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Ron Krumer

A Tourist killed and a Tour Guide Stabbed near Hadassah Ein-Kerem

Yesterday afternoon, passers by the little Moshav Mata not far away from Hadassah Ein-Kerem, saw a wounded woman with her hands tied behind her back. She told them that she was a tour guide, and while touring the area with an American Tourists, they were attacked by Arabs. The tourist was kidnapped and she was able to run away after they stabbed her.

Kay Wilson, 46, a tour guide who was born in the UK and made Aliyah many years ago, was taken to the trauma unit at Hadassah and later moved to the department of cardio-thoracic surgery, where she is now. Her stabbing wounds are not deep, she didn't suffer internal bleeding and has been fully conscious all the time.

This morning, the body of the American tourist was found, and the police is still investigating the incident.
Although Kay was only lightly wounded she is very exhausted to say the least. Obviously, this created enormous interest in the media (local as well as international), and reporters and photographers have been waiting all day long with the hope of getting an interview with her. So far she refused.

Small Changes

While the construction of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower continues in full scale – Other areas in the hospital are not neglected.
Pictures 2; 5; and 21 show the old and ugly roof-rack at the enter to the CEM being replaced by a new more esthetic one.
As for the Tower – the dome above the rotunda at the end of the atrium is almost completed, and it is being protected now, while work continues 14 floors above.

Hadassah Establishes Integrated Institute for Liver and Digestive Tract Diseases

In a move to unify its services for people suffering from liver and digestive tract diseases, the Hadassah University Medical Center has established an integrated institute to be headed by Prof. Ran Oren as of March 1, 2011.

To enhance the Institute’s effectiveness and capabilities, Hadassah’s management set aside a special budget to recruit outstanding personnel, purchase advanced equipment, further research and support teaching in these specialized disciplines.

Prof. Oren is currently Director of the Division of Internal Medicine at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Dr. Yael Kopelman, currently Deputy Director of the Department of Gastroenterology at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, will serve as the Institute’s Director of the Invasive Endoscopy Unit. Hadassah is currently negotiating with a number of physicians who will soon join the Institute staff

Prof. Oren is an internationally renowned specialist in gastroenterology and liver diseases. A graduate of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, he completed a specialty in Internal Medicine at Hadassah and a specialty in gastroenterology at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center where he established and directed the Liver Unit. In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Director of their Gastroenterology Institute and in 2008, appointed Director of their Division of Internal Medicine. For the past three years he has also served as Chair of the Israel Society for Liver Diseases.

Dr. Kopelman has acquired an international reputation for her vast experience and expertise in digestive tract, gallbladder and pancreatic procedures. She is returning to Hadassah where she previously served as an expert for Gastroenterology Ultrasound.

In anticipation of his new position Prof. Oren noted: “My challenge is to quickly form a dynamic and professional team to staff this visionary new Institute where we will utilize the 21st century’s technological advances and pursue research for people who approach us with their liver and digestive tract problems.”

Hadassah Establishes Jerusalem’s First Psycho-dermatology Clinic

The well-known and scientifically corroborated mind-body connection led Hadassah to establish the first psycho-dermatology clinic in the greater Jerusalem region for people suffering from a broad spectrum of dermatological conditions and diseases. Now, in the new clinic headed by Dr. Vera Leibovici, a dermatologist and a psychologist will address peoples’ physical and emotional conditions during the same appointment.  

Research has revealed that when people with skin conditions experience stress, their brains activate the glands that release skin hormones and inflammatory cytokines and cause the nerves beneath the skin to react. These stress-related reactions severely aggravate existing skin conditions.

In a vicious circle, chronic skin conditions often lead to emotional distress, especially if the disease causes visible skin distortion or scars. Emotional upheaval in turn, can cause genetic skin diseases to surface or exacerbate existing skin conditions. About 30 percent of skin conditions are stress related or appear as a reaction to an emotional problem. Patients in these circumstances often experience difficulty in their professional and personal relationships.

Hadassah’s holistic approach will benefit people with skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Atopic dermatitis, Vitiligo, Lichen planus and recurring Herpes as well as those with an underlying psychiatric cause, such as Factitious dermatitis, Delusional parasitosis, Body dysmorphic disorder or trichotillomania.

Date: 12/21/2010 12:00:00 AM

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