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100 Years. 100 Highlights.

  1. Since 1912, in pre-State Israel, and continuing after the establishment of the State of Israel, Hadassah has set the standard and created much of the infrastructure for Israel's national health care.
  2. Hadassah Hospital welcomes every individual who requires medical attention without regard for race, religion, gender, ethnicity or political persuasion -- and has done so since its inception. Committed to excellence in health care, medical research and medical education, it treats more than 1 million patients annually.
  3. Hadassah is the largest employer in Jerusalem excluding the government: 850 physicians, 1,940 nurses, 1,020 paramedical and support staff, two campuses with more than 1,000 beds, 31 operation theaters, 9 intensive care units and over 120 outpatient clinics.
  4. Conducting more than half the hospital research in Israel, Hadassah physicians have pioneered innovative and unique medical treatments, introducing them to Israel and many areas of the world. Their clinical and research achievements have gained fame throughout the world, garnering Hadassah an international reputation for excellence.
  5. Hadasit, Hadassah's Technology Transfer Company, promotes and commercializes the intellectual property and R&D capabilities continuously generated by Hadassah physicians and scientists. Hadasit's successful enterprising of Hadassah's biomedical technology – including novel therapeutics, diagnostics and devices – has gained Hadassah global recognition.
  6. Hadassah, nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for its ongoing initiatives to use medicine as a Bridge to Peace, conducts a wide variety of training programs for medical personnel and students from the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Jordan as well as 90 countries throughout the world.
  7. Since 1960, Hadassah has trained over 800 students culminating in a Master of Public Health Degree; has helped more than one million Africans retain their eyesight, while training local doctors to continue fighting eye disease; brought critical care expertise to earthquake-torn Armenia, Turkey, and Greece and to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka; and has assisted in the recovery effort at the bombed U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania.
  8. With the launching of the surgical robot "da Vinci," the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem joined the elite group of the world's leading medical centers that use this advanced technology. Operations which in other hospitals are performed using the conventional open incisions to reach internal organs are carried out at Hadassah using tiny "keyholes" no longer than a few millimeters long. Israel was among the first responders to the post earthquake crisis in Haiti, sending IDF rescue troops and medical personnel from Hadassah and other hospitals. Doctors and an OR nurse from Hadassah Medical Organization were among the personnel who set up a tent hospital including surgical and medical departments, two operating rooms, an intensive care unit, an emergency room and a maternity ward. Dr. Shir Dar, an OBGYN from Hadassah Ein Kerem, delivered the first baby born at the Israeli field hospital. The grateful mother named her son Israel. When the hospital ran out of bone screws needed to treat fractured limbs, the resourceful Nurse Gelfond from Hadassah Mount Scopus, located a nearby factory and guided them to create the screws from simple nails.
  9. In January 2010, Israel was among the first responders to the post earthquake crisis in Haiti, sending IDF rescue troops and medical personnel from Hadassah and other hospitals. Doctors and an OR nurse from Hadassah Medical Organization were among the personnel who set up a tent hospital including surgical and medical departments, two operating rooms, an intensive care unit, an emergency room and a maternity ward. Dr. Shir Dar, an OBGYN from Hadassah Ein Kerem, delivered the first baby born at the Israeli field hospital. The grateful mother named her son Israel. When the hospital ran out of bone screws needed to treat fractured limbs, the resourceful Nurse Gelfond from Hadassah Mount Scopus, located a nearby factory and guided them to create the screws from simple nails.
  10. The Hadassah Medical Organization and the Jerusalem AIDS Project teamed up to implement "Operation AB" – a medical and public health response to support greater male circumcision services for HIV prevention in a number of interested African countries. Hadassah provides HIV/AIDs care for children in Ethiopia and Kazakhastan.
  11. Physicians at Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem reported positive results of a new oral treatment for people suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF), the first time an oral treatment has been administered in clinical trials to correct the genetic malfunction that causes the body to stop producing an essential protein, called CFTR, resulting in CF. Developed by PTC Therapeutics of South Plainfield, NJ, the experimental treatment, administered as nose drops for two weeks, caused the protein to return to its proper function and significantly improved lung function and overall patient well-being. Hadassah, along with five American medical centers, was the only non-American participant in PTC Therapeutics' clinical trials.
