“Hadassah and its amazing staff have given me a new chance to live a full and productive life and to enjoy my grandchildren for many years to come,” says a most gracious patient Richard Wunsh.
South African by birth and now an Israeli citizen battling cancer, he expresses his appreciation to the staff and volunteers of the Hadassah Medical Center:
“I immigrated to Israel from South Africa in 1968 and I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am that Hadassah Hospital services the area that I live in. Hadassah, its various volunteers and its staff, have been incredible. Even during the recent strike I received the most amazing treatment and care.
From the very first, the doctors and nurses at Hadassah went out of their way to make sure that I received the best medical treatment possible. After consulting doctors directly or through members of my family in Australia, England, and South Africa, I was told that I was being treated at one of the best hospitals in the world and that I had nothing to worry about.
The staff, especially in the radiotherapy section of the oncology department, were amazing. They really care about every patient. During the “strike” that was called in early February--which coincided with the middle of my radiation treatment-- the doctors, nurses, porters, technicians, and even the cleaning personnel were there to make sure treatment for all the patients was on time in a clean, modern environment.
I used to leave my house in the early mornings for Hadassah, while hearing on the news in the car that the hospital was working with limited staff and dealing only with emergencies. I wondered whether the care in the oncology department would start to be affected or not, but it never was. The staff members, although morally and financially affected by what was going on, were always there with a smile on their faces--talking, joking and, of course, helping, answering questions, and dealing with problems that we (the patients) had. I take my hat off to the staff. Kol Hakavod (All the Respect--Kudos!).