entire staff of the hospital. In matters concerning Shabbat observance every effort shall be made to effectively perform the forbidden forms of work by use of non-Jews. Patients and staff shall dress in accordance with the Torah laws of modesty.
- The hospital shall establish an institute of Medical-Halachic research for the purpose of resolving in the spirit of the Torah and all medical problems which may arise. Theses solutions shall benefit all Torah observant Jewry.