On the front cover of the WA Maccabean magazine this week was an a article: Hadassah: A good news story.
Artist as well as Life Member Sharon Binder, who immigrated to Israel in 1983, has designed an original parochet (ark curtain) and shulchan (table) cover for the torahs at the Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Prof. Aviram Nissan has been named head of the Department of Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center, succeeding Prof. Avi Rivkind, who has completed his tenure of 10 years in that position. Prof. Rivkind continues as Director of Hadassah’s Trauma Unit and Senior Physician in the Department of General Surgery.
The Hadassah Medical Center is one of the prestigious participants in a global consortium sponsored by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), aimed at employing stem cells to eventually uncover the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, M.D., Ph.D, head of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology, is spearheading the research at Hadassah, which has received an initial grant of $100,000 from Cure for this purpose.
The Hadassah Medical Center’s close relationship with Israel’s military includes a special program for soldiers entitled Yakar, the Hebrew word for cherished.
Dr. Tomer Tzur, Hadassah Medical Center Plastic Surgeon, specializing in reconstructive surgery as well as running the world’s largest skin bank at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, is also a member of the Israel Defense Force’s elite commando unit.
Meet a three-generation Hadassah family, choosing to serve the health care needs of Israel: Hannah Gofrit, Holocaust survivor and Public Health Nurse for Hadassah’s Tipat Chalav (Well-Baby Clinics); her son, Prof. Ofer Gofrit, Senior Urologist at the Hadassah Medical Center; and Hannah’s granddaughter, Shany Gofrit, a fourth year student at Hadassah's School of Military Medicine.
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered the gene that causes primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare condition that compromises the functioning of the cilia, the minute protective hairs in the respiratory system, thereby resulting in repeated lung infections, sinusitis, frequent ear infections, and fertility problems. In about half of the cases, the mutation also causes organs to develop in “mirror image” of one another, so that, for example, the heart develops on the right side of the chest instead of on the left, while the liver grows on the left and the stomach and spleen on the right.
Flashback to 2002 and 2003: During this tumultuous time for the State of Israel, Professor Ben Sachs from Harvard Medical School coordinated Medical Missions to HMO with Hadassah and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (CJP) to express their solidarity with our doctors and learn about how trauma medicine was being practiced at our hospitals.
Earlier this week, as I do every year, I stood silently in the hospital with hundreds of members of the Hadassah family, moved by the mournful wail of the two-minute siren that officially marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.