Historic change at the top - Shaare Zedek appoints new Director General After 31 years of dedicated service to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Prof. Jonathan Halevy announced he will step down from his post as Director-General, effective March 1, 2019. Following an extensive selection process, The Shaare Zedek International Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Ofer Merin as the next Director-General. Dr. Merin was chosen by the Board’s Search Committee for his remarkable professional record as a medical and organizational expert and for his leadership, both here at the hospital and throughout his storied career in the IDF. He is a cardiothoracic surgeon who currently serves as head of trauma services and as Deputy Director-General of Shaare Zedek. Dr. Merin is also Col. Merin (res.) and in that role he heads the IDF’s mobile field hospital, which the World Health Organization has recognized as the world’s best for its rapid and comprehensive response to natural disasters. Accepting the position to serve as only the fifth Director-General in Shaare Zedek’s 116-year history, Dr. Merin spoke of his vision to continue to promote the hospital as a medical pioneer defined by compassionate care together with financial and managerial excellence. Professor Halevy delivered an inspiring presentation portraying the unprecedented growth of the Medical Center during his tenure, at the end of which he was profoundly thanked for all his many achievements. We are happy to announce that Professor Halevy will remain actively involved in the future development of Shaare Zedek. His leadership will continue in his counseling to the Board and the new Director-General, in national and international fundraising, in special projects and throughout the medical activity of the hospital. We wish Dr. Merin much success in his new role and look forward, with your continued partnership, to giving him all the support and backing necessary for great achievements and growth for Shaare Zedek during this exciting time.