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Hadassah Celebrates Groundbreaking for Healing Garden--Gifted by Australian Donors
With entertainment by the children of the Shalva School Chorus Band, in front of the Eli Douer and Family Center for Pediatric Genetic and Chronic Diseases on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, a groundbreaking was celebrated for the new Healing and Environmental Garden, a gift from Australians, Jack and Robert Smorgon and their families, along with other supporters of Hadassah Australia and Jewish National Fund.
Innovative Treatment at Hadassah Preserves Young Patient’s Heart Without Trauma of Open-Heart Surgery
Thanks to a catheterization method of valve replacement, a 15-year-old girl’s life was preserved without the need for open-heart surgery.
Hadassah Researchers Identify Connection Between Natural Killer Cell and Cirrhosis
Researchers at the Hadassah University medical Center have discovered that over expression of an immune system Natural Killer (NK) cell called Neuroligin 4 can trigger cirrhosis of the liver by preventing the body from combating scarring.
Hadassah Researchers Witness Heart’s Ability to Heal Itself
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center witnessed the ability of the heart to heal itself, in the course of conducting a study on sheep where they implanted a stent into the left atrial appendage and found tissue growing inside the stent.
Preserving Memory To Be Explored at Annual Women's Health Day Hosted by Hadassah’s Women’s Health Center
“Memory and Preservation” is the focus of this year’s Women’s Health Day sponsored by the Hadassah Medical Center’s Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women's Health at the Israel Museum.
Neuro-Cognitive Center Director Presented Hadassah Model for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at International Biomedical Conference
Representing Israel at the 2013 International TedMed Conference, which showcases innovations in medical and biotechnology, Dr. Itai Berger, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Neuro-Cognitive Center, presented Hadassah’s model for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The Miracle of Cochlear Implants: Enabling Deaf Children and Adults to Hear
Adiel, who lost his hearing when he contracted meningitis at the age of six months, can speak, enjoy music, and develop language skills, similar to his peers, thanks to successful cochlear implant surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center.
What's Happening at Hadassah
Looking back, I have to say that the technologies and treatments that have emerged in the past 25 years have dramatically changed the way we practice medicine and significantly improved the way we treat patients. And, in the last few months as Acting Director General of HMO, I became even more aware of the role Hadassah has played in advancing this medical revolution.
Hadassah Introduces New Smartphone Application for Patients
With the goal of offering more efficient service to patients and attracting new patients, the Hadassah Medical Center has introduced a new smartphone application.
Estelle Rubinstein: Hadassah’s New Director of Social Work
Estelle Rubinstein, Deputy Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Social Work, has been named Director, succeeding Rita Avramov, who is retiring after a 42-year career at Hadassah---12 of them as head of the Department.
Renowned Hadassah Physicians Receive Further Recognition
Prof. David Branski, Hadassah Medical Center Pediatrician and former head of the Pediatrics Division, is this year's recipient of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition’s “Distinguished Service Award,” presented at the association’s annual meeting.
Hadassah Hosts Israel Heart Society Conference Highlighting Israel’s Cardiac Innovations
With Prof. Chaim Lotan, head of Hadassah’s Heart Institute and Outgoing President of the Israel Heart Society (IHS) as host along with IHS Secretary-General Dr. Amit Segev, over 1,000 cardiologists from around the world participated in the IHS’s international conference in Jerusalem, celebrating its 60th anniversary and spotlighting Israel’s major contributions to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Palestinian Authority Health Minister Visits Patients at Hadassah and Emphasizes Medical Cooperation
The Palestinian Authority's Minister of Health, Dr. Hani Abdeen, visited patients at Hadassah Hospital on May 5th and emphasized the importance of cooperation with Hadassah in healing, teaching, and research.
Hadassah Launches New Center for Treating Pediatric Vascular Defects
The Hadassah Medical Center has opened a multidisciplinary facility to treat pediatric vascular defects—a first for Israel.
2013 World Down Syndrome Day Conference Hosted by Hadassah Medical Center
As Efrat Dotan, a 29-year-old young woman with Down syndrome, opened the proceedings, the 2013 World Down Syndrome Day conference was launched this month at the Hadassah Medical Center, with over 400 people in attendance.
Hadassah Researchers Discover Reason For Life-Threatening Infections in Infants That Lead to Bone Marrow Failure
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have discovered the reason behind recurrent life-threatening infections in infants that has led to bone marrow failure.
Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue Dedicated in Hadassah
The new Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower was dedicated on April 25, 2013.
Artist Creates Curtain to Adorn Torah Ark in Synagogue of Hadassah’s New Hospital Tower
Artist as well as Life Member Sharon Binder, who immigrated to Israel is 1983, has designed an original parochet (ark curtain) and shulchan (table) cover for the torahs at the Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah Medical Center Announces New Director for Department of Surgery
Prof. Aviram Nissan has been named head of the Department of Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center, succeeding Prof. Avi Rivkind, who has completed his tenure of 10 years in that position. Prof. Rivkind continues as Director of Hadassah’s Trauma Unit and Senior Physician in the Department of General Surgery.
Hadassah to Participate in Global Stem Cell Research Consortium on Alzheimer’s Disease
The Hadassah Medical Center is one of the prestigious participants in a global consortium sponsored by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), aimed at employing stem cells to eventually uncover the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, M.D., Ph.D, head of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology, is spearheading the research at Hadassah, which has received an initial grant of $100,000 from Cure for this purpose.
Caring for Soldiers at the Hadassah Medical Center
The Hadassah Medical Center’s close relationship with Israel’s military includes a special program for soldiers entitled Yakar, the Hebrew word for cherished.
Dr. Tomer Tzur: A Portrait of a Hadassah Physician/Soldier
Dr. Tomer Tzur, Hadassah Medical Center Plastic Surgeon, specializing in reconstructive surgery as well as running the world’s largest skin bank at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, is also a member of the Israel Defense Force’s elite commando unit.
