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A Grandma is Grateful for Hadassah and its “Winning Formula”
"We had every reason to be anxious: our five-year-old granddaughter, Racheli, had a fast-growing tumor in her right arm and it needed to come out," writes a Jerusalem grandmother. Read her letter, describing the wonderful experience Racheli had as a patient at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. Date: 12/12/2013


Goshen, Israel’s Pediatric Community Health Project, Creates Steering Committee and Launches Course for Pediatricians
The Goshen Project, which is spearheading a paradigm shift in the approach to pediatric professional training in Israel, based on the Australian model at the Royal Children's Hospital's Center for Community Child Health in Melbourne, Australia, has now formed its National Steering Committee, with Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Hadassah's Division of Pediatrics, as Chair, and Prof. Asher Ornoy, head of the Department of Child Development and Rehabilitation at the Israel Ministry of Health, as Chief Executive Officer. It has also launched its first course for pediatricians, with attendees representing the mosaic of Israeli society—Jews and Arabs, secular and Orthodox, as well as urban and rural physicians. Date: 12/12/2013


Two State-of-the-Art MRI Machines--Cutting-Edge Diagnosis and Research at Hadassah
The 3 Tesla Trio MRI and the 1.5 Tesla MRI, two sophisticated diagnostic tools, enable Hadassah Medical Organization physicians to examine the functioning of the body in real time. Date: 12/12/2013


First Deputy Mayor of Paris Visits Hadassah's Hospital
On December 4, 2013, Mme Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, visited Hadassah Ein Kerem. Date: 12/11/2013


Creating the Medicine of the Future: Hadassah’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is targeting its research to optimize the chances of fighting a wide range of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases with gene and cell therapy. Date: 12/9/2013


Abandoned Baby Receives Life-Saving Heart Surgery at Hadassah
When "Rami," just a few days old, was found in a box on a street in Bethlehem, someone brought him to the Bethlehem Creche, a nearby orphanage. Born with a serious heart problem, he was referred to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem for life-saving surgery and now is recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Date: 12/9/2013


Conquering Brain Tumors at the Molecular Level
For Regina Golan-Gerstl, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, the fight against brain cancer has been close-up and personal: her mother died of the disease. She has now identified a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the development of the most prevalent brain cancer--glioblastoma. Date: 12/9/2013


Ethnic Diversity, Sophisticated Surgery, Genetic Research: the Character of Pediatrics at Hadassah
One major challenge at Hadassah Medical Organization, Prof. Eitan Kerem explains, is the parents. "Many times they are hostile and they don't have trust," he says. To deal with this situation, the hospital staff provides many activities "to help the parents see each other as human beings, despite their different backgrounds and opinions about how the Middle East conflict should be solved." Date: 12/9/2013


Hadassah Hospital Counteracts Violence Against Women with Awareness Campaign in Maternity Ward
Commemorating the United Nations’ International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, nurses and social workers at the Hadassah Medical Organization initiated a project in the maternity ward to encourage women to speak up and put an end to abusive relationships. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah School Launches Code of Ethics
The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah Medical Organization, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of all ages. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah UK Trustee and Founder of Dental Wellness Trust Spearheads Oral Health Initiative in South Africa
Thanks to the Dental Wellness Trust, founded by Hadassah United Kingdom Trustee Dr. Linda Greenwall, an innovative, supervised tooth brushing program has been taking place in Khayelitsha, South Africa since last April, involving 600 school children. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah’s Prof. Orly Elpeleg Receives KKL-JNF 2013 Outstanding Medical Scientist Award
Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases at the Hadassah Medical Center, has been awarded the KKL-JNF’s 2013 Samuel and Paula Elkeles Outstanding Scientist in Medicine Prize. Date: 12/2/2013


Update: 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. Date: 12/2/2013


From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan
This year, the unique convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving has special meaning for the three people who have made nearly miraculous recoveries following a devastating stroke, a heart attack and a hit-and-run accident. I say 'nearly miraculous,' because all of them really owe their lives to Hadassah's superb medical teams. Date: 11/27/2013


Israeli Nurse Speaks from the Heart Direct from the Philippines
Read a note from Reuven Gelfond, on the scene in the Phillippines helping with the destruction from the typhoon. Date: 11/21/2013


Hadassah Nurse In Charge of IDF Operating Theater in Philippines
Head Hadassah Nurse Reuven Gelfond, who was on the scene after Haiti's destruction years ago, is now in the Phillipines responding to the disaster with an IDF medical team. Date: 11/20/2013


