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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.

A week before moving- in day, the Entrance Floor, which will become the main entrance to the Ein Kerem campus and where essential pre-op patient services will be located, will open.

Departments on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors will be the first to open, one at a time, with approximately two weeks between each opening. The Department of Urology on the fifth floor will open initially, followed by the Orthopedic Center on the same floor. Throughout April and early May, the departments in the Surgical Institute on the sixth and seventh floors will open, completing the first stage of the move.

The mirrors, cupboards and booms for the individual patient televisions have already been installed. The televisions are really much more than televisions. They function as interactive computers. Through them, patients will be able to access the internet and receive explanations of medical procedures. The computers "speak" in four languages – Hebrew, English, Arabic and Russian. They come with individual disposable earphones so other patients are not disturbed.

In February, after the beds are moved into the departments, there will be a "dry run" in the Department of Urology. Volunteers will spend the night there as "patients," with members of the actual medical, nursing and cleaning staff present to attend to their needs. Each of the "patients" will be given a list of instructions. Some have to take a shower; some have to ring for a nurse using the emergency button, try out the television or throw away garbage. Many of the units that serve the medical staff, such as nurses' stations and on‐call rooms, will be used during the dry run. This way the functioning of the entire infrastructure can be tested: air conditioning, plumbing, disposal system, telephones, televisions, internet and much more.

Dr. Ehud Kokia, Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization, recently said, "As I look at the progress of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and think about the future, I know that it will be the finest inpatient medical facility in Israel. Standing tall in the Hadassah skyline, it is a symbol of the unique and special relationship between Hadassah's friends and supporters around the world and the Hadassah Medical Organization. The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is just the latest example – and most meaningful expression – of our very special partnership."

Date: 1/17/2012

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