Three Generations of Hadassah Healing: A Profile
Meet a three-generation Hadassah family, choosing to serve the health care needs of Israel: Hannah Gofrit, Holocaust survivor and Public Health Nurse for Hadassah’s Tipat Chalav (Well-Baby Clinics); her son, Prof. Ofer Gofrit, Senior Urologist at the Hadassah Medical Center; and Hannah’s granddaughter, Shany Gofrit, a fourth year student at Hadassah's School of Military Medicine.
Hadassah Researchers Discover Gene that Compromises Respiratory System
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.
A Blog Post from the Acting Director General: What's happening at Hadassah
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.
A Blog Post: What's Happening at Hadassah
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.
Hadassah: Source of Prolific Research and Scientific Publications
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.
“Complicated” Cardiac Patient Thanks Hadassah
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.”
Tchaikovsky “Flashwaltz” Comes to Hadassah Hospital
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.
Hadassah Medical Center: One of Eight ASHA Grantees in the Middle East
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.
Hadassah Celebrates Gift of Torah Scrolls to Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue
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.
Daughter Expresses Admiration for Sensitivity Shown Her 92-year-old Dad at Hadassah
“On Sunday, late at night, I arrived at the Emergency Room at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem with my son and my 92-year-old father. A few hours earlier, my father fell at home and cut his right ear. Since it was my son’s Bar Mitzvah and there was not too much bleeding, we waited a few hours at home.
First in Israel: Technological Breakthrough in Knee Replacement at Hadassah
Using Zimmer® iASSIST™--a unique personalized guidance system involving a gyroscope and WiFi technology--surgeons at the Hadassah Medical Center have performed four successful knee replacements.
Grateful Daughter Thanks Hadassah for Father’s Care
An 84-year-old man, in critical condition, was brought to the Hadassah Medical Center; his daughter later wrote to salute Hadassah for the quality of concern her father experienced in Internal Medicine B on Mount Scopus
Psychiatric Patient Commends “Future Generation of Physicians” at Hadassah
A patient who was hospitalized for two months in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Psychiatry Department wrote to express his appreciation for the “unlimited dedication” of his physician.
Hadassah Medical Team Brings Palestinian Patient from Nablus to Its Intensive Care Unit
While Palestinians are an integral part of the Hadassah Medical Center’s regular inpatient and outpatient populations, for the first time, a Hadassah physician went to a Nablus hospital within the Palestinian Authority to bring a Palestinian patient to Hadassah for treatment.
Graduates of Hadassah’s International Master’s of Public Health Program Say It Changed Their Lives
“For a growing number of public health professionals from 90 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and other parts of the developing world, the road to career success and influence runs through Jerusalem,” writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich in her Jerusalem Post article about the graduates of the International Master’s of Public Health (IMPH) program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Dr. Aziz Darawsha Named Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hadassah-Hospital Ein Kerem
Dr. Aziz Darawsha, former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER) at the Emek Medical Center in Israel’s northern town of Afula, has been appointed Chair of Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
Baby Who Swallowed a Date Pit Is Rescued at Hadassah
One recent Friday night, frightened parents arrived at the emergency room of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus with their eight-week-old son, who was struggling to breathe after his older brother had given him an unpitted date to eat.
First in Israel: Hadassah Surgeons Perform Surgical Procedure With No Incisions
Hadassah Medical Center surgeons recently performed a gastroenterological surgical procedure using the POEM (Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) method, which does not involve incisions.
Hadassah’s ART-Joy-Love Project Continues to Nurture Ethiopian Orphans Who Have HIV/AIDS
As part of the Hadassah Medical Center’s ART-Joy-Love project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, devoted to helping orphans with HIV/AIDS, Hadassah’s health professionals once again traveled to Ethiopia for a multi-layered outreach—this time including an art show which showcased the work of talented teenagers from the orphanages.
Hadassah’s Dr. Amal Bishara Receives “Outstanding Woman Scientist Award” from US Department of State
Dr. Amal Bishara, initiator and head of the Hadassah Medical Center's Arab Bone Marrow Registry Outreach Project, has been named “an outstanding woman scientist in the Middle East and North Africa” by the United States Department of State.
International Conference on Challenges in Liver Disease Honors World-Renowned Hadassah Liver Specialist
About 200 health professionals--including 20 of the world’s leading liver specialists from France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States--attended an international conference on liver disease at the Hadassah Medical Center in January, where they honored Hadassah’s Prof. Daniel Shouval upon his 70th birthday.
Hadassah Medical Center Appoints New Director of Pediatric Intensive Care
Dr. Philip Toltzis, Interim Chief of the Division of Pharmacology and Critical Care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has been appointed Director of Pediatric Intensive Care. He succeeds the late Dr. Ido Yatziv and Acting Director Dr. Jacques Braun.
Appreciative Parent of Child with Down Syndrome Praises Hadassah Medical Center
A mother of a child with Down Syndrome, who recently immigrated to Israel, shared her great admiration and appreciation for the Hadassah Medical Center’s National Center for Down Syndrome.
The Birth of Hila’s Baby: A Tribute to Hadassah Medical Center Ingenuity and Perseverance
When 35-year-old Hila failed to conceive despite 13 rounds of treatment in 4 different centers in Israel, fertility specialists at the Hadassah Medical Center suggested they try a slightly different approach.
Hadassah Medical Center Professor Funds Creation of Prize for Medical Residents in Memory of His Daughter
Hadassah Medical Center Prof. Emeritus Shaoul Ouzel "Uzi" Anteby and his wife, Noga, have established the Rinat Anteby Shafran Prize for Excellence in Research and Teaching by Medical Residents, in memory of their daughter, who passed away five years ago from ovarian cancer.
BrainStorm Stem Cell Therapy for ALS is Fast-Tracked to New Phase
The ALS PhaseI/II safety trial of Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics’ NurOwn stem cell therapy has been fast tracked to a Phase IIa dose-escalating trial by Israel’s Ministry of Health and will be launched “immediately” at the Hadassah Medical Center, reports this leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Hadassah Medical Center Physician Discovers a New Type of Lethal Mushroom
In treating a patient who suffered from massive congestive heart failure and a malfunctioning liver, Dr. Yuval Horwich, a resident in the department of internal medicine at the Hadassah Medical Center, discovered that the man had eaten a poisonous mushroom, which he had picked in the Jerusalem forest.
