Among the ten percent of the Hadassah Medical Center’s physicians who were drafted to serve in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza was Dr. Rotem Quint, a new resident in Internal Medicine, who was helicoptered to Hadassah when he was wounded in the left thigh by sniper fire.
While the Cast Lead military operation in Gaza was taking place, eight-year-old Ruba from Gaza was being treated at the Hadassah Medical Center for thalassemia, a potentially fatal genetic disease that is common to both Jews and Arabs. Ruba had been fortunate that her brother was a match for her bone marrow and she was able to have a bone marrow transplant to save her life. “We love Hadassah,” her father commented. “We are being treated wonderfully.”
Being a “bridge to peace” through medicine has been Hadassah’s hallmark for decades: The Hadassah Medical Center absorbs millions of dollars in costs each year for health care and medical training that its health professionals provide to Palestinians.
Prof. Abd Al-Roof Higazi, newly appointed head of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Clinical Biochemistry, joined Hadassah’s medical staff in 1986, where he and his colleagues are performing groundbreaking research that has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of strokes.
At a gala Munich event at the end of January, Hadassah Germany announced with pride the beginning of a collaborative venture between the Hadassah Medical Center and the Nicolaidis Stiftung GmbH Foundation entitled “Brücken Verbinden Nationen” (“Building Bridges to Nations”) to support psychological treatment for Jerusalem’s children who seek help from Hadassah’s Jerusalem Crisis Intervention Center (JCIC).
A 39-year-old Israeli man, shot in the head while driving with his wife to a settlement near Ramallah, was airlifted to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem's Level-One Trauma Unit, where he was stabilized and later operated on successfully.
With the economic crisis still escalating, sources of philanthropy shrinking, and the war in Gaza creating more casualties in need of Hadassah’s medical care, our hospitals need your financial support now more than ever!
Be part of the “Help Hadassah Heal” Campaign! Please donate now to Hadassah International’s fundraising projects, which the Hadassah Medical Center has asked us to adopt:
25 euros: Cheer up hospitalized children with new books and building blocks for the Pediatric Department
50 euros: Help provide an improved environment for a wounded soldier to receive his blood transfusion
100 euros: Reduce the mortality rate of a stroke victim by 30% by helping Hadassah create a Stroke Center of Excellence
250 euros: Help ensure a cancer patient's survival by contributing toward new, more accurate, less invasive radiotherapy equipment
500 euros: Help Hadassah purchase the latest state-of-the art lithotripter to ensure the
Young Hadassah International’s immediate vision is to re-brand in a way that clearly articulates the power of the Hadassah mission and then to go all-out to spread the message. Young Hadassah’s leaders are confident that embarking on this awareness-building campaign will speak to like-minded individuals all over the globe and build commitment to our international movement. This campaign will lay the groundwork for Young Hadassah to become the best advocates for the Hadassah Medical Center.
Igniting Hadassah International’s Help Hadassah Heal Campaign with a creative new initiative, Young Hadassah International is launching a Facebook-a-thon on February 1.
Barbara Sofer, Israel Director of Public Relations for Hadassah America, is one of sixty women featured in a newly released book entitled Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women, which offers a mosaic of their lives in the war-torn Middle East, presents their views on how we can achieve peace, and describes their daily efforts toward that goal.