  12. Hadassah won the Genetics Policy Institute's 2006 annual National Advocacy Award for its continued work in advocating for favorable stem-cell legislation and funding at both the federal and state level. In the spring of 2005, Hadassah launched SOS: State of Stem Cells, an initiative designed to educate elected officials about the importance of embryonic stem cell research and advocate for legislation that advances this research at the federal and/or state level. In a period of six weeks, Hadassah delegations visited all 50 state capitals to address the issues with their legislators.
  13. In 2005, a Hadassah University Medical Center research team developed a vaccine that significantly strengthens the body's immune system against the autoimmune pathological conditions resulting from HIV infection, a breakthrough that could have a dramatic and positive impact on the treatment of AIDS patients.
  14. In 2004, Prof. Shimon Slavin, head of the Sidney Weisner Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy, announced an innovative treatment for cancer patients who have previously undergone chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiotherapy. The treatment, then about to be patented, is based on the use of lymphocytes taken from any donor, whether or not the patient's and donor's tissues match. Through laboratory treatment, these cells are turned into "cancer killers." After transfusion, the cells seek out and destroy any of the patient's remaining cancer cells that survived previous anti-cancer therapies. This treatment is carried out in the day care center of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Department at Hadassah, on an outpatient basis.
  15. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1964: First double bypass surgery in Israel
  16. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1977: First successful bone marrow transplant in Israel
  17. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1983: First "Test Tube" baby in Israel
  18. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1986: First successful heart transplant in Israel
  19. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1991: First successful liver transplant in Israel
  20. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1991: First trauma unit in Israel
  21. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    1992: First successful lung transplant in Israel
  22. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    2004: First computer-guided hip replacement in the world
  23. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    2007: First successful freezing of ovaries before chemotherapy treatment
  24. Hadassah Medical 'Firsts':
    2008: First successful pregnancy using ova genetically tested prior to implantation
  25. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1949: Hebrew University School of Medicine and the hospital at Hadassah Mt. Scopus open.
  26. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1953: School of Dentistry opens.
  27. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1961: Inauguration of the medical center at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
  28. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1970: Hadassah introduces first computerized patient and testing management system in Israel.
  29. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1975: Hadassah inaugurates Israel's first four year nursing degree program.
  30. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1976: Hadassah Mt. Scopus renovated and opens the Progressive Rehabilitation Center.
  31. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1976: Hadassah Ein Kerem opens the Oncology Institute.
  32. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1986: Hadassah Mt. Scopus opens the Ina and Jack Kay Hospice.
  33. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1986: Hadassah Mt. Scopus opens the first ambulatory surgery center in Israel.
  34. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1987: Hadassah Mt. Scopus opens emergency unit for premature babies.
  35. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1992: Hadassah Ein Kerem opens the first Trauma Treatment Center in Israel, to date unique to the Jerusalem area.
  36. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    1998: Hadassah Ein Kerem inaugurates the "Mother and Child Center"; a progressive center dedicated to issues relating to mothers and children.
  37. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2001: Hadassah opens an accredited nursing school
  38. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2004: Hadassah Ein Kerem inaugurates the Judy and Sydney Swartz Emergency Medical Center
  39. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2007: Hadassah Mt. Scopus inaugurates the Elie Douer and Family Center for Pediatric Genetic and Chronic Diseases
  40. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2007: Hadassah Ein Kerem breaks ground for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
  41. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2011: Marlene Greenebaum Multidisciplinary Breast Center opens
  42. Hadassah Hospital Expansion:
    2012: Dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
  43. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    1999: Development of proteins for use in treating wounds and tissue reconstruction
  44. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2002: Development of influenza vaccines
  45. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2003: Development of antibodies to complement skin cancer treatment
  46. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2003: Development of fracture treatment and bone building using stem cells
  47. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2004: Development of treatments for diseases of the nervous system
  48. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2005: Genetic treatments for cancer, anemia and other genetic diseases
  49. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2006: Development of methods of diagnosing precursors of cancerous growths
  50. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2006: Treatments developed using umbilical cord blood cells
  51. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2007: Development of immunization for Crohn's Disease
  52. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2008: : Development of proteins used in the treatment of stroke damage
  53. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2008: Development of technology to improve the quality of MRI imaging
  54. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2008: Human embryonic stem cells implanted in mice with MS, slowed the progression of the disease
  55. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2009: Hospital researchers discover treatment for fatty liver disease.