Memorable Milestones from the Chair of Pediatrics at Hadassah
Attending the Bar Mitzvah of a boy whose mother's life he helped to save while she was pregnant with him, and being at the wedding of a woman he has treated since she was an infant are two of Prof. Eitan Kerem's most recent emotion-packed experiences as the Chair of the Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah Medical Center. Date: 11/14/2013


Appreciative Parent and Patient Give Back
When 12-year-old Dennis immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine, he was already sick and in need of a bone marrow transplant Date: 11/14/2013


Where the Ice Breaks: Gazan Guide, Israeli Soldier Meet at Hadassah's Hospital
Stories of building bridges to peace at Hadassah Medical Organization Date: 11/14/2013


Jules Bordet Institute of Brussels and Hadassah Medical Organization Ratify Agreement to Cooperate
In the presence of Belgium Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, the Jules Bordet institute of Brussels and Hadassah Medical Organization today ratified an agreement of collaboration in healthcare, medical education, clinical research and hospital management. Date: 11/12/2013


It's a Small World After All
Al Jazeera photographer Tanya Habjouqa, from Texas, went to Hadassah Medical Organization recently to shoot for a special program on medicine for the media outlet & ran into a few Hadassah women. Date: 11/5/2013


Dr. Yoram Maaravi, Change Agent in Caring for the Elderly
"It's the best thing to do in medicine; it's fulfilling, fascinating, challenging, and rewarding," says Dr. Yoram Maaravi, the Hadassah Medical Organization's Director of Geriatric Rehabilitation, in describing his career as a geriatrician at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus. Date: 10/30/2013


Hadassah Medical Organization’s Global Reach—One Patient at a Time
"The time I spend in the corridors of healing at the Hadassah Medical Center never fail to inspire me," relates Hadassah's National President Marcie Natan. Date: 10/30/2013


Hadassah’s Trauma Unit: Teaching the World about Saving Victims of Mass Casualty Events
For the past 20 years, every student in Hadassah's medical school has participated in a two-week trauma course after finishing his sixth year; as a result, there are almost 3,000 Hadassah graduates practicing medicine around the world who have been trained to treat blast trauma victims and handle triage during a mass casualty event. Date: 10/30/2013


Caroline and Joseph Gruss Surgical Wing Dedicated at Hadassah Medical Organization
Her father loved technical innovation. Her mother was more devoted to traditional ways of doing things. In turn, naming the new Caroline and Joseph Gruss Surgical Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, with its high tech operating theaters and welcoming family rooms was a perfect fit, said Dr. Evelyn Gruss Lipper, speaking for the Gruss family. Date: 10/24/2013


Texas First Lady Anita Perry Tours Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem
During her visit to Israel as part of the Texas Economic Development Mission, First Lady Anita Perry toured the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Date: 10/21/2013


Hadassah’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: a Growing Reputation for Success
Thanks to a wide range of sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring equipment, innovative treatment options, and a dedicated multidisciplinary team with an impressive success rate, the Hadassah Medical Organization's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center continues to draw increasing numbers of patients from throughout Israel and abroad. Date: 10/18/2013


Saved from Fatal Meningitis, American Attorney Praises Uniqueness of Hadassah
"I am alive today because the doctors at Hadassah are not constrained by the traditional paradigm of medical practice or typical treatment modalities,"says Michael Weiss, who was recently a very ill patient at the Hadassah Medical Organization. Read about his experience and his admiration for Hadassah's physicians. Date: 10/18/2013


Hadassah Takes Holistic Approach to Infertility at Mind-Body Center
To help women who are grappling with infertility in a more holistic way, the Hadassah Medical Organization opened a Mind-Body Fertility Center, which offers cognitive therapy and stress reduction classes, as well as yoga. Date: 10/4/2013


Hadassah’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Measuring up to the Highest Standards
To ensure that the Hadassah Medical Organization's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is achieving the highest international standards of safety, the PICU staff has designed systems to prevent children from picking up infections while hospitalized; to enhance the safety of mechanical ventilation; and to guarantee that medications are given in both safe and effective doses. Date: 10/4/2013


Helping Cancer Patients Today & Thinking about Treatments for Tomorrow
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Sharett Institute of Oncology provides comprehensive, compassionate care to patients of today, while it has its eye on helping the cancer patients of tomorrow, not only in Israel, but all over the globe. That's why research is a major focus of the Institute. Date: 10/4/2013


National President Marcie Natan Visits Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Last week, National President Marcie Natan visited former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef and his family at Hadassah's hospital in Ein Kerem. Date: 10/1/2013


Electrocuted Romanian Medical Student, Airlifted to Hadassah, Making Progress
A Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a speech valve. Date: 9/23/2013


