When I arrived at work a week ago today, Hadassah-Ein Kerem was a different place. Overnight, the temporary wall that separated the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower from the main building had been removed.
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower opens amid joy and prayer for the healing of the daughter of our People
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“For our small country of seven million, we have a truly remarkable and impressive hospital,” Dr. Josh Schroeder, fifth year orthopedic surgery resident at the Hadassah University Medical Center, told his audience at Hadassah’s New York Headquarters in February.
“It’s leading edge. Just the thinking behind it! Healing gardens, patient rooms, square feet, two beds per room, one bed per room, one window per patient…I mean these are huge developments,” Joseph Mapa, Chief Executive Officer of Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, said of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, during a visit to Hadassah as part of the first-ever delegation to Israel of close to 50 CEOs from top hospitals in North America.
A Hadassah University Medical Center study, which demonstrated the benefits of using a novel needle for spinal fluid sampling, was highlighted in the December 2011 issue of the British Journal of Anesthesia.
Mittie Freeman from Ellijay, Georgia experienced a heart attack and stroke while touring Israel with her First Baptist Church group. After her life was saved at Hadassah Hospital, she sent a letter of thanks to the staff. “Jerusalem will always be in my prayers,” she wrote, “and you will be in my memory.”
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.”