Founded in August, 1948, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center is located 15 kilometers east of Tel Aviv in Tzrifin, Israel. The 900-bed medical center serves a mixed population of Jews, Muslims and Christians and provides special services to Israeli army and defense personnel. Originally housed in wooden barracks, Assaf Harofeh has always been dedicated to offering top-notch medical and surgical care. Named after Assaf Ben Brachiahu, a 5th-century figure known as "the Jewish Hippocrates,” the medical center is part of the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine. All clinical wards at Assaf Harofeh are accredited for medical specialist training by the Academic Council of the Israeli Medical Association. The vast number of services provided by the medical center include a level 1 trauma center, internal medical services, a neonatal intensive care unit, breast cancer management services, coronary diagnostic services, genetics and rehab. Assaf Harofeh boasts a well-equipped Department of Nuclear Medicine and hosts the Institute of Hyperbaric Medicine, which is the largest institute of its kind in Europe and the Middle East. Assaf Harofeh can be easily reached by car or public transportation. Visitors to the medical center are encouraged to contact the hospital for updated information regarding train and bus lines.