Hadassah Medical Center Patient Praises Caring Staff
A woman with a malignant melanoma who was treated at the Hadassah Medical Center wrote to say that her Hadassah surgeon cared for her “with endless devotion.”
Hadassah Researchers Investigate Link Between “Love Hormone” and Development of Autism
Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center are investigating the connection between lower levels of the hormone, oxytocin, during pregnancy and the development of autism.
New Test Developed at Hadassah Predicts Presence of Harmful BRCA Mutation Which Can Trigger Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers, led by Dr. Asher Salmon, then Senior Oncologist at the Hadassah Medical Center, developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in otherwise healthy women using a novel technology called gene expression profiling.
Stage Four Melanoma Patient Grateful to Hadassah for Personally Tailored Clinical Trial Which Has Offered Him “A Chance to Fight”
After being told there was no treatment that could save him, a Florida attorney with stage four melanoma received a new lease on life when he was accepted into a personally tailored melanoma vaccine clinical trial at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Ten-Million Dollar Gift Creates Cardiovascular Wellness Institute at Hadassah Medical Center
To empower and encourage women to make life choices that will preserve a healthy heart, the Hadassah Medical Center has received a ten-million dollar gift to create the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute.
Hadassah Physician/Researchers Identify Defective Gene and Halt Paralysis of Babies’ Limbs and Vocal Cords
Identifying the defective gene that has caused neuropathy in children of North African descent, physician/researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have employed an experimental drug to prevent permanent paralysis of both muscle and vocal cords in four children.
Hadassah Welcomes New Head of Pediatrics at Ein Kerem Hospital
Professor Shimon Reif, a specialist in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology who recently headed the Department of Pediatrics at the Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, has been appointed head of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. He is replacing Prof. Dan Engelhard, who has completed 10 years in the role and will now serve as head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit.
Hadasit Sets Up Incubator Company to Develop Stent Locator
To develop a unique stent locator based on the work of three Hadassah Medical Center heart specialists, Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Company, has created an incubator company entitled AOL Medical.
Hadassah Medical Center Saves the Lives of Triplets
Carrying triplets, a 49-year-old woman was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center’s High-risk Pregnancy Unit when she experienced swollen legs and contractions during her 26th week of pregnancy.
Radiology and Oncology Team at Hadassah Save Little Girl’s Eye
The Hadassah Medical Center’s radiologists and oncologists joined forces to save the life and the sight of a seven-year-old girl afflicted with a cancerous tumor in her eye that was causing her eyeball to bulge out of its socket.
Little Girl with Large Mass Relieved of Breathing Difficulty by Hadassah
An eight-year-old girl was having difficulty breathing and was scheduled for a bronchoscopy at the Hadassah Medical Center; Hadassah’s physicians discovered that a large mass was the cause.
Grateful Patients Thank Hadassah Medical Center on Daily Basis
Whether it is from a pregnant woman needing to spend part of her pregnancy as an inpatient or a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, the Hadassah University Medical Center receives letters of appreciation on a daily basis.
A Poignant Moment at the Hadassah Medical Center
Two boys, about six to eight years old, stood next to the nurses' station in the Pediatrics Department at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Man Survives Life-Threatening Bite by Microorganism, Thanks to Hadassah
When a 53-year-old man was hospitalized at the Hadassah Medical Center in unstable condition, suffering from sepsis, a severe systemic inflammatory response, an extensive set of tests revealed that he had been bitten by a microorganism called Rickettsia.
Correct Diagnosis of Mysterious Fever Saves Man’s Life at Hadassah
When a 50-year-old man came to the Hadassah Medical Center with a mysterious fever and difficulty breathing, the cause was difficult to determine and standard treatment for his clinical systems did not stop his decline.
Hadassah: Renowned in Noninvasive Removal of Kidney Stones
One of the first hospitals in the world to acquire a lithotripter--which revolutionized the elimination of kidney stones with noninvasive shock wave therapy—the Hadassah Medical Center today houses the largest Kidney Stone Treatment Center in Israel.
Diary of a Director General: The Determination of Dr. Duvdevani
It is really quite hard to absorb the killings that took place last week in Connecticut and truly heartbreaking to think about the pain of the parents and families, indeed of the entire community. As doctors, we are often called upon to make the emotional switch from death to life; in our personal lives, it is much more difficult. Here I would like to share with you my visit to the Endourology and Lithotripsy Unit and my conversation with its Director, Dr. Mordechai Duvdevani.
And Then They were a Family of Five: a Story of a Couple’s Perseverance and Hadassah’s Help
Unable to bring a pregnancy to term, Vered, thanks to her determination and perseverance and fortified with the help of the Hadassah Medical Center’s fertility specialists, eventually became the mother of three babies.
Hadassah Anesthesiologists Work Around Woman’s Fear of Entering a Hospital
When a woman who needed dental surgery became hysterical with fear as she drove up to the hospital, unable to gain the courage to enter, Hadassah Medical Center Senior Anesthesiologist Prof. Alex Avidan and Prof. Eliezer Kauffman, Director of Dental Anesthesia, came out to her car.
Diary of a Director General: Miracles on Mt. Scopus
As our Chanukah dreidls remind us, more than 2,000 years ago, “A great miracle happened here.” But here at Hadassah, great miracles happen every day--so many, in fact, that I had a hard time choosing which to tell you about.
Initiated in Israel, Clinical Trial for Innovative Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Expands to United States
A clinical trial with TL-118 --a new treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer--that has been ongoing at the Hadassah University Medical Center and three other oncology centers in Israel, has been expanded to the United States.
Hadassah Medical Center Intervention Program for Kids with Cognitive Problems is Piloted in Jerusalem School System
Dr. Itai Berger, Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Center, and his team have created a model for early diagnosis and intervention with children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Disabilities (LD,) which is being piloted in the Jerusalem school system.
Head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Urology Department Joins Surgical Colleagues in the Operating Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dr. Ezekiel Landau, Director of the Pediatric Urology Department at the Hadassah University Medical Center, recently joined his surgical colleagues in the operating room at Cincinnati (Ohio) Children’s Hospital Medical Center as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two medical institutions.
