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Report from Jerusalem: Update

On Friday, February 7 the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) filed for Section 350, which is analogous to the U.S. Chapter 11. Under the terms of Section 350, the leadership of HMO is working with court-appointed trustees to develop and begin implementation of a recovery plan. Below are the latest key developments in the recovery process:

  • Read our response to the Gabbai Report.
  • Read a note from Marcie Natan to the doctors and nurses at Hadassah's hospitals.
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    In the News* (scroll in the box for more)

    Court gives Hadassah more time to produce rescue plan
    By Ronny Linder-Ganz
    Haaretz
    April 15, 2014

    Court orders Hadassah to find recovery plan
    JTA
    April 14, 2014

    Hadassah Organization Petitions Court To Keep Hospital
    Globes
    April 13, 2014

    Court on Hadassah crisis: Hold talks during holiday if needed
    By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    The Jerusalem Post
    April 13, 2014

    Government Panel: Take Hospital From Hadassah Women
    Subscription Required
    By Ronny Linder-Ganz
    Haaretz
    April 9, 2014

    Control of HMO to be Transfered to Independent Board
    Subscription Required
    By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    The Jerusalem Post
    April 8, 2014

    Hadassah, an endangered treasure
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    By Yaakov Naparstek
    Haaretz
    March 18, 2014

    Hadassah Crisis Opens Divisions Between the Hospital and Women's Organization
    By Ben Sales
    The Jewish Telegraph Agency
    March 18, 2014

    Who Will Heal the Hospitals?
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    By Shlomo Maital
    The Jerusalem Post
    March 5, 2014

    Brothers in Illness, at Hadassah
    By Micha Shagrir
    Haaretz
    March 3, 2014

    Hadassah: Hospital Debt Fault of Administrators Excessive Spending
    By Jonah Silberman
    The Jewish Voice
    February 26, 2014

    Unions Betray Israel's Hadassah Hospital Strike
    By Jean Shaoul
    World Socialist Web Site
    February 26, 2014

    Hospital Strike is Over, But Hadassah's Financial Troubles Remain
    By Dmitriy Shapiro
    JNS.org
    February 25, 2014

    How did Hadassah get into this mess?
    By David Horovitz
    The Times of Israel
    February 21, 2014

    Hadassah: Medical Excellence, Management Malpractice
    By Meirav Arlosoroff
    Haaretz *Subscription Only
    February 21, 2014

    February 20: Rolling eyeballs
    By Jerusalem Post Readers
    The Jerusalem Post
    February 20, 2014

    Israel's Hadassah Hospital Agrees to Pay Wages and Delay Layoffs
    JNS
    February 20, 2014

    Employees celebrate as Hadassah agrees to pay full salaries
    By Yori Yalon
    Israel Hayom
    February 20, 2014

    Hadassah doctors return to work
    JTA
    February 19, 2014

    Hadassah staff return to work after temporary deal reached
    By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    The Jerusalem Post
    February 19, 2014

    Strike at Hadassah Hospital Ends
    By Elad Benari
    Arutz Sheva
    February 19, 2014

    Hadassah nurses, maintenance workers end strike
    JNS.org
    February 19, 2014

    Hadassah Director-General: Now We Have to Convince the Doctors
    Arutz Sheva
    February 19, 2014

    Health Ministry Forbids Hospitals to Hire Hadassah Medical Staff Who Leave
    Arutz Sheva
    February 18, 2014

    Finding America's ills in Israel's health system *subscription only
    By Meirav Arlosoroff
    Haaretz
    February 18, 2014

    New HMO board member optimistic that crisis can be brought to an end
    By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    The Jerusalem Post
    February 18, 2014

    Netanyahu's Inaction on Hadassah 'Disappointing'
    By Gil Ronen
    Arutz Sheva
    February 18, 2014

    Barkat: We Won't Let Hadassah be Harmed
    Arutz Sheva
    February 17, 2014

    Hadassah President: The State has 'A Duty' to Bail Out Hospital
    Arutz Sheva
    By Ari Soffer and Yoni Kempinski
    February 17, 2014

