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.
Hadassah, Komen for the Cure, and the municipality of Jerusalem present the first-ever Israel Race for the Cure®--a highlight of the October 25-29 Israel Mission Delegation to help ignite the breast cancer movement in Israel.
For the first time in Israel, two robotic, laparoscopic hysterectomies were performed by a Hadassah Medical Center surgeon in June while being broadcast live to the Tannenbaum Hall at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, where gynecologists from all over the country were watching.
The once dark and gloomy walls in the corridor of Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem's Pediatrics Department have undergone a complete face lift, thanks to the generosity of Artist Ilan Shaul, who brightened them with vivid wall paintings.
Dr. Snunit Shoham, a patient with a rare, life-threatening infection in her face, returned to the Hadassah Medical Center to thank the team of physicians who saved her and to present a check of 100,000 shekels to Hadassah. "You were there for us as a supporter when we had no where to go and no chance to come out of a real disaster," said her husband, Yaacov Shoham, to Professor Allon E. Moses, Chairman of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, who orchestrated his wife’s complicated treatment regimen.
During the course of each 24 hours, the Hadassah Medical Center is the home of nonstop, life enhancing and life-saving activities. Here are some statistics:
When a car arrived at the Hadassah Medical Center’s Ben Gurion Plaza with a pregnant young woman already in labor and beginning to give birth, Pnina Sharon, Head Nurse of the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine, rushed outside to help, while Hadassah’s obstetricians were called out for an emergency delivery.
“You saved my son’s life,” the father said, “and I came to thank you. More than that, I came to help Hadassah.” These were the words of a young Israeli Arab, in traditional Moslem dress, who, before leaving the hospital, stopped to express his appreciation. Osnat Moskowitz, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Development, Donors and Events Department, relates: “I looked at the little boy in the carriage, and saw the earnestness on the faces of his parents and I knew that medicine is a bridge to peace.”