From Maternity to Age 18
When Patrick and Lina Drahi heard about a hospital finally being built in the south of Israel, they knew it was something they wanted to be a part of. In 2017, before Assuta Ashdod was even finished, they made the first donation to the hospital, pledging the funds needed to build the Dr. Lina Drahi Center for Pediatric Medicine—now one of the most advanced pediatric departments in Israel.
Patrick, founder and head of Altice, a multinational broadband, telecommunications, media, digital, and advertising company, was born into a Jewish family living in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. At age 15, he moved to France and went on to study at the country’s top engineering school, the elite Ecole Polytechnique. In the late 80s, he met his wife Lina, a medical student in Damascus, Syria who dreamed of becoming a pediatrician. After proposing to her one hour after meeting her at a college party, they were married. They have four adult children.
“I contributed to the hospital because I have been lucky in my life and feel I have a responsibility to give back,” said Patrick. “I love Israel. And as someone from the South, I know how important it is to develop this part of Israel. This gift will support the future, giving life and hope to the region and the country.”
Through the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation (PLFA), established in 2014, the Drahi family has donated millions to support organizations through its grants in the areas of science and education, entrepreneurship and innovation, arts and Israel and the Jewish people. Their pioneering gift of the Dr. Lina Drahi Center for Pediatric Medicine was the first time PLFA had invested in a health-related project.
Since then, with the goal of covering prenatal through age 18, the Foundation is playing a vital role in securing the health of Israel’s next generation. Multiple gifts to Assuta Ashdod have helped create innovative programs and services for maternity, women, pediatric trauma, as well as a pediatric clinic.