As the barrage of rockets fell on southern Israel over the weekend, my thoughts constantly turned to the people under attack.
“In 2003, I was fortunate to have been part of the original team for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower that traveled to Dallas, Texas, to tour medical facilities; our task was to formulate a plan for Hadassah’s future hospital tower,” says Orly Picker, Deputy Director General of Nursing and Human Resources (pictured here in the fifth floor Nurses’ Control Center). “We set out with a dream,” she reflects, “and now when I walk through the Davidson Tower, it is as if time has been fast forwarded. Suddenly, we see a building that is nearly finished and the reality is even better than our dream.”
“The grouping of the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Plastic Surgery, and Maxillofacial departments together in the East Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s seventh floor will encourage the best of the multidisciplinary approach to flourish,” relates Prof. Rephael Zeltser, head of the Maxillofacial Department.
A euphoric mood suffused the “dry run,” which the Hadassah University Medical Center conducted to ensure that the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is ready to receive real patients on Moving-In day, March 19.
In the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Neurology Department—a referral center for the most complex and challenging neurological conditions--physicians are pioneering treatments and conducting research with revolutionary results that are being adopted throughout the world. Among these are new modalities for Parkinson’s disease.
A recent study headed by Dr. Daniela Katz, Sarcoma Unit Coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Sharett Institute of Oncology, suggests that the biological therapy given to patients with kidney cancer is also effective for patients with sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer.
As I thought about three seemingly unconnected events that occurred in the past few weeks and how they represented different aspects of our Hadassah life, the word ‘quality’ came to mind – quality of care, quality assurance and most of all, quality of commitment.
14 February 2012--On Sunday, February 5, friends of Hadassah and art collectors from near and far braved the London snow to attend the launch of the Hadassah-Chagall Anniversary Partnership, Hadassah’s first-ever coordinated global fundraising initiative, in coordination with Christie’s auction house.
For the first time in Jerusalem, twin fetuses that shared a blood vessel were successfully separated by Hadassah University Medical Center specialists.
“This may represent the biggest hope in the field of degenerative diseases like ALS," Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, head of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Center, said about the clinical trial just completed at Hadassah where stem cells were used to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).