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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. Date: 11/15/2012

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. Date: 11/15/2012

Where do Hadassah Nurses Come From?
Watch the stories of four nurses, each born in different countries and from diverse backgrounds, who found their way and purpose in helping others through work at Hadassah Hospital. Date: 11/7/2012

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. Date: 9/27/2012

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. Date: 9/27/2012

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. Date: 9/27/2012

Hadassah Physicians Focus on Quality of Life Issues for Young Eye Cancer Patients
Though 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. Date: 9/27/2012

Hadassah Specialists Conduct Clinical Trial Using Deep Brain Stimulation to Relieve Depression
A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients. Date: 9/27/2012

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. Date: 9/27/2012

Sister of Olympic Gold Medalist Treated at Hadassah for Cystic Fibrosis, Celebrates Her Bat Mitzvah
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. Date: 9/27/2012

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.” Date: 9/19/2012

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. Date: 9/19/2012

Rasheda Ali, Stem Cell Advocate and Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, Visits with Hadassah’s Neurology Experts
Rasheda Ali, daughter of the legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali and member of the advisory board of BrainStorm, the Israeli company that works on innovative treatments for Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis with Hadassah Senior Neurologist Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, will now focus her efforts on behalf of the BrainStorm/Hadassah methodology. Date: 8/9/2012

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 the 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). Date: 8/8/2012

Hadassah International Ambassador from Germany Presents Game Show Winnings to Hadassah Medical Center’s Head of Pediatrics
Actress and Hadassah International Ambassador Veronica Ferres presents a check for $125,000 euros from her game show winnings to Prof. Eitan Kerem Date: 8/8/2012

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. Date: 8/8/2012

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. Date: 8/5/2012

Hadassah Medical Center Physicians and Orthopedic Nurse Gain International Recognition for Their Expertise
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. Date: 8/5/2012

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. Date: 8/5/2012

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. Date: 8/5/2012

Australian Football Legend Visits Hadassah Medical Center
Peter Hudson, Australian football icon, visited Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem in July and spent some time with Dr. Yigal Shoshan, head of Neurosurgery at Hadassah. Date: 7/25/2012

Belgium’s Bordet Institute and Hadassah Medical Center Forge Alliance to Advance Cancer Research
The Bordet Institute of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and the Hadassah University Medical Center have signed an agreement of cooperation to advance cancer research. Date: 7/25/2012

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. Date: 7/12/2012

Muslim Reporter Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at HMO
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. Date: 7/12/2012

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 Hadassah, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Date: 7/3/2012

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. Date: 6/26/2012

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. Date: 6/26/2012

Hadassah Researchers Develop Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Suitable for Humans
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. Date: 6/26/2012

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 previously been paralyzed.  Date: 6/15/2012

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, who is also a pilot. Date: 6/15/2012

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. Date: 6/15/2012

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.  Date: 6/15/2012

Hadassah’s Trauma Specialists Publish in Prestigious World Surgery Journal
In an article recently published in the World Journal of Surgery, Hadassah University Medical Center trauma specialists shared their finding: introducing an intensified, high-level supervision approach to trauma care decreases the percent of fatalities. Date: 6/15/2012

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. Date: 6/15/2012

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. The research team is comprised of scientists from the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Liver Unit; the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and Dankook University and Seoul National University in South Korea. Date: 6/15/2012

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.  Date: 6/15/2012

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. Date: 6/15/2012

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.  Date: 6/15/2012

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. Date: 6/14/2012

With Pride, We Announce the New Director of Hadassah Mt. Scopus

On June 1, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach M.D, M.H.A., will assume the position of Director of the Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus, succeeding Prof. Zvi Stern, who completed eleven years as Director ofthe hospital. Prof. Stern was recently appointed President of the Jerusalem Academic College of Engineering. 

Date: 5/29/2012

Hadassah Lab Discovery: Special Compound Dramatically Shrinks Lung Tumors
Hadassah University Medical Center researchers have discovered that a special compound called BKT140 shrank lung cell tumors by about 50 percent in cell samples and laboratory mice. When BKT140 was combined with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, cancer cell growth decreased by about 90 percent in lab samples! Date: 5/24/2012

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. Date: 5/15/2012

CEO of Hadasit Bio-Holdings Interviewed by Bio Tuesdays.com
Interview with Chief Executive Officer of Hadasit, Ophir Shahaf Date: 5/15/2012

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. Date: 5/15/2012

Collaborations Continue Through Hadassah Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Partnership
As part of a clinical exchange program between the Hadassah University Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Polina Stefansky, Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Center, visited Cincinnati Children's Hospital for two weeks of medical collaboration and training in March. The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah hosted a buffet lunch for her, where she spoke about her work at Hadassah with gene therapy and bone marrow transplants. Date: 5/15/2012

Hadassah National Board Member Views Completed Hospital Tower--As a Patient
The Hadassah 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 at the Sharett Institute of Oncology; 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. Date: 5/15/2012

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. Date: 5/15/2012

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. She had rave reviews for the entire staff and, especially, her two surgeons, Dr. Gidon Almogy and Dr. Mahmud Abu-Ghazallah. Date: 5/15/2012

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. Date: 5/15/2012

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.  Date: 5/15/2012

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