  56. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2010: Healthy baby born after frozen ovarian tissue implant
  57. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2010: Revolutionary treatment for brain aneurysm
  58. Research Progress —
    New Studies and Breakthroughs:

    2011: The ministry of Health approves BrainStorm NurOwn™ for the first clinical trial of adult stem cell therapy for ALS.
  59. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Founded in 1970, HAC's curriculum is designed to meet Israel's demand for skilled professionals in order to enhance the growth of the country's economy.
  60. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    HAC's fields of study provide pace-setting, state-of the art, professional career education that makes Israel a leader in the global economy.
  61. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    HAC was ranked the #1 college in Israel in quality of instruction and student satisfaction, according to the Israeli Consumer Reports of Higher Education.
  62. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Since 2009, more than 2000 students enroll in HAC annually. Women make up 64% of the enrollment.
  63. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Pre-academic programs enable students who show promise to enroll in HAC. Tailor-made programs at HAC assist challenged students and help them overcome educational obstacles.
  64. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Almost 100% of HAC graduates are immediately employed or accepted into graduate programs. Major businesses and institutions throughout Israel employ HAC graduates because of their excellent instruction and preparation.
  65. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Many HAC graduates continue their studies in prestigious graduate schools such as the Weizmann Institute, Hebrew University and the Technion.
  66. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    HAC continues to build partnerships with major US universities including Drexel University, Columbia University, University of South Florida, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
  67. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    HAC was the first college to receive an award from the City of Jerusalem honoring contributions made by students to the welfare of the city. Civic responsibility is a core value of the HAC curriculum. Students are actively involved in programs that provide community services related to their respective fields of study.
  68. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Student skills develop not just from textbooks, but also from intensive, hands-on work with faculty, scientists, engineers and business leaders.
  69. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    Through imagination and innovation, the dedicated faculty and staff, under the guidance of Professor Nava Ben-Zvi, President, have developed targeted programs that reach individuals from every corner of Israel and every economic and cultural background.
  70. Hadassah Academic College —
    Achievements & Accomplishments:

    HAC produced an excellent cookbook, What's Cooking at Hadassah Academic College, using the delicious recipes of the Culinary Arts Department.
  71. Youth Aliyah:
    Hadassah's Youth Aliyah sponsored villages annually graduate over 1300 solid Israeli citizens for the future of Israel.
  72. Youth Aliyah:
    Since the mid-1930's, when Ms. Szold founded Youth Aliyah with Recha Fryer, over 300,000 youngsters have graduated from Youth Aliyah villages.
  73. Youth Aliyah:
    The Joy of Judaism program presented a comfortable setting for learning to be Jewish and studying Jewish text. Students experienced the joy of celebrating Shabbat and the holidays.
  74. Youth Aliyah:
    Students, through their weekend visits home, bring newfound Jewish knowledge to their parents.
  75. Youth Aliyah:
    Youth Aliyah creates a more successful outcome in the absorption of olim, be they Ethiopian or from the Former Soviet Union.
  76. Youth Aliyah:
    The 130 youngsters from the three villages and 5 day centers who traveled on a school program to Poland gained a new knowledge of what it means to be a part of Clal Yisrael. From one of the participants: "This trip was one of the most emotional experiences of my life, and I felt privileged to be chosen to take part. My family could never have afforded it but you did. Thank you for making it all possible and changing my life."
  77. Youth Aliyah:
    100% of the graduating students are accepted into the army. Previously, most of the graduates were never accepted into the IDF because of their past, but now they are taking and passing the bagrut (state proficiency) exams. Many of the students, after their IDF experience, go on to post high school education.
