Dr. Uzi Izhar, head of the Hadassah Medical Center’s General Thoracic Surgery Unit, together with Dr. Mark Ginsburg, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (New York) have performed Hadassah’s first transplant of a pacemaker into a man’s diaphragm, which enabled him to breathe without the ventilator he had been attached to for a decade.
When during Sabbath dinner, their father’s speech suddenly became garbled and he complained of weakness on his right side, his daughters rushed him to the Hadassah Medical Center’s Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine, where Hadassah’s cutting-edge clot-bursting procedure saved his life, leaving no neurological damage.
Hadasit, the Hadassah Medical Center’s technology transfer company, has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with Bezalel Labs Ltd., the technology transfer company of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, to develop and commercialize products based on students' product designs.
Teenagers from Israel’s maximum security juvenile prison brought joy to Hadassah’s young cancer patients when the paper-mâché lion sculpture they built was delivered to its new home in Hadassah Hospital’s Dyna and Fala Weinstock Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology. When the 14-18-year-old prison inmates were told about this Department, they embraced the art project, understanding that it was an opportunity for them to do something positive.
More newborns are leaving the Hadassah Medical Center in a car seat, thanks to a cooperative project between Hadassah, a private taxi company, “Hadassah Taxis,” and Beterem, the National Center for Child Safety and Health.
Mary Stuchbery, the “Hadassah Connection” in New Zealand for decades, was a successful business person and philanthropist who led annual tours to Israel, beginning in 1947, supporting Israel’s economy and promoting good will.
About 450 guests joined Hadassah Germany for a Summer Charity Gala, held under the patronage of Oliver Berben, renowned film producer/director and new member of its Board of Governors, and hosted by Board Member and Entrepreneur Michi Kern.
We are all proud of Hadassah’s international reputation for providing sophisticated medical treatment and individualized patient care, for our involvement in ground-breaking research and collaborative partnerships, for building bridges to peace in our region. Our efforts are an expression of our genuine concern for the future of medicine, the future of Jerusalem and the future of the State of Israel.
Our concern for the environment is another source of pride, but less well-known.
It’s not every day that an official Israel Prison escort vehicle pulls up at our doors
--especially not one bringing a large paper-mâché sculpture of a lion --but that’s exactly what happened yesterday at Hadassah-Ein Kerem.
While we all engage in our daily routines, we know that Hadassah works around the clock--24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Convention ended last week and I am still in the United States, meeting with Hadassah friends. Yet, back home at Hadassah, everything continues like clockwork. Recently Hadassah again made medical history and I wanted to share this remarkable story with you.