Hadassah Pioneers New Treatment for Liver Cancer
The Hadassah University Medical Center, for the first time in Israel, has pioneered a new treatment for liver cancer, using a direct flow of high-voltage electric current to destroy a malignant tumor.
Enlivex Successfully Completes First Trial for Treatment of Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD)
Enlivex – a Hadasit start-up company (under HBL) which develops a preventive immune-modulatory treatment invented by Prof. Dror Mevorach and his laboratory at Hadassah Medical Center - has successfully completed the first Phase I/IIa clinical trial for testing the safety and preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of ApoCell in the prevention and treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a devastating and potentially life-threatening complication that occurs in 50-70% of patients receiving bone-marrow transplantation.
Diary of a Director General: Quite Close to Home
As I write this, negotiations for a ceasefire are taking place, while rockets and missiles continue to hit Israeli cities and towns--some a considerable distance from the Gaza Strip. This is a very difficult time, a very challenging time, yet there is a hope for a better future.
The Gaza Situation and the Hadassah Hospital: Update
The Hadassah Director of External Relations updates the role of the Hadassah Hospitals as the conflict continues in Gaza
A Tribute to Prof. Saul Merin: Hadassah Ophthalmologist Who Built Bridges to Peace Through Medicine
Through his long-time collaboration with the St. John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem, Prof. Saul Merin, Hadassah University Medical Center ophthalmologist, was a role model for building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians through medicine.
Hadassah’s Community Health Program Celebrates Graduation of New Group of Volunteers
The Hadassah Medical Center’s Community Health Promotion Program for women aged 60 and above in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem celebrated the graduation of 42 volunteer leaders in September.
Pediatrics Wing B on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus: State-of-the-Art Care in a Top-Notch Space
Since the opening of the renovated and expanded Pediatrics Wing B at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus in February 2011, more than 3,000 children, mirroring the diversity of Israel’s population, have been hospitalized in the new state-of-the-art space.
Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Arm, Reviews 2012’s Accomplishments
When the Hadassah University Medical Center’s physicians suggest a solution to a medical problem which can lead to the development of a new medicine or product, Hadasit, Hadassah’s technology transfer arm, explores its feasibility and supports the promotion of those viable ideas with innovation potential.
Diary of a Director General: The Ultimate Start-Up
With the publication of Start-Up Nation, the phrase has become synonymous with Israeli imagination and invention. Yet long before this informative book was published, long before computers became commonplace, even long before Israel was founded, the Hadassah Medical Organization fashioned the template for healthcare start-ups.
Hadassah Physicians Focus on Quality of Life Issues for Young Eye Cancer Patients
While over 95 percent of children are cured of retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the eye, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s specialists are focusing on the quality of life (QOL) issues that plague these young patients.
Diary of a Director General: The Epitome of Excellence
There are many ways to measure excellence. Some people judge by reputation or demand, and they are important criteria, but for us at HMO the yardstick for excellence is the level of performance--in the past, in the present and the potential for the future.
Patient Number Three Saved at Hadassah with World-First Stem Cell Treatment
With a world-first placental stem-cell (PLX) treatment, developed by Pluristem, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center have saved the life of a third patient suffering from bone marrow disease.
Child Treated at Hadassah for Cystic Fibrosis Celebrated Her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem
Thanks to on-going treatment provided by Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics and the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, Shefa Shukrun, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was able to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem this summer.
Hadassah Specialists Conduct Clinical Trial to Relieve Depression with Deep Brain Stimulation
A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients.
Hadassah Cardiologists Initiate International Heart Valve Summit
As members of an international consortium of leading scientists studying the heart’s mitral valve, Hadassah Medical Center cardiologists invited their colleagues to meet in Jerusalem for a first International Heart Valve Summit of the Israel Heart Society.
Hadassah and Boston Cardiologists Identify Factor Which Exacerbates Heart Failure
In a series of experiments, Dr. Ronen Beeri, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, and Dr. Robert Levine, Senior Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, have demonstrated that mitral regurgitation augments the remodeling process occurring after a myocardial infarction which, in turn, exacerbates further heart failure.
Hadassah Medical Center Signs Collaboration Agreement with European Medical Center of Moscow
The Hadassah University Medical Center has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Medical Center (EMC) of Moscow, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience between clinical specialists in the two medical institutions.
Hadassah International Delegates to Meet Hadassah Medical Experts at Centennial Convention in Jerusalem
Hadassah International's Delegates will be privileged to hear about some of the remarkable medical breakthroughs coming out of Hadassah at the Centennial Convention in Jerusalem, Oct. 16-19, 2012.
Diary of a Director General: New Year, New Beginnings
For as long as I can remember, Hadassah has always been known for its superb and talented staff that produced a high level of excellence in clinical care, teaching and research. That is true as true today as it was yesterday. However, we have an obligation to our patients and ourselves to ensure it will be true tomorrow – and all the tomorrows that follow.
Diary of a Director General: August is in the Air
There is something about the air in Israel in August that feels different. Even though we continue to experience what seems like an unrelenting heat wave, “with temperatures higher than normal for the season,” there is a hint of fall in the air, of a return to the normal routine that the beginning of the school year brings--the school year that began today.
Hadassah Medical Center Receives Accolades from Founder of French Institute of International Affairs
Finding himself in the Ophthalmology Department at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem with an eye problem needing urgent care, Founder of the French Institute of International Affairs Dominique Moisi witnessed “the most comforting and hopeful signs that I have encountered in the entire region in many years.”
One of the Most Important Buildings of Jerusalem: the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Described by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat as “one of the most important buildings in the city,” the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is the child of many--from donors to designers, dreamers to doers
Hadassah/Melbourne Brain Cancer Collaboration: An Alliance with Impact
Initiated by Hadassah Australia, the collaboration between Prof. Tali Siegal, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Gaffin Neuro-oncology Center, and Prof. Andrew Kaye, head of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, has turned out to be a winning alliance for brain cancer monitoring and targeted treatment.
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Students Hold Terror Drill at Jerusalem’s Light Rail Station
Hadassah-Hebrew University medical students simulated a terror attack on Jerusalem’s new light rail as their final test at the completion of a 10-day trauma course.
