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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. Date: 4/15/2012


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. Date: 4/15/2012


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. Date: 4/15/2012


2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships Awarded at Hadassah University Medical Center
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: 3/28/2012


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. This medicine is designed to improve the safety and efficacy of tPA, the currently available treatment for ischemic stroke. Date: 3/28/2012


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. Date: 3/16/2012


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. Date: 3/15/2012


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. Date: 3/15/2012


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). Date: 3/15/2012


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. Date: 3/15/2012


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 Date: 3/15/2012


Palestinian Children Injured in Bus Accident Rushed to Hadassah’s Trauma Unit
At a checkpoint separating Jerusalem from the West Bank, a bus filled with Palestinian school children collided with a truck; some of the most seriously injured children were rushed to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s trauma unit for urgent care. Date: 3/15/2012


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. Date: 3/15/2012


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." Date: 3/15/2012


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. Date: 2/15/2012


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. Patients are injected with radioactive material that attaches to the malignant cell, absorbing and destroying it with minimal damage to other tissue. The new treatment is the outgrowth of three years of collaboration between Hadassah and Israel's Soreq Nuclear Research Center, an applied research and development institute affiliated with the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. The radioactive material is assembled at the Soreq Center and sent to Hadassah once a week at a set time. Date: 2/15/2012


Countdown: About a Month Until Moving-In Day
"The Urology Department is privileged to be the first department to move into the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower," notes Prof. Dov Podeh, Chair of the Department. "We are meticulously preparing for the move so that it will be as perfect as possible and will create minimal disruption for our patients," he says. Date: 2/15/2012


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. Click here to read her testimonial. Date: 2/15/2012


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). Date: 2/15/2012


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. Date: 2/15/2012


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. Date: 2/15/2012


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. Date: 2/15/2012


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. Date: 2/15/2012


US Ambassador to Israel Calls Hadassah ”A Shining Example of American-Israeli Cooperation”
"We look at Hadassah as the premier medical institution in Israel and a shining example of American-Israeli cooperation," U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said while visiting the Hadassah University Medical Center at the end of January. Date: 2/15/2012


Countdown Mode at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
A recent visitor to Jerusalem said, “The Tower looks absolutely majestic, as its triangular shapes shine in the sunlight. The pillars of Jerusalem stone, which give a hint as to what the main entrance will look like, make one think of a castle rather than a hospital.” The first patients will move into the Tower on March 19, 2012. Date: 1/17/2012


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. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah Shares Expertise in Public Health with Nepal Colleagues
Dr. Yehudah Neumark, Hadassah University Medical Center Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology and Director of the International Masters in Public Health Program (IMPH) of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health, recently presented a week-long workshop in Nepal on Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC), a public health model developed at Hadassah. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah Specialists Separate Conjoined Twins: A Jerusalem First
For the first time in Jerusalem, twin fetuses that share a blood vessel were successfully separated by Hadassah University Medical Center specialists. Date: 1/15/2012


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. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah’s Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine: Filled to Capacity Seven Days a Week
The Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine at the Hadassah University Medical Center, where occupancy is typically 148 percent, treats between 150-300 people every day, around the clock. At any given time, a quarter of the patients may have already been admitted to the hospital, but are awaiting a vacant bed in the department they need to be transferred to, since those departments are at 100 percent occupancy! Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah/Jerusalem Project Inspires UN and Africans to Reduce Spread of AIDS Through Circumcisions
Inspired by the Israeli Operation Abraham circumcision project, the United Nations and United States Government are spearheading a program to circumcise 20 million African men over the next five years to help reduce the spread of AIDS. Date: 1/15/2012


U.S. Senior Law Enforcement Officials Witness Hadassah’s Trauma Facility
Senior law enforcement officials from the United States visited the Hadassah University Medical Center's Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine to learn about Hadassah's Shock Trauma Unit and emergency preparedness initiatives. Date: 1/15/2012


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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). Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/15/2011


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. Date: 12/14/2011


Hadassah’s “Crane-less” Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
With less than 12 weeks to moving-in day, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the Hadassah University Medical Center is crane- less!!! Date: 12/14/2011


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.” Date: 12/14/2011


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. Date: 11/16/2011


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. Date: 11/14/2011


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. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadasit and Oramed Pharmaceuticals Collaborate for Development of Oral Delivery System Technology
Hadasit, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s technology transfer company, has signed a contract with Oramed Pharmaceuticals to continue working together on the development of Oramed’s platform technology for the oral delivery of medicine, such as insulin. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadassah Celebrates 36th Class of International Public Health Graduates
Nineteen students from countries as diverse as Ethiopia and China were graduated this year from the International Masters in Public Health Program (IMPH) of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. Jacque Michel Honored for 10 Years as Head of Helsinki Committee
Prof. Jacque Michel, former Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus and Volunteer Chair of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Helsinki Committee for the past 10 years, was honored by Hadassah during a special seminar on Ethics in Medicine. Date: 11/14/2011


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. Date: 11/14/2011


Honors for Hadassah University Medical Center Intensive Care Pioneer
Prof. Charles Sprung, Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, has been honored by The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) with the Society's 2011 Medal, its most prestigious award. In his letter to Prof. Sprung, President Andrew Rhodes wrote: "Your leadership has changed the way intensive care medicine is viewed and has led to significant advances and improvements in the standards of care." Date: 11/14/2011


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