The funding will support construction of the four-story, 60,000-square-foot Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Faculty of Life and Health Sciences building on the school's new Tal Campus for Women. Featuring advanced medical simulation training labs, lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices, and a library, the building will be home to one of the largest nursing programs in Israel, offering bachelor of science of nursing (BSN) and master's of nursing (MSN) with nurse practitioner (NP) certification programs, and, in cooperation with the University of Toronto, a program in health informatics as well as a BSc degree in bioinformatics. According to JCT, Israel, with only five nurses per one thousand residents, suffers a shortage of nurses and other health professionals.
"We are profoundly grateful to the Helmsley Trust for their generous gift to our nursing department and to our new Tal Campus for Women," said JCT president Chaim Sukenik. "The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all of the critical importance of nursing and medical infrastructure. This gift will provide the country with thousands of highly skilled medical personnel for decades to come."