On the second day of the Society of Major Donors pre-mission before the official Hadassah Centennial celebrations, the Stoll family of Patchogue, New York toured the new helicopter landing pad – helipad – that the family had donated.
The family was accompanied by Hadassah Medical Organization director-general Ehud Kokia and immediate past director-general Shlomo Mor-Yosef.
Previously, Hadassah’s helipad was around the corner from the trauma unit and ambulances had to travel through traffic to reach it.
Prof. Kokia explained that in emergency cases, the extra time – up to 10–15 minutes – that can now be saved in reaching the trauma unit from the helipad “can be critical, especially when we don’t have equipment on the helicopters and the team has to run with the injured.
“The Stoll family gift is so meaningful to Hadassah and Israel,” Kokia said. “The legacy of this family and their gift will influence generations.”
The Stoll family also cut the ribbon on the new elevator leading between the helipad and the trauma unit.
Mor-Yosef recalled how when he had visited with the late Harry Stoll, for whom the pad was named, it was during a period of many terror attacks.
“He wanted to contribute something that would help,” he said. “We thought the best way was to name a chair in the trauma unit. This is the only place in the hospital where we are waiting for patients and patients are not waiting for us. The minute an ambulance comes, everything is ready, because every second is precious.
“Now, with the helipad on the roof with an elevator,” he said, “it takes only two minutes from helicopter to the emergency room.”
Helen Stoll donated “Harry’s Helipad” in honor of her husband who died in 2005. Surrounded by her son Sandy Stoll and his wife Gail, and her daughter Linda Pearlman during the emotional ceremony, Helen remembered how she had been involved with Hadassah since the 1950s and said that her husband “would have been very proud.”