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Lonye Rasch, Communications Chair
Karen Lustig, Communications Team  
Patricia Levinson, Communications Chair
Michaela Zoladz, Communications Team 
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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.

"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).

Representatives of the first class of master's degree students
Muriel and Philip Berman
The Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing celebrated the 10th anniversary of its clinical master's program in advanced nursing practice in December and honored major supporters, the late Muriel and Philip Berman of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Asher Salmon, Senior Oncologist,

Hadassah's Sharett Institute of Oncology

A treatment for neuroendocrine cancer that was previously only available abroad is now being provided at the Hadassah University Medical Center.

When 17-year-old Ismail Daoud from the Gaza city of Beit Lahiya was diagnosed with leukemia last year, he wanted to be treated in Israel.

Left to right: Odeya Tel-Tzur, Orly Picker Rotem, Deputy Director
General of Nursing and Human Resources; Yehudit Lalum-Har'el;
Prof. Ehud Kokia, Hadassah University Medical Center Director
General; Sigalit Caspi; Nancy Falchuk; and Meirav Kiviti
The Hadasssah University Medical Center's 2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships were awarded in March to Odeya Tel-Tzur, Deputy Head Nurse at the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine; Meirav Kiviti, Oncology Day Care Nurse; Yehudit Lalum-Har'el, Head Nurse in the Pediatric and Surgery Outpatient Clinic at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus; and Sigalit Caspi, Head Nurse in the Emergency Room at Hadassah-Mt. Scopus. The Falchuk scholarship, which enables the nurses to pursue advanced study, conduct research or give a presentation at an international conference, was created through donations from Hadassah International units around the world in tribute to Outgoing Hadassah International President, Nancy Falchuk, when she completed her term in 2004.

Hadassah's Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine: Filled to Capacity Seven Days a Week
The Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine at the Hadassah University Medical Center, where occupancy is typically 148 percent, treats between 150-300 people every day, around the clock. At any given time, a quarter of the patients may have already been admitted to the hospital, but are awaiting a vacant bed in the department they need to be transferred to, since those departments are at 100 percent occupancy!

During her first visit to Israel, Mrs. Yoo Soon-Taek, wife of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, toured the Hadassah University Medical Center, where she greeted some of the children in the Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology and their families. She is pictured with eight- year-old Ayah, a young Palestinian girl from Gaza, and her mother.

As part of the Hadassah University Medical Center's Women's Community Health Promotion Project, a women's Chanukah event taught the women of Gonnenim, one of Jerusalem poorest neighborhoods, relaxation exercises and ways to become health advocates for themselves and their families.

Two Israeli Arab children who received bone marrow transplants a year ago recently met with their Israeli Arab donors at a reunion hosted by the Hadassah University Medical Center.

For the first time in Jerusalem, twin fetuses that shared a blood vessel were successfully separated by Hadassah University Medical Center specialists

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.

"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.


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