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Soon-to-be Parents Thank Hadassah
Soon-to-be parents, identified here by their first initial, wrote this note in appreciation of the treatment they received at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem. Date: 6/3/2013

Hadassah Medical Organization Names New Director General
"After a thorough search process, I am very happy to announce that Avigdor Kaplan has been chosen unanimously by the HMO Board to serve as Hadassah Medical Organization's Director General. His credentials are impressive," says National President Marcie Natan. Date: 5/31/2013

Hadassah Medical Organization Holds Chemical Warfare Preparedness Drill
Because of mounting regional tension and rumors of chemical warfare in neighboring countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a week of national emergency preparedness last week. The Hadassah Medical Organization conducted a simulation warfare drill at Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus to test its readiness for a large-scale chemical attack and its ability to treat dozens of patients in a short time span. Date: 5/29/2013

Unique Australian/Anglican/Israeli/Palestinian Partnership Aims to Improve Health of Palestinian Children
Hundreds of Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank will have access to improved health care at the Hadassah Medical Center thanks to a unique multi-faith partnership that was launched on May 24th at a media conference in Melbourne, Australia. Date: 5/28/2013

Mayor of Nice, France Visits Hadassah Hospital- Ein Kerem
Mayor Christian Estrosi of Nice, France stopped at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem during his seventh visit to Israel earlier this week and met with Acting Director General Dr. Yuval Weiss, who emphasized the importance of Hadassah's collaboration with Nice. Date: 5/23/2013

Oral Insulin Pill, Based on Hadassah Medical Center Research, Cleared by FDA for Clinical Trial in US
The oral insulin pill (ORMD-0801), based on over 30 years of research by Hadassah Medical Center scientists, and developed by the Israeli company, Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Phase 2 clinical trials in the US. Date: 5/21/2013

Hadassah Dedicates the Moshe Saba Synagogue in Ein Kerem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sends Greetings to Dedication Ceremony Participants Date: 5/9/2013

Dr. Mushira Aboodia, Hadassah Gynecologist and Sexual Abuse Specialist, Gives Presentation at Hadassah New York Headquarters
While in the United States for training in evaluating children who have been physically or sexually abused, Hadassah Medical Center Senior Gynecologist/Obstetrician and Sexual Abuse Specialist Dr. Mushira Aboodia gave a presentation at Hadassah's New York headquarters about the work of the Hadassah Medical Center's Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse. Date: 5/8/2013

Neuro-Cognitive Center Director Presented Hadassah Model for Treating ADHD 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). Date: 5/8/2013

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. Date: 5/8/2013

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. Date: 5/8/2013

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. Date: 5/6/2013

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. Date: 5/6/2013

Hadassah’s Head of Trauma Receives Certificate of Appreciation from US White House
For his support during United States President Barack Obama's recent visit to Israel, Prof. Avi Rivkind, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center's Trauma Unit, received a certificate of appreciation from the White House. Date: 5/1/2013

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. Date: 5/1/2013

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. Date: 4/30/2013

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. Date: 4/30/2013

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. Date: 4/30/2013

Hadassah Launches New Smartphone Application for Patients
The Hadassah Medical Center launched a new smartphone application in order to offer more efficient services to patients as well as reaching potential patients. Date: 4/30/2013

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. Date: 4/30/2013

New Director of Social Work at Hadassah: Estelle Rubinstein
Estelle Rubinstein will be the new director of the Department of Social Work at Hadassah. Date: 4/30/2013

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. Date: 4/17/2013

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. Date: 4/17/2013

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. Date: 4/17/2013

An Update from the Acting Director General
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. Date: 4/11/2013

Three Generations of Hadassah Healing: A Family 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. Date: 4/8/2013

Artist Creates Curtain to Adorn Torah Ark in Synagogue of Hadassah’s New Hospital Tower
Artist as well as Life Member Sharon Binder, who made aliyah in 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. Date: 4/3/2013

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. Date: 4/3/2013

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. Date: 4/3/2013

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz Visits Hadassah Ein-Kerem
While in Israel accompanying President Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) paid an early morning visit to the Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem, where she visited with sick patients and met with members of the staff. Date: 3/21/2013

Hadassah Researchers Identify Connection Between National 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. Date: 3/19/2013

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. Date: 3/19/2013

Daughter Expresses Admiration for Sensitivity Shown Her 92-year-old Dad at Hadassah
The daughter of a patient thanks Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem. Date: 3/12/2013

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. Date: 3/12/2013

New Zealand’s Wellington Unit Celebrates Purim with Support for Hadassah’s Medical Clown Program
The Wellington Unit of Hadassah-New Zealand raised funds for the Hadassah Medical Center's Medical Clown Program by hosting a raffle and stand at the local Jewish Community Center's Purim Gala. Date: 3/12/2013

“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." Date: 3/6/2013

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. Date: 3/6/2013

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. Date: 3/6/2013

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. Date: 3/4/2013

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. Date: 2/25/2013

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. Date: 2/25/2013

Baby Who Swallowed a Date Pit 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. Date: 2/20/2013

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 IsraelAfula, has been appointed Chair of Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem Dr. Darawsha succeeds Dr. Jacob (Cobi) Assaf, who has retired after heading Hadassah ER for the last 18 years. Date: 2/20/2013

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. Date: 2/20/2013

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. Date: 2/20/2013

Creative Sale of Art Brings Money to Hadassah Medical Center
When Hadassah Austria President Susi Shaked decided she could donate a Cartier watch that she no longer wore for auction in support of the Hadassah-Christie's Chagall Project, it occurred to her shortly thereafter that she might also be able to donate for auction some works of art that her husband's patients had created a number of years ago. Date: 1/31/2013

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. Date: 1/31/2013

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. Date: 1/31/2013

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. Date: 1/30/2013

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. Date: 1/30/2013

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