I share with you this message from Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President.I ask you to take what she says to heart, and I beg you to keep supporting our amazingorganization. Keep in mind that HMO is “our baby” and we cannot abandon it in times of trouble. Hadassah needs our support now more than ever, so that our hospital can make a HUGE improvement in Israel and be seen, as always, as a world-renowned beacon of healing, teaching, research and peace.
It goes without saying that these are difficult days. The announcement on Feb. 7 that Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) would have to enter into Section 350 (the Israeli law that is similar to our Chapter 11) was hard news to hear.
But in the face of this challenge, our members, supporters and friends in the U.S., Israel and around the world are responding magnificently. We have received thousands of messages of support through our online petition. Our colleagues in Israel tell stories of people stopping them on the street to give them a “thumbs up” and tell them how grateful they are for HWZOA and that they stand by HMO. Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke movingly before the Knesset about how the people of Israel who have always been healed at Hadassah, must now step up to help Hadassah heal.
To be sure, the coming weeks and months will present further challenges. HMO’s leadership and the court-appointed Trustees are taking part in intensive talks with the management, led by Dir. Gen. Avigdor Kaplan, the unions, the Government and HMO’s creditors, suppliers and other stakeholders. Ultimately, everyone is going to have to sacrifice. HWZOA has made it clear that we are prepared to support HMO as it returns to long-term strength and stability.
What we ask of you is to help our members and supporters understand what is happening in Jerusalem, so that they will not be confused by the intense mediacoverage, by rumors or by speculation. Our community deserves the facts.