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.
The Australian Jewish News paid tribute to the work of Hadassah in a special double -page supplement for Israel Independence Day, 2013.
It is my privilege and pleasure to continue the tradition of HMO Directors General and periodically share with you some of the interesting and exciting events that take place every day here at HMO. A few weeks ago, during our monthly Birthday Breakfasts with our interns, I became aware of a significant generation gap – not a chronological one as much as an experiential one.
With the deep conviction that research is the essence of medicine, the Hadassah Medical Center’s physicians/researchers are committed to translating research insights into practical advances that not only prolong, but also enhance quality of life. Each year, their findings and analyses appear in hundreds of articles within prestigious scientific journals.
Having been in and out of hospitals frequently, a cardiac patient wrote to thank the team at the Hadassah Medical Center for their “patience and so many smiles, not to mention professionalism and patient care.”
Students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flash-waltzed to Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers at the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Through the United States Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, the Hadassah Medical Center—one of eight grantees in the Middle East--received over one million dollars in Fiscal Year 2012 to upgrade its surgical equipment.
The last two letters were inscribed and then, with a festive procession, Hadassah celebrated the donation by Isaac Zaoui of two new Torah scrolls to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue.