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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Visits Hadassah Medical Center

Emily North


(Jerusalem -- May 01, 2005) -- “Hadassah is tremendous, an outstanding facility with leaders in the maternal and fetal health arena; a facility readily adaptable to predictable and non-predictable events, designed and prepared with great thought for the future,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), a renowned cardiac surgeon and transplant specialist, after an intensive tour of the Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem.

“As a trauma surgeon, I think Hadassah has one of the outstanding trauma centers in the world. The outcome here is as good or better than at comparable centers, due to outstanding surgeons, outstanding nurses and outstanding care,” said the Senate Majority Leader.

On a three-day fact-finding mission to Israel to study the progress of the peace process, the Senator discussed how Hadassah handles its volume of trauma patients with Prof. Avi Rivkind, Chief of Surgery and Head of Hadassah’s Trauma Unit. Sen. Frist and Prof. Ahmed Eid, Hadassah Chief of Organ Transplantation, decried the decline in organ donors and the problem it creates for transplant specialists.

Prof. Shmuel Shapira, Deputy Director of the Hadassah Medical Center, briefed Sen. Frist on emergency preparedness for conventional and non-conventional mass casualty events and Dr. Yair Birnbaum, Associate Director General of the Medical Center and Director of Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital, provided detailed information on how the medical center treated nearly half the victims of terror during the recent four years of unrest, while simultaneously conducting more than half the hospital research in Israel. Sen. Frist also heard from Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, Director of Hadassah’s Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center, about their groundbreaking research, which he found “pioneering and very promising,”

During his tour of the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center, Sen. Frist witnessed many examples of peace in progress, as both staff and patients reflect Hadassah's 93-year commitment to equal opportunity and access for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnic origin – a commitment that recently earned Hadassah a nomination for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.



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