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The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation (Photo: Zionov-Vitkon Architects) The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation (Photo: Zionov-Vitkon Architects)

The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation

The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation

 

The English Mission Hospital (Beit Bussel)

 

The signature structure of the Beit Bussel compound is the English Mission Hospital building, designed by Gottlieb Schumacher, an American-born engineer, architect and archaeologist, whose father was a member of the Temple Society, a group of German Protestant exiles who built settlements in 19th century Palestine.

The Complex has great historical, cultural and architectural significance. In its various incarnations, it reflected Zefat's history from the mid-19th century until the end of the 20th century. The stone buildings, which were established as a hospital of the English Mission, are testimony to the activities of the missions that operated in Zefat and among other Jewish communities in Israel from the mid-19th century. The story of the hospital building reflects the development of medicine in the Galilee against the background of the struggle between tradition and modernity among the Zionist settlers in Israel.

The hospital building also figures in the struggle for Zefat during the War of Independence and reflects the culture of the convalescent homes that existed in Israel at that time, and Zefat as a summer tourism city in the 1950s and 1960s.

The renovated building will become the heart of the College in its new life as the campus Student Center, home of all the student service units - the Dean of Students, the academic workshops, the tutors and the academic advisors.

 

(Left to right: The historic Beit Bussel, Simulation of the Student Center renovated structure)  

 

The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation

 

Expansion plans are currently underway to create a new complex on the College's main campus. The new complex will comprise of six buildings on five acres, acquired by the College. The Legacy Heritage Education Center for Health Training & Simulation, including the historic buildings, will be the campus's center of activity and will include the College's leading School of Nursing School, the Student Center, the Helmsley Institute for Advanced Health Training & Education and the College's Department of Physical Therapy.

 

 

In this new Center, the architecture of the old buildings will be preserved, while their interior will be modified to serve the College's academic purposes. The Center's design plan directs close attention to the Galilee's landscape and the unique historical character of the campus over the years.

Thanks to our generous partners – the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, JNF, UJIA – GB, the Rashi Foundation, Legacy Heritage Foundation and Israel's Council on Higher Education, this project is entering its final stages and will be ready for our students in March 2022.

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