In Response to Increasing Cases, Hadassah AIDS Center Gets Proactive
The Hadassah AIDS Center will offer an in-service seminar on AIDS awareness and prevention for family physicians in the Palestinian population because of the recent increase of AIDS cases among residents of East Jerusalem. Date: 9/23/2013


Congressman’s Unexpected Stay at Hadassah Has Happy Ending
While Congressman Doug LaMalfa of California was visiting Israel with his wife, Jill, on an American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) mission, he suffered a kidney stone attack and found himself a patient at Hadassah Medical Organization. Date: 9/12/2013


International Cardiac Fellows: Ambassadors for Hadassah
The Heart Institute at the Hadassah Medical Center is currently training two cardiac fellows from Turkey and one from Bosnia. Date: 9/12/2013


New Surgical Center Coming Soon to Hadassah’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Eagerly anticipated is the soon-to-be-completed Surgical Center on Lower Level Four of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Date: 9/12/2013


Remembering Hadassah’s Healing Heroes 40 Years After the Yom Kippur War
Read the stories of two extraordinary doctors at Hadassah who have medals of honor for distinguished military service. Date: 9/12/2013


Abandoned Baby Found in Jerusalem Cared for at Hadassah's Medical Adoption Unit
Last week, the story of an abandoned baby found in Jerusalem's Old City dominated the news. The baby was brought to Hadassah's hospital on Mount Scopus, where the Medical Adoption Unit treated her and are now finding the baby a home. Date: 9/11/2013


Hadassah Medical Translator/East Jerusalem Emergency Medical Services Chief Receives Peace Prize
Murad Alyan, an Arab medical translator and Chief of the East Jerusalem Bureau of United Hatzalah, an all-volunteer emergency medical service, received the 2013 Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education (IIE), along with United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer. Date: 9/9/2013


Hadassah’s Internal Medicine Department: A Holistic Approach to Patient Care with Research a Premier Priority
A multidisciplinary, holistic approach to patient care, combined with a large number of physician/scientists who take care of patients and conduct their own research are hallmarks of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Internal Medicine department. Date: 9/9/2013


Taking Care of Thousands and Building the Future: Hadassah Statistics 2013
During the past year, nearly a million patients of all ages turned to Hadassah's two campuses of healing, at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. Date: 9/9/2013


From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan
Rosh Hashanah is practically upon us bringing with it reflections on the year that has transpired and anticipation of the year to come. In a way, for me, the New Year also began on June 1st when I became Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. Approaching this new role involved a great deal of thought. Among the first things I undertook was a thorough analysis of HMO's structure. Date: 9/4/2013


Hadassah’s Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging: a Pioneer in its Field
Breaking new ground for MRI imaging in diagnosing cancerous lesions and observing the body in real time as it metabolizes various molecules, Hadassah's Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging is an innovator in its domain. Using a technique called hyperpolarization, the Center is able to increase the sensitivity of an MRI scan 10,000 fold. Date: 8/20/2013


Hadassah’s Cardiovascular Wellness Institute: Achieving Healthier Hearts, Community by Community
The Hadassah Medical Center's Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Institute for Women, created with a 10 million-dollar grant from Psychotherapist Irene Pollin in memory of her daughter, Linda Joy, has already impacted the lives of hundreds of Arab and Israeli families. Date: 8/14/2013


Israel's First Biodesign Program Produces Four Startups After One Year
Students in Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical Center program develop "science fiction gadgets"; Bio-Design Entrepreneurship Program is Israel's first medical innovation accelerator Date: 8/13/2013


Rehab Medicine at Hadassah: High Expectations and Life Restoring Results
“My dream is that every disabled patient in Israel will believe that Hadassah is the best place for them,” says Dr. Isabella Schwartz, head of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus. Date: 8/12/2013


HMO's Heart Institute: Its Renowned Director, Cutting-Edge Treatments, Innovative Research, and Preventive Health Outreach
With Interventional Cardiologist Prof. Chaim Lotan at its helm, the Hadassah Medical Center's Heart Institute is pioneering new techniques for saving heart attack victims and replacing valves, investigating risk factors for heart disease among Arab and Jewish women, and taking center stage in promoting healthy lifestyles for a healthy heart. Date: 8/6/2013


From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan, PhD
It has been two months since I began serving as Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization; two months of concentrated effort, two months of difficult decisions and two months of continuing to learn more about the Medical Center. Date: 7/31/2013


Fellowship for Young Physicians Aims to Secure Hadassah’s Future as Major Research Institution
Launched in 2011, Hadassah Medical Organization's Marom Medical Fellowship program for young physicians aims to position those with research aspirations to get the training they need to pursue a clinical research career and thereby ensure the strong future for research at Hadassah. Date: 7/24/2013


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