  78. Youth Aliyah:
    During the 2006 war with Lebanon in Gaza, Meir Shfeyah took in 40 youngsters from Kfar Silver, an agricultural school in the south, integrating them into their daily lives. Hadassah Neurim absorbed 30 youngsters from Ashdod and Gan Yavne to keep them safe.
  79. Youth Aliyah:
    Kfar Meri Shfeyah's milk farm won a prize for their excellent quality of milk from their pampered cows.
  80. Youth Aliyah:
    The new High School in Ramat Hadassah Szold graduated its first class in June 2008 and plans to grow by 60 students every year in the next four years.
  81. Youth Aliyah:
    Half of the students at Meir Shfeyah come from homes in nearby Zihron Yaakov. Parents were so anxious to have their children attend the school, they petitioned the ministry of Education.
  82. Youth Aliyah:
    The school at Meir Shfeyah won the President's Prize for Education.
  83. Youth Aliyah:
    Gadi Ohayon, a graduate of Hadassah Neurim, was chosen to represent Israel in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Zevgenia Zabolotni, also a student at Hadassah Neurim and skilled in the Hammer Throw, will represent Israel in the 2012 Olympics.
  84. Youth Aliyah:
    The Net@ Project, a computer technician course, provides a 3-year after-school program for students, enabling them to become certified PC technicians and web managers
  85. Youth Aliyah:
    Ecology is important in Meir Shfeyah as recycling bins have been placed throughout the campus and in classrooms so that students and teachers will discard paper for recycling. The school administration is also using a new computerized program with which teachers and administrators communicate on a daily basis and collect and receive information about students' progress, grades and attendance without the use of excessive paperwork and waste.
  86. Youth Aliyah:
    Since 2005 the students of Shfeyah have operated the Shfeyah Winery supervised by village staff and a professional wine maker. The winery produces 5000 bottles of premium wine annually and the students learn production and business skills to enable them to enter the workforce when they finish their studies.
  87. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Since 1909, Young Judaea has been a leader in creating committed Zionists.
  88. Young Judaea Highlights:
    In 1917, during WWI, at least 20 Young Judaeans volunteered for the Jewish Battalion.
  89. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Young Judaeans volunteer in Youth Aliyah villages during their volunteer section of Year Course.
  90. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Tel Yehuda piloted its first "CAMPus TY" program - Kayamut: Jewish Environmental Learning and Leadership in the 21st Century.
  91. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Young Judaea is the only youth movement to have performed every year since its inception in the Israel Folk Dance Festival, a national event held in NYC.
  92. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Three YJ graduates lead the way in the Israeli environmental movement and ran for seats in the Knesset.
  93. Young Judaea Highlights:
    In 2005, Young Judaeans organized the Caravan for Katrina to provide relief supplies to hurricane victims. Trucks drove across the US, stopping along their route at local YJ groups to pick up relief supplies. In 2009, 56 Young Judaean kids gave up their winter vacation to volunteer for YJ's Alternative Winter Break Program in New Orleans.
  94. Young Judaea Highlights:
    In 2005, Ariel Sharon recognized Young Judaea as the premier Youth Movement creating a connection to Israel.
  95. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah, Israel's first combination absorption and community center for English-speaking immigrants and students, members took part in the fight against sex trafficking in Israel, holding the first demonstration. They were invited to the Knesset to talk to the committee.
  96. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Two Judaeans appeared on the cover of the August 2006 New York Times, as members of the IDF who served in the army during the war with Lebanon.
  97. Young Judaea Highlights:
    More than 500 Year Course participants volunteered during the 2006 war with Lebanon. They bagged supplies for soldiers, entertained children who had to leave their homes in the south, and conducted fundraisers to help the war effort.
  98. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake's banner program, Making a Difference in My Own Way (MADIMOW), has inspired campers to change the world. During the last 7 years, they have taken more than 3,000 campers into the community to do hands-on tikkun olam and raised nearly $15,000 in tzedakah donations for various causes.
  99. Young Judaea Highlights:
    YJ alumni are steering the course of American Jewish life by running organizations and serving on boards of Jewish organizations in communities all across America and in Israel.
  100. Young Judaea Highlights:
    Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah members rally in the municipality of Jerusalem and win the fight to bring plastic bottle recycling to the city.
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