Hadassah Receives Highest Number of Medical Research Grants from Israel Science Foundation
The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the most prestigious scientific fund in Israel, has awarded Hadassah physicians and researchers 7.5 grants.
Hadassah Medical Center Physicians and Orthopedic Nurse Gain International Recognition for Their Expertise
Several Hadassah University Medical Center medical professionals have won prestigious awards and gained recognition internationally.
Placental Stem Cell Therapy Saves Hadassah Patient with Bone Marrow Failure
A woman with terminal bone marrow failure was saved at the Hadassah Medical Center with placental stem cell therapy, marking the second successful treatment of a patient with this life-threatening medical condition in three months.
Cell Cure Neurosciences Receives Grant of $1.33 Million From Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist
Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., whose Chief Scientific Officer is Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff--Director of its Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center--received a 1.3 million-dollar grant from Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) to help finance its development of a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Hadassah Cardiologists Find That Vitamin D Supplementation Increases Survival for Heart Failure Patients
Noting that Vitamin D deficiency is “highly prevalent” in patients with heart failure (HF) and “a significant predictor of reduced survival,” Hadassah Medical Center physicians determined that Vitamin D supplementation was associated with improved outcome.
Diary of a Director General: The Mind is a Mysterious Place
In the last decade, researchers in neurology, neurosurgery and related fields have made major advances in understanding the mind and the impact of diseases and disorders on its many functions. Heightened understanding has led to changes in treatment protocols and advances in treatments themselves. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Head of the Department of Neurology, was the driving force behind the creation of Hadassah’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the many places where this new approach is especially evident.
New Trial Drug Cures Patient with ALS
A new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on stem cell technology and now in clinical trials at the Hadassah University Medical Center, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Muslim Reporter for New York Times Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at Hadassah Medical Center
When Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Heart Institute, met Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who was in Jerusalem to cover an international event, he invited her to visit Hadassah. When she met with Ron Krumer, Director of External Affairs for Hadassah, she explained that her role as a columnist for the international edition of theTimes was to write about Moslem women. Mr. Krumer arranged for her to speak with several Palestinian women who work at Hadassah.
Hadassah Expert in Fetal Medicine Saves Fetus with Small Chance of Survival
A fetus with a hiatus hernia that led its abdominal organs to be compressed within the chest, was saved by Hadassah Fetal Medicine Expert Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky, using an innovative treatment that is only being performed in five to six medical centers in the world.
Hadassah Researchers Develop Animal-Component Free, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines, Suitable for Human Transplantation
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem have produced, for the first time, under Good Manufacturing Practices ( GMP) conditions, lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for transplantation that are free of animal components.
Hadassah Initiates Endoscopic Treatment for Babies’ Blocked Esophagus, Replacing Risky Surgery
For the first time in Israel, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center are employing endoscopic intervention to correct fistula (abnormal connections of the esophagus and trachea) in babies, avoiding the risky conventional surgical option.
Hadassah Nurse Develops New Initiative to Ease Examination of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
Thanks to the ingenuity of a Hadassah University Medical Center nurse, child victims of sexual abuse are being put at ease with therapeutic dolls, so they are more apt to allow clinical examination, which can provide officials with evidence against their attackers.
Hadassah Physician Receives Hebrew University Award for Research on New Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
For her research on a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes, a Hadassah University Medical Center physician has received the Kaye Innovation Award from the Hebrew University. The treatment is now undergoing commercial development.
Kenyan Doctor Achieves His Dream at Hadassah Medical Center
A Kenyan physician, the son of subsistence farmers from one of the poorest districts near the border of Tanzania, achieved his dream of becoming an interventional radiologist through a fellowship at the Hadassah University Medical Center.
Hadassah Perseverance Ensures That Patient Gets a New Kidney
The persistence of the organ transplant coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center in reaching a patient who had been waiting for five years for a kidney ensured that he received one—after the police located him in synagogue, attending Shabbat morning services.
Ukrainian Little Boy’s Life Saved with Bone Marrow Transplant at Hadassah
When four-and-a-half-year-old Zrichko Vladislav was diagnosed with osteopetrosis--a condition where the bones become overly dense and cause damage to nerves and tissues--his feet had already started to bend and he could hardly walk. A bone marrow transplant at the Hadassah University Medical Center saved his life.
Israeli Ministry of Health Announces It Will Pay for Advanced Genetic Testing
The Israeli Ministry of Health has announced that genetic chip testing--the most advanced method to identify chromosomal abnormalities in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women--will be included in the health services covered by the State.
Hadassah Team Develops New Model Which May Save Women Unnecessary Interventions
A study team led by Dr. Carolyn F. Weiniger, an obstetrical anesthesiologist at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has developed a new model for identifying placenta accreta, the abnormal implantation of the placenta into the uterine wall.
Cord Blood Stem Cells Improve Life for Baby with Brain Injury
With cord blood stem cells preserved at the Hadassah University Medical Center, an Israeli baby with a brain injury received a transplant at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, and was able to walk with a walker and wave her hand which had been previously paralyzed.
International Team Including Hadassah Traces Hepatitis B Virus to 16th Century Korean Mummy
The discovery of a mummified Korean child with relatively preserved organs enabled an Israeli-South Korean scientific team to conduct genetic analysis which revealed a hepatitis B virus that is common in Southeast Asia.
Gastroenterology Problem on a Mediterranean Cruise Lands Nebraskan at Hadassah
While on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, Patrick Griffin from Nebraska became ill with a gastroenterology problem. When it was ultimately determined he needed surgery, Mr. Griffin’s sister connected him to an air ambulance company in Tel Aviv which, in turn, referred him to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. David Linton, Director of Intensive Care Medicine and a pilot.
Hadassah-Belfast Collaboration Continues to Benefit Patients
A long-standing collaboration between the Hadassah University Medical Center and the Belfast (Ireland) City Hospital Trust Cardiac Anesthesia Department which began with guest lectures in Israel and Ireland has led to a joint research project using a ventilator invented in Israel.
