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Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz Visits Hadassah Ein-Kerem


During her tour of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) donned protective covering to visit one-year-old Alma Jaradat from Jenin, who was hospitalized in an isolation unit before undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

During her tour of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was introduced to Alud Katush, a Head Nurse from a Palestinian hospital in Beit Jalla, who is receiving advanced training in pediatric hemato-oncology at Hadassah.

While in Israel accompanying President Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) paid an early morning visit to the Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem, where she visited with sick patients and met with members of the staff. Accompanied by Dr. Mickey Weintraub, Head of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of Hadassah Offices in Israel, the Florida congresswoman visited one-year-old Alma Jaradat from Jenin, who was hospitalized in an isolation unit before undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

In the nearby hall, she exchanged a few playful words with four-year-old Ahmad from Bethlehem, who is suffering from leukemia, while sharing more comforting remarks with his mother, Nurad. Further on, Rep. Wasserman Schultz was introduced to Alud Katush, a Head Nurse from a Palestinian hospital in Beit Jalla, who is receiving advanced training in pediatric hemato-oncology at Hadassah.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz then made time for a tour of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, the newest building on Hadassah's Ein Kerem campus. In the lobby adjacent to the David and Fela Shapell Family Gateway to Health, she paused before the memorial to the Shoah, a gift of Rochelle, Benjamin and Irwin Shapell that honors the memory of their grandparents who perished in the Holocaust. In the Department of Urology, Head Nurse Saad Gera pointed out the features that ensure the finest in patient care and comfort and introduced Dr. Anna Ilya, originally of Sweden, the first female urology resident in Israel.

Nearing the end of the whirlwind visit, the Florida congresswoman who also chairs the Democratic National Committee met with Dr. Yuval Weiss, Acting Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization, and promised to return for another and longer visit.

A Hadassah life member, Rep. Wasserman Schultz is frequently asked to share her experiences throughout Florida and often much farther afield. In Washington, she proudly introduced a Congressional resolution in honor of Hadassah's 100th Anniversary and its century of accomplishments.

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Date: 3/21/2013


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