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HMO’s Geriatric Unit: Special Support for the Frail Elderly
The Hadassah University Medical Center’s Geriatric Unit--unique in Israel--was created to assess the needs of the frail elderly and provide them with the holistic care they need. Date: 7/24/2013

French Opera Baritone Entertains Patients and Staff at Hadassah
French Baritone Opera Virtuoso David Serero performed in the atrium of the Hadassah Medical Center's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower on July 18. Date: 7/22/2013

Updated: Hadassah Doctors Enable Gazan Child to Breathe Independently for First Time in Seven Years
Overcoming international obstacles and a lack of medical resources, Hadassah doctors teamed up with a Columbia University Medical Center specialist to perform life-changing surgery to enable a patient to breathe and speak for the first time in seven years. Date: 7/22/2013

Project Rozana Helps to Save a Palestinian Baby's Life at Hadassah's Hospital
Musab Alafandi stands over his son's crib, checking on his son's breathing. This week, he and his wife Majd are taking turns looking after their son Abdul Nasser in a regular hospital ward so that they will feel secure when they take him home soon. Date: 7/18/2013

Construction Update: Hadassah Celebrates New 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. Date: 7/15/2013

Dental School Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence and Role as Bridge to Peace
Sixty years after the women of Hadassah, the Hebrew University and Alpha Omega International Fraternity opened the first dental school in Israel, hundreds of dentists, oral surgeons and researchers from Israel and abroad celebrated the achievements of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine and its role in building bridges for peace. Date: 7/10/2013

From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan
The first note from the desk of the new Director-General Avigdor Kaplan. Date: 7/2/2013

Chinese Delegation Visits Hadassah's Hospital on First Trip to Israel
A delegation of Chinese health officials, led by Professor Xiaochun Chen, Deputy Director-General of the Provincial Department of Health of Hunan Province, which has more than 75 million citizens, visited Hadassah Medical Organization at Ein Kerem on Sunday. Date: 7/1/2013

Hadassah Senior Ob/Gyn Physicians Share Expertise with International Researchers
Dozens of researchers from different countries participated in a seminar at Hadassah Medical Organization presented by Hadassah's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as part of a Society for Gynecological Investigation (SGI) conference, which took place in Israel for the first time. Date: 6/26/2013

Placental Cells Mitigate Radiation-Induced Complications in Mice, Hadassah Researchers Reveal
Placental cells, Hadassah Medical Organization researchers have shown, were successful in mitigating acute radiation-induced complications in mice when transplantation was initiated 24 hours following total body irradiation. Date: 6/26/2013

Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem Hosts Stillbirth Support Groups
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem runs a support group for women who have had stillbirths--where a baby is born lifeless as a result of a miscarriage or a medically induced abortion. Date: 6/19/2013

Hollywood Star Sharon Stone Visits Hadassah Medical Organization
Hollywood star Sharon Stone, a long-time activist to find a cure for AIDS, visited Hadassah-Hebrew University Center in Ein Kerem today to meet with Professor Dan Engelhard, head of Hadassah's pediatric AIDS unit which has developed an integrative method of treating children who are HIV positive in Israel and around the world. Date: 6/18/2013

Mayor of Paris Visits Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem
In 2005, an Israeli-France partnership formed "Heart for Peace," a program at Hadassah- Hebrew University Medical Center which cares for Palestinian children suffering from severe heart disease, free of charge. Since its inception the association has raised funds to save the lives of over 500 Palestinian children in need of cardiac surgery. Date: 6/17/2013

Hadassah and Yale Researchers Find Peptide Prevents Disease in Mice
Researchers have discovered that a certain peptide released by a fetus during pregnancy, called a “pre-implantation factor” (PIF) is effective in preventing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in mice, following a bone marrow transplant. Date: 6/13/2013

Helping Patients to Heal: Hadassah-Mount Scopus Hosts Art Exhibition
“Creativity and Health” was the theme for this year’s annual art exhibition, hosted for patients and the local community at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus. Date: 6/13/2013

Stem Cells Speed Up Healing Process for Severe Fractures, Hadassah Orthopedists Prove
Injecting stem cells to treat severe fractures speeds up recovery, physicians in the Orthopedics Department of the Hadassah University Medical Center have demonstrated. Date: 6/13/2013

Hadassah Conference Highlights and Honors Excellence in Research
The second annual Research Conference in memory of Dr. Ido Yatziv, former Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), highlighted studies conducted by residents, nurses and paramedical staff. Date: 6/3/2013

Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus Offers Self-Help Group for Children Suffering with Obesity
The Nutrition and Diet Clinic of Hadassah Hospital- Mount Scopus is hosting a new self-help group for children who suffer from obesity and their parents. Date: 6/3/2013

Hadassah Pediatric Fellow Leads Paradigm Shift in Israeli Pediatric Care
To spearhead a paradigm shift in Israeli pediatric care, Hadassah Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. Hava Gadassi trained for two and a half years at the Center for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Date: 6/3/2013

Hadassah to the Rescue for Toothless Children
For the first time in Israel, two toothless children, ages five and six, were given the ability to talk, chew solid food, and smile again, thanks to dental implants they received from multidisciplinary health professionals at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine. Date: 6/3/2013

Hadassah’s Department of Pediatrics Receives Donation of Laptops and Videos
Dozens of laptops, videos, and CDs were donated to the Hadassah Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics for use by hospitalized children. The laptops were contributed by a number of businesses, as well as private donors. Date: 6/3/2013

Pilgrimage Ends With Organ Donations at Hadassah
A 61-year-old Christian tourist from Russia suffered a massive heart attack during a pilgrimage to the holy Christian sites in Israel a few weeks ago. She was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Organization, suffering from extensive brain damage and was immediately admitted to Hadassah's Intensive Care Unit. After numerous efforts to save her life were unsuccessful, the doctors had to pronounce her brain dead. Date: 6/3/2013

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

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