Hadassah’s Trauma Specialists Publish in Prestigious World Surgery Journal
In an article which was recently published in the World Journal of Surgery, Hadassah University Medical Center trauma specialists shared their finding that introducing an intensified, high-level supervision approach to trauma care decreases the percent of fatalities.
Mass Casualty Drill Simulates Reality at Hadassah University Medical Center
A mass casualty drill at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem in early June began with “wounded” victims being brought by ambulance to Hadassah’s Trauma Unit. The wounded were examined for radiation contamination by specially dressed hospital personnel (left) and those that were found to be “polluted” were washed as part of the decontamination process (right). For this drill, a secondary emergency room was opened in the lobby of Hadassah’s Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. The entire operation was supervised by teams from Israel’s Ministry of Health, Home Front Command of the Israel Defense Forces, and Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
Diary of a Director General: New Faces of 2012
When I came to Hadassah, everyone was excited and involved in the move to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Everyone was committed to the project; everyone was energized by the task. Everyone took to heart the words: “We’re not waiting for the future. We’re building it.” These are important words – words that apply to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, but even more to the entire Hadassah Medical Organization.
Hadassah National Board Member Views Completed Hospital Tower--As a Patient
While spending time with her daughter in northern Israel, Roberta (Bobbi) Ebert fell down a flight of stone stairs and found herself a patient in the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and finally on the Orthopedic floor of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Diary of a Director General: From the Mind to the Marketplace
It is often said that while Israel is not endowed with a large supply of natural resources, we are rich in brain power. This has been proven repeatedly in the last few decades as creative ideas continuously emerge from the minds of Israeli scientists and find their way to the marketplace.
Placental Stem Cells Prove Successful in Bringing Little Girl to Recovery at Hadassah
Using placental mesenchymal stem cells--which proved effective in pre-clinical trials--physicians at the Hadassah University Medical Center rescued the life of a seven-year-old Romanian girl whose two bone marrow transplants were not triggering the repair needed to save her life.
Childhood Cancer Survivors Bolstered by Hadassah Medical Center Clinic
With 80 percent of childhood cancer victims cured of the disease today, the need to address the complex issues that the young survivors face in the aftermath of treatment led the Hadassah University Medical Center to establish a Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic.
Hadassah’s Post-Surgery Patient Enjoys the Comfort of the New Hospital Tower
Brenda Godfrey, who immigrated to Israel from the United Kingdom 35 years ago and recently was a post-surgery patient at the Hadassah University Medical Center, praised her new temporary home in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah’s Young Patients Transported to New Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Leaving the crowded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the fourth floor, the first young patients, on beds and in incubators, were moved into the new spacious PICU three floors above in the Hadassah University Medical Center Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center
Hadassah’s Heart Failure Center Reaches out to the Community, Providing Continuity of Care
Hadassah’s Heart Failure and Heart Muscle Disease Center reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between hospital-based and community-based medicine.
CEO of Hadasit Bio-Holdings Interviewed by Bio Tuesdays.com
Our physicians are “hands-on, world-renowned professionals who work with patients, and when they do their R & D (research and development), they are much more focused to create solutions for the problems they encounter on a daily basis,” Chief Executive Officer Ophir Shahaf of Hadasit Bio-Holdings, the technology transfer financing arm of the Hadassah University Medical Center, told BioTuesdays.com in an April 17 interview.
Prof. Eitan Gross, Hadassah Pediatric Surgeon and Naval Officer
In addition to putting in long days treating patients and doing research, a large percentage of Hadassah University Medical Center physicians are officers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Eitan Gross is an example.
Australian Intensive Care Specialist Chooses to Move to Israel and Join Hadassah Medical Staff
Dr. Peter Vernon Van Heerden, an Australian intensive care specialist with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, and a professor at the University of Western Australia, will shortly be moving to Israel and joining the medical staff of the Hadassah University Medical Center.
From Marathon Runner to Patient: A Canadian Professor Praises Hadassah
Canadian Professor Gil Troy was running a marathon in Jerusalem when he landed in Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus with a broken femur. “Hadassah Medical Center remains one of Israel’s miracles,” he says.
Miraculous Surgeries at Hadassah Medical Center Give Hadassah Doctor Back Her Life Following Terrorist Attack
Despite the fact that a terrorist’s bomb exploded in her face, Hadassah University Medical Center’s Dr. Mirela Siderer, a gynecologist at the Clinic for Women’s Health in Ashkelon, has been able to return to work, thanks to the surgical expertise at Hadassah.
Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Center Opens at Hadassah University Medical Center
A new interdisciplinary center for the treatment of epilepsy in children and adults has opened at the Hadassah University Medical Center
Hadassah Juvenile Diabetes Conference Draws 100 Participants from All Sectors of Jerusalem
Young patients and their parents from all sectors of Jerusalem’s population attended the 10th annual conference of the Hadassah Juvenile Diabetes Clinic, an event initiated by Dr. David Zangen, Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology and Juvenile Diabetes Unit at Hadassah Hospital-Mt. Scopus.
Hadassah Researchers Identify Anti-Aging Genes in Community of Orthodox Women
Hadassah University Medical Center researchers have identified genes unique to a group of Orthodox women in Israel who conceived naturally after age 45, which generate an anti-aging effect.
The Magic of Hadassah’s Medical Clowns
Because laughter is magical medicine, the Hadassah University Medical Center has a dynamic Medical Clown Program, which puts a smile on the faces of its pediatric patients.
Thrombotech Receives Regulatory Approval for Stroke Medicine Trials in the US
Thrombotech Ltd., a biotechnology company based on cutting-edge stroke research at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has received approval from the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand clinical trials to the US for its lead product, THR-18.
The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower: An Appraisal from its Architect
As the first patients settle into the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Moshe Levy, Project Architect, Spector-Amisar Architects, reflects on what the building communicates:
World-Renowned Orthopedists Gather at Hadassah Medical Center to Discuss Future Trends in Orthopedics
Nearly 200 orthopedic surgeons--among them some of the world's most prominent physicians--came to Jerusalem in March to attend the International Symposium on “Future Trends in Orthopedics” at the Hadassah University Medical Center.
