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National President Marcie Natan and Husband Eli Dedicate Breast Feeding Room

National President Marcie Natan and husband Eli in the hospital.
Director Ehud Kokia with Marcie Natan at the cutting of the ribbon.
Marcie Natan and husband Eli Natan cut the ribbon dedicating their name as Dr. Ehud Kokia stands to the right.

Hadassah national president Marcie Natan and her husband, Hadassah Associate Eli Natan of New York City, opened the second morning of the Society of Major Donors pre-mission of the Hadassah centennial celebrations by cutting the ribbon on Hadassah's first public Breast Feeding Room.

The Natans donated the building and furnishing of the room, located at the entrance of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, equipped with comfortable chairs, tables, air conditioning and a curtain for privacy, to meet the needs of nursing mothers.

"There is a shortage of breastfeeding rooms everywhere," Natan said, during a private tour there with Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) director-general Ehud Kokia and HMO chair Joyce Rabin.

"Despite the fact that it is a hospital, it is such a happy, positive room and speaks eloquently to the future, where breastfeeding mothers can sit comfortably and feel safe and secure."

"This is a much-needed and really important room," Kokia said. "It will be open to the public twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With the help of the Natans, it was designed to be as comfortable and accessible as possible." Kokia also thanked the Natans for their decades of dedicated service to Hadassah.

"Over the years of outstanding commitment, you have helped us to create a better facility and give better service," he said. Marcie Natan grew up in Long Beach, New York and before moving to New York, lived in Baltimore and Silver Springs, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she became very active. Her first role as a Hadassah member at that time was in presiding over a membership tea.

Her colleagues recognized in her a natural gift in attracting members and donors. She quickly went on to become chapter co-president, region vice president and president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region, before joining the national board. A former national vice president, she has also served as national treasurer, national secretary, national president's Training chair and chair of Planned Giving & Estates, Major Gifts, Unit Assessment and Hadassah College.

A plaque honoring Marcie and Eli Natan for their generous contribution is prominently displayed next door to the Breast Feeding Room in the Patient Admissions office. After cutting the ribbon, Marcie Natan said that she hoped the room would set an example for other institutions to respect the needs of women.

"I am so delighted to know that women now have a private place to go when they want to breastfeed," she said. "Hadassah always tries to be at the cutting edge."

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