    End the strike
    The Jerusalem Post
    February 17, 2014

    Mayor Barkat joins Hadassah workers, protesters march throughout Jerusalem
    The Jerusalem Post
    February 17, 2014

    Hadassah hospital to deposit workers' salaries in banks Monday, but still not enough
    By Judy Siegal-Itzkovich
    Jerusalem Post
    February 16, 2014

    Negotiations Between HMO And Hospital Unions End With No Result
    Jerusalem Post
    February 14, 2014

    Eldad: Doctors Don't Have A Right To Strike
    By David Lev
    Arutz Sheva
    February 14, 2014

    'If Nurses Abandon Hadassah It Will Collapse'
    By Meital Yisor Beit-Or
    Israel Hayom
    February 14, 2014

    Debt Reprieve Granted To Hadassah Hospital
    Jweekly
    February 13, 2014

    Israel To Rescue Cash-Strapped Hadassah Still Ailing From Madoff
    By David Wainer
    Bloomberg
    February 13, 2014

    Accountability At Hadassah, Not Just A Bailout
    Haaretz Editorial
    February 13, 2014

    Hadassah Crisis Far From Resolution As Wards Remain Empty
    By Meital Yasur Beit-Or, Yori Yalon, Hezi Sternlicht and Zeev Klein
    Israel Hayom
    February 13, 2014

    The future of Israel's Medicine is at Stake
    By Dr. Meir Mizrahi

    Israel Hayom
    February 13, 2014

    Hadassah Says Administrators Overspent
    By Stewart Ain and Michele Chabin
    The Jewish Week
    February 12, 2014

    Hadassah Hospital Lists Ongoing Services Despite Strike
    Arutz Sheva
    February 12, 2014

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    Voices

    "We have an immense responsibility upon our shoulders to behave responsibly and to bring about the recovery of the Hadassah Medical Center"

    —Executive Director or Ministry of Health, Ronni Gamzu

    "HMO has been a bridge to peace for decades, helping both victims & their attackers, Arabs, Christians & Jews. HMO has been in the forefront of research on too many health issues to mention. For Israel to not support the continuation of HMO would be a tremendous blow to Israel, the rest of the Mideast & the whole world."

    —Debby Rosenberger (Indian Land, SC)

    "Hadassah will not fall. Hadassah must not collapse. Hadassah must not be harmed and we won't let Hadassah be harmed. Hadassah along with being a hospital is backed by research and, together with the university, is the promising future for generations of researchers and thousands in a sea of workers."

    —Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

    "We invest money here to build infrastructure, and women give money not for themselves but out of love for the country and so that Israel will have the best medical care."

    —Audrey Shimron, Executive Director of Hadassah's Israeli office

    "I know this: As a Christian, if I'm injured in this country, I'll be welcomed at Hadassah Medical Center to be treated; if an Arab [is injured], he will be taken to Hadassah to be treated; and if a Jew [is injured], he will be taken to Hadassah to be treated. Will we be treated any differently? No. We will have exactly the same medical treatment."

    —Mike Huckabee (Former US Republican presidential candidate), Jerusalem Post, 2/17/14

    "A lot of organizations have challenges over the years. To me it's like raising a family. When you have a family, no matter what happens you go on and do the best you can, and whether it's Hadassah or anything else, you have no choice except to look beyond and do the best you can. The purpose of volunteers is to be a cohesive organization, support our cause, remember our purpose is to save lives and build bridges to peace."

    —Joan Baron,
    President of Hadassah's Florida Atlantic region

    "I call on the government, the management and medical staff to find a solution as soon as possible to prevent damage to thousands of patients in and around Jerusalem. I know that when it comes to the patients you must work 24 hours and not let go until you find a solution to the crisis."

    —Israeli President Shimon Peres

    "Hadassah hospital is an inseparable part of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. We cannot allow it to collapse."

    —Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

    "This (court) decision opens the way for us to begin a rehabilitation program. The alternative was the collapse of Hadassah, and this we cannot allow."