Pregnant Woman from Cyprus with Rare Ectopic Pregnancy Saved at Hadassah
A 30-year-old pregnant woman from Cyprus was flown to the Hadassah University Medical Center when her local physician, who made the diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy under the left kidney, referred her to Hadassah for further care. A 48-hour surgery at Hadassah saved her life.
Diary of a Director General: Our patients, our doctors
From time to time when I park my car in the lot at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, I see a helicopter arriving at the landing pad nearby. As the doors open and our team rushes a patient or two to the Trauma Unit, I wonder who the patients are and what happened to them that required their emergency transport.
Diary of a Director General: The Season of Renewal
Anticipating the approach of Pesach and the Seder we will celebrate, I find myself thinking about the connection between the story of our going out from Egypt that we read about in the Haggadah--about the birth of the Jewish People as a people --and Pesach as the holiday of spring and the arrival of a new season.
First Lady of United Nations Visits Hadassah University Medical Center During First Trip to Israel
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.
2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships Awarded at Hadassah University Medical Center
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.
Hadassah Physician/Marathon Runner Helps Unconscious Diabetic During Race
When Hadassah University Medical Center Senior Anesthesiologist Dr. David Gozal and his wife Gabrielle, a Hadassah nurse, participated in the annual Spring Valley half-marathon in northern Israel, Dr. Gozal found himself aiding an unconscious diabetic he saw on the side of the road as he was running.
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.
A Teenager with Leukemia --A Bridge to Peace from Gaza to Jerusalem
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.
Empowering Women to Take Control of Their Own Health—Hadassah Style
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.
Hadassah University Medical Center Hosts Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
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.
Hadassah's Nursing Master’s Degree Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Honors Supporters
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
Diary of a Director General: The Other Side of the Mountain
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 for Healing
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower opens amid joy and prayer for the healing of the daughter of our People
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower Moving In Day, March 19, 2012
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower Moving In Day, March 19, 2012. See the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower Opening Ceremony LIVE on Monday morning, March 19, at 6:00 am EDT. Watch the excitement in Jerusalem.
Physician Profile: Dr. Josh Schroeder, Hadassah Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Resident
“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.
Delegation of Top Hospital Administrators is Wowed by Hadassah Medical Center’s new Inpatient Facility
“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.
Hadassah Physicians' Study Supports Novel Needle for Spinal Fluid Sampling
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.
Tourist from Georgia Lauds Care at Hadassah Following Heart Attack
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.”
Diary of a Director General: Social Networking of Another Kind
As the barrage of rockets fell on southern Israel over the weekend, my thoughts constantly turned to the people under attack.
Hadassah Deputy Director General of Nursing Says Reality Surpasses the Dream
“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.”
Hadassah’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Moving into the 7th Floor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
“The grouping of the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Plastic Surgery, and Maxillofacial departments together in the East Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s seventh floor will encourage the best of the multidisciplinary approach to flourish,” relates Prof. Rephael Zeltser, head of the Maxillofacial Department.
Hadassah University Medical Center Embarks on “Dry Run” for New Hospital Tower
A euphoric mood suffused the “dry run,” which the Hadassah University Medical Center conducted to ensure that the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is ready to receive real patients on Moving-In day, March 19.
From Improved Diagnosis to Novel Therapies: Advances in Parkinson’s Disease at the Hadassah University Medical Center
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.
Hadassah Study Suggests Cancer Treatment for Kidney is Effective for Sarcoma Too
A recent study headed by Dr. Daniela Katz, Sarcoma Unit Coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Sharett Institute of Oncology, suggests that the biological therapy given to patients with kidney cancer is also effective for patients with sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer.
Diary of a Director General: The Quality of Commitment
As I thought about three seemingly unconnected events that occurred in the past few weeks and how they represented different aspects of our Hadassah life, the word ‘quality’ came to mind – quality of care, quality assurance and most of all, quality of commitment.
Hadassah Specialists Separate Conjoined Twins: A Jerusalem First
For the first time in Jerusalem, twin fetuses that shared a blood vessel were successfully separated by Hadassah University Medical Center specialists.
Hadassah Clinical Trial Reveals Safety and Efficacy of Stem Cell Technology in Treating ALS
“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).
Underground Security and State-of-the Art Design: The Operating Rooms of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Designed and outfitted to meet the challenges of cutting-edge surgery today and the surgical changes of the decades to come, the 20 ultra-modern operating rooms in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower will all be on one floor, four floors underground, with the safeguards to handle biological or chemical attacks.
Complex, Less Debilitating Treatment for Neuroendocrine Cancer Now Available in Israel at Hadassah
A treatment for neuroendocrine cancer that was previously only available abroad is now being provided at the Hadassah University Medical Center.
Grateful Vacationer/Patient Praises Hadassah’s Center for Emergency Medicine
A visitor to Israel, after suffering a miscarriage in the middle of the night, shared her gratitude for the excellent care she received in Hadassah’s Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine. Read her testimonial.
Moving-Day Momentum Soaring for Hadassah’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
March 19, 2012 will mark moving-in day for the Hadassah University Medical Center’s new 19-story inpatient facility—the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah treats Palestinian children hurt in a school bus accident
Dozens were injured when a bus transporting Palestinian schoolchildren and a truck collided on wet roads in northern Jerusalem.
Diary of a Director General: Sharing the Vision
The Hadassah Medical Organization has always enjoyed a special relationship with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the American Consulate in Jerusalem, based, of course, on our common American connection.
Diary of a Director General: A Long and Winding Road
The weather seemed to be sending me a personal message the foggy, misty morning I returned to Hadassah after more than a week abroad. Low clouds hung over the narrow, winding two-lane descent that brings me to Ein Kerem and it was difficult to see the road ahead.
Physicians Council Celebrates Hadassah’s Centennial with Special Program in Jerusalem
The Hadassah Physicians Council is proud to host a program with the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, Sunday evening, October 14-Monday, October 15, immediately preceding Hadassah’s Centennial Convention.
Diary of a Director General: The Nuances of Neurology
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, Recently, Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Head of the Department of Neurology, made an outstanding presentation to HMO’s medical management.
