A beautiful tulip garden, a gift from the Netherlands Embassy in Israel, was planted at Rambam HCC this morning. Some 1,500 tulip bulbs were planted last week at the front of Rambam Health Care Campus during an official ceremony marking establishment of a Dutch garden. The event, held to mark the 80th anniversary of Northern Israel’s largest hospital, was held in the presence of the Dutch Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Gilles Beschoor Plug, representatives of the Rambam administration, and hospital staff. The tulip bulbs, the flower most identified with the Netherlands, were donated by C.S. Weijers on behalf of the Dutch embassy. During the planting ceremony Ambassador Plug spoke on behalf of his country, and wished the hospital many years of prosperity and extensive activity in the field of health. “It is very special to be here for your 80th anniversary – which is quite something. It means you predate the State of Israel – which is an enormous feat. I’ve read through your history and it’s really impressive. I also come from a certain heritage – the heritage flowers in Holland,” and added, “We are happy to bring you tulips to beautify this wonderful hospital.” Professor Rafi Beyar, Rambam’s director, also spoke, “Rambam is a place where, first and foremost, we provide optimal medical care for our patients. At the same time, we encourage medical innovation and use of the newest medical technologies, personal initiative, and research in collaboration with Israeli and global leaders. One of our partners in the advancement of medical technology is the Dutch company Philips, which working with Rambam to develop medical devices that are used on patients worldwide.” Comparing the blossoming of the Rambam campus with the imminent flowering of the tulips, he stressed, “Rambam’s tremendous expansion is an integral part of our vision and obligation to provide the residents of Northern Israel with the best patient care possible.” Attending the ceremony were several Rambam employees, including some who had studied in the Netherlands or shared a Dutch heritage. Everyone enjoyed watching Professor Beyar and Ambassador Plug plant several of the bulbs in the new Dutch Garden just outside the Sammy Ofer Tower. Concluding his visit, the ambassador and his delegation toured the campus and visited the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital. He also met with Rambam employees who had a personal connection to the Netherlands and who shared with him about their work and experience. While touring the campus, Ambassador Plug said, “This is my first visit to Rambam Medical Center and I am very impressed. I know of Maimonides, whom you are named for, and this center is just as impressive. The scope, the width, all the technologies, the medical care, and also the innovation involved, makes it one of the perfect examples of medical care, not only in Israel, but also in the world.”
Watch: From Holland to Haifa—a tulip garden at Rambam (https://youtu.be/mmtN4TZXEw4) Videography: Ofer Golan, Spokesperson’s Office, RHCC In the photo: The Dutch ambassador to Israel and representatives of Rambam’s administration planting tulip bulbs at the hospital. Photo credit: Pioter Fliter
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