    —Health Minister Yael German

    "I stand here like the first time when I was a child because of grandfather. The State of Tel Aviv believes that Jerusalem is a province but at least Hadassah recognizes our pride, and I think Hadassah is the largest hospital in the entire country and when there are serious problems, Hadassah is the solution."

    —MK Yisrael Eichler

    "They're in a tough spot, working around the clock, and I don't know what will happen. Somehow, though, Hadassah has always pulled through."

    — Ellen Marson, former Executive Director of Hadassah

    "My top priority is returning the hospital to its normal functioning and providing the best services possible to patients and, of course, beginning intensive negotiations with the employees' representatives."

    —Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, the Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization

    "Hadassah Hospital has always been there for Israel (even before there was an Israel). It is time for Israel to support that partnership."

    —Kathy Hershfield (Sharon, MA)

    "Hadassah Hospital has been a major element of the state of Israel, keeping Israelis and others in the area well and treating them when they are sick. Many families like my own have contributed to Hadassah for generations because we believe in the importance of topnotch medical services in Israel."

    —Lyne Kane (Chapel Hill, NC)

    "HMO is one of the most important institutions in the entire Medinot Israel. This institution represents the fabric of our people for many reasons throughout our history. It is the essence of Jewish Values. We cannot afford to allow this institution to fail . It is a beacon to the entire world of what makes us who we are as Jews. The Government of Israel must see this through to a successful resolution. This institution has contributed the best science and scientists Israel and the world has known. Israel has never turned its back on humanitian needs."

    —Dr. Jeffrey Levin (Richard, VA)

    "HMO has been a bridge to peace for decades, helping both victims & their attackers, Arabs, Christians & Jews. HMO has been in the forefront of research on too many health issues to mention. For Israel to not support the continuation of HMO would be a tremendous blow to Israel, the rest of the Mideast & the whole world."

    —Debby Rosenberger (Indian Land, SC)

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    Comments:
    Anonymous @ 4/8/2014 4:26:29 PM 
    I have been a life member of Hadassah since I have been a very young teen ager and my love of Hadassah is in my blood. Hadassah must live and we will always support her. Sandy S. Sharon, Mass.
    Anonymous @ 4/6/2014 12:35:19 PM 
    Have not signed petition because change.org is a for profit organization and signature may not be secure unless one is a member of change.org per wikapedia
    Anonymous @ 3/10/2014 5:26:33 PM 
    I STAND WITH HADASSAH HOSPITAL. THE GOVERNMENT IS WRONG AND SHOULD NOT GO AGAINST WHAT HADASSAH HAS DONE FOR ISRAEL AND ALL THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE HELPED. BARBARA BERGHOFF, SAN DIEGO, CA
    Anonymous @ 3/10/2014 4:12:48 PM 
    I also signed the petition and asked my friends to sign. Sandy NYC
    Anonymous @ 3/5/2014 3:38:48 PM 
    HMO does the most important work for the State of Israel. It is the key that Hadassah shares with its medical research. To heal not only in Israel and also the world. It is the engine for peace in the Arab world. Some of the countries recognize the medical research and gives a good edge to Israel. Israel government must see how important and necessary to continue supporting Hadassah. I did signed the petition. Odette Kaplan, Past Chapter President, Lexington, Kentucky
    Anonymous @ 3/5/2014 3:34:44 PM 
    HMO does the most important work for the State of Israel. It is the key that Hadassah shares with its medical research. To heal not only in Israel and also the world. It is the engine for peace in the Arab world. Some of the countries recognize the medical research and gives a good edge to Israel. Israel government must see how important and necessary to continue supporting Hadassah. I did signed the petition. Odette Kaplan, Past Chapter President, Lexington, Kentucky
    Anonymous @ 3/4/2014 10:27:55 AM 
    I live in Israel and work at the Hadassah / Meir Shfeyah Youth Village. I am grateful for the many contributions that Hadassah has made to our village for over 90 years and to Israel for over 100 years. Hadassah should NOT be expected to compensate GOVERNMENT operated institutions for inadequate funding policies and mