(New York, NY -- March 11, 2005) -- The largest donor mission in the history of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, travels to Israel, March 21-27, to dedicate the Center for Emergency Medicine at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. Nearly 700 donors from across the U.S., who were among those who donated $50 million to build the state-of-the-art emergency center, will spend a week touring Israel, being briefed by Israeli officials, and attending tours and programs at the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.
It will be a particularly joyous mission in the wake of the recent announcement that the Hadassah Medical Organization has been nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for its unfailing practice of treating all residents of the region with equal medical care and compassion and without regard to religion or ethnic background.
According to June Walker, National President of Hadassah, “This Center for Emergency Medicine is our great gift to the people of Israel, who have lived through such dark times during the intifada. We are blessed to have the type of donors who truly care about Israelis. This was their way of helping during a very difficult time in Israel’s history. They will be so moved when they see the legacy they have created.”
The new Center for Emergency Medicine, which opened to the Israeli public in December, is more than three times the size of the old emergency room and trauma center in order to meet the dramatically increased need for its services. The new addition allows for the treatment of 100,000 to 120,000 traumatically injured patients annually, an increase of 41 percent above previous use. The new center includes an expanded trauma and resuscitation unit, an acute and critical care facility, adult and pediatric emergency units, and an observation unit. The center is able to double its capacity in the event of mass casualties, has special safeguards against biological and chemical attacks, and employs advanced technology for diagnosis and information retrieval. By 2006, the center will be further enlarged so that the old Ein Kerem Emergency Room will become a walk-in and ambulatory first aid clinic.
The leaders of the mission are Judy and Sidney Swartz of Marblehead, MA and Delray Beach, FL.