Palestinian Publicist Praises Hadassah Medical Center After Personal Experience at the Hospital
In Israel’s leading daily newspaper,Yediot Acharonot, Kamell Husseini, a founder and manager of a Palestinian public relations and communications firm in the West Bank city of Ramallah, praised the medical care his mother received at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Click here to read Mr. Husseini’s article.
Hadassah Surgeons Trained in Groundbreaking Surgical Technique for Removing Cancerous Tumors
An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from a patient’s gastrointestinal tract has been introduced at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases by Prof. Hans- Wolf Sievert, head of Gastroenterology at Germany’s Oldenburg-University Hospital and a renowned expert in this field.
New Support for Pregnant Women and New Mothers at Hadassah Medical Center
A new “club” for pregnant women and new mothers has opened in both Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem and Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Hadassah Research Reveals that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May be Best to Prevent and Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research conducted at the Hadassah University Medical Center has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is more effective than drug therapy in treating and preventing the development of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Hadassah High-Risk Pregnancy Expert Helps Ensure Successful Birth of Twins
Yael, a speech therapist whose previous three children were born very small, was able to add healthy twins to her family, thanks in part to the intervention of Prof. Drorith Hochner-Celnikier, high-risk pregnancy expert and Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Hadassah University Medical Center Conducts Clinical Trial for Vaccine Against Cancer Cells
The Hadassah University Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial of a vaccine that "trains" the immune system to seek and destroy malignant cells that have invaded the body.
Fighting Sexual Abuse by Wendy Elliman (as appeared in the October 2011 issue of Hadassah Magazine)
One in four adult women in the West is sexually attacked during her lifetime. A similar number of girls suffer sexual abuse in childhood, along with one in six boys. Very few seek medical, psychological or emotional help, and even fewer file police complaints.
Hadassah’s “Crane-less” Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
With less than 8 weeks to moving-in day, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the Hadassah University Medical Center is crane-less!!!
Child Saved in US Thanks To 2008 Genetic Discovery at Hadassah University Medical Center
A 2008 discovery of a genetic mutation causing muscle breakdown by a Hadassah University Medical Center team, led by Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Human Genetics, has resulted in the saving of a three-year-old child's life at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
New Kidney Recipient: Happy and Grateful
A grateful Palestinian from Beit Lechem received a new kidney at the Hadassah University Medical Center, thanks to a donor organ from an Israeli family whose relative died of a stroke. The donor family members said they felt privileged to participate in "creating a mosaic of peace.”
Researchers Identify Gene Involved in Ovarian Development
A teenage girl, who came to the Hadassah University Medical Center for help when she did not go through puberty, led to the discovery of a gene that plays a major role in ovarian development. The three-year investigation was conducted by a joint team from Hadassah and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, led by Dr. David Zangen, head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, and Prof. Ephrat Levy-Lahad, head of the Medical Genetics Institute at Shaare Zedek.
Hadassah’s Pulmonary Institute: Innovator in Pulmonary Fibrosis Research
The Hadassah University Medical Center’s Pulmonary Institute is an innovator in laboratory research aimed at reversal of pulmonary fibrosis, the debilitating formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in the lung.
Diary of a Director General: Passionate About Research
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, The revolving doors at the end of the floors on the lower levels of Hadassah-Ein Kerem that connect the hospital and the Faculty of Medicine are constantly in motion. I am pleased to be one of those that uses the revolving door, and that after only two months, I am among the doctors and scientists who hurry back and forth between the two institutions as if they were one entity
Success of Clinical Trial Brings Researchers Closer to a Cure for Blindness
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have completed a clinical trial which has successfully demonstrated the efficacy of gene therapy in restoring vision to patients with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetic condition which causes severe visual impairment and eventual blindness.
Diary of a Director General: The Hadassah Model
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, You may have seen the article called “The Hadassah Model” that caused quite a stir when it appeared a couple of weeks ago in Yedioth Achronoth, a popular Hebrew daily.
Diary of a Director General: The Path from Jerusalem to Montevideo
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, “Treating one person is very rewarding; treating many more is even more rewarding,” Prof. Eitan Kerem said about the week he and members of his team spent in Uruguay last month.
Diary of a Director General: Hadassah Role Models
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, Last week I spent a morning visiting the Department of Hematology at Hadassah-Ein Kerem. I was impressed with the sophisticated treatment and professional expertise our patients receive, but I came away in awe of the Department’s doctors, nurses, scientists, technicians and support staff. Totally dedicated to their patients, battling to save each and every life, they never give up even when the outlook is grim.
Diary of a Director General: Welcome to Hadassah
Last week I had the chance to welcome two very different groups of people to our Medical Center: The Creative Coalition from Hollywood and the Jewish Federation of Brazil.
Diary of a Director General: The Heart of our Hospitals
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, A few days ago a team from the Ministry of Health came to Hadassah-Ein Kerem to evaluate our operating rooms; not just the physical facilities, but how well they function and how our surgical teams perform. We passed their rigorous standards with flying colors.
Spotlight on Hadassah’s Dr. Yael Houri-Haddad: Specialist in Oral Biology
Dr. Yael Houri-Haddad, who immigrated to Israel from Tunisia at age 14, is a Hadassah University Medical Center dentist with a PhD in oral biology.
Hadassah’s Multiple Sclerosis Center: A Global Leader in Treating MS with Stem Cells
Since 1990, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at the Hadassah University Medical Center has been conducting groundbreaking research into the use of bone marrow-derived stem cells to treat MS. Today, Hadassah’s MS Center, headed by Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, is a world leader in treating MS with stem cells.
Hadassah at the Forefront of Peaceful Coexistence
Yves Mamou, a journalist who writes about economics for the French newspaper, Le Monde, has published a book in French entitled, Israel: the diseases of the religious--a different outlook on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
A Bone Marrow Transplantation at Hadassah Cures Child of Severe Blood Disorder
Eleven-year-old Fatma,* a Palestinian young girl suffering from the serious blood disorder, thalassemia major, received a bone marrow transplantation at the Hadassah University Medical Center and was cured of this debilitating disease.
Fertility Treatments at Hadassah University Medical Center: a Privilege for All
In Israel, fertility treatments, including expensive in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures are available to all, with payment covered by health insurance for up to four children.