Carole Greenfield, Pres. Northern New England Region Ellen Zarrow--Nissenbaum, Pres. Boston Chapter Janet Deixler, President, President Upper Mid-Atlantic Region meet patients at Hadassah Hospital.
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On Saturday night, thirty-one Region and Big Chapter presidents, representing Hadassah's 330,000 members, toured the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower as part of a pre-Centennial Leadership Seminar and Tour to launch Hadassah's second century.
Carole Greenfield, president of the Northern New England Region, and Janet Young, president of Brooklyn Region, are both in Israel for the first time.
"It's unreal to be here. Israel is unbelievable!" said Greenfield. "In 36 hours, I was standing next to 2000-year-old scrolls at the Shrine of the Book, saw my first Shabbat elevator, am practicing third-grade Hebrew, and now I am at Hadassah Hospital in the Tower we've worked so hard to create!"
Said Young: "I'm having a ball! It's surreal! I can't believe I am here."
Northern New Jersey president Loren Roth is on her sixth trip to Israel and has watched the 19-story state-of-the-art medical facility being built.
"It's a different feeling coming now and I'm really excited to see the tower," she said.
Rhoda Smolow, co-chair of presidential training, from Great Neck, New York, recalled being at the hospital four years earlier when she donned a hard hat and was taken to see the foundation. "The reality is amazing!" she said.
Jacquie Bayley, president of Pacific Northwest Region,, in Israel for the 16th time, said she had watched the tower grow from a hole in the ground.
"It's amazing! Our family made a considerable donation to the Tower – one of the glass elevators has our plaque."
Past national president Marlene Post said, "We are so looking forward to gearing up to Hadassah's second century and are already planning things to bring in more younger women as well as leadership training. I still have that sense of thrill at what Hadassah has achieved. I see enormous possibilities for even better care because the atmosphere is conducive to wellness; the one and two patients to a room will improve the quality of care."
Post, who was a nurse and had made many visits to the Tower while it was being built, was on her fourth tour since the opening in March.
Hadassah External Affairs director Ron Krumer explained that the building started with a dream, a need, "because we were doing cutting edge medicine in a dinosaur facility. I still get very excited every time I go into one of the departments.Rita Shapiro, president of the Great Plains Region, Region, who had not been to Israel since 2004, found the whole experience "overwhelming. Everything is modern, new, sparkling. I am fighting back tears; it's very emotional."
On the seventh floor, the presidents viewed the four healing gardens – each one serving three floors – so that patients and visitors can enjoy views of the Judean Hills and the garden, and spend time in a natural environment without leaving the hospital.
They also inspected the single rooms and two-bed wards in which each patient has his or her own window and private area.
Dr. Yoni Cohen, an ear, nose and throat resident, commented that the new tower provided "more advanced facilities, and the esthetics are an important factor which will make the families and the patients calmer."
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