Austria’s Susi Shaked Brings Delegation to Witness Medical Center's Works
The group also toured the new floors of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. A meeting was arranged with Hadassah’s Prof. Eran Leitersdorf, Chairman of the Inpatient Department of Medicine B, where they discussed the possibility of clinical and academic exchanges between Hadassah and Austria.
The delegates spent time over lunch with Dr. Yoram Weiss, Assistant Director of Hadassah’s Intensive Care Unit, and Dr. Rahwi (Ruhi) Hashem, an Arab anesthesiologist who trained at Hadassah, thanks to a fellowship from the Kahane Foundation. The foundation provides fellowship funds enabling young gifted Palestinian physicians to study at Hadassah. In 2005, the two physicians had come to Vienna to present “Hadassah as an Island of Peace and Sanity” to the prestigious Bruno Kreisky Forum of International Dialogue. During that time, Hadassah Austria sponsored a dinner to raise money to fund a one-year scholarship for a Palestinian doctor at Hadassah. Dr. Weiss emphasized that, working for a common aim, as in an intensive care unit, physicians forget borders and form life-lasting friendships.
Later in the week, joined by Dr. Yossi Shaked, Susi’s husband, the delegation toured Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus and had the opportunity to see the new Neonatal Department and the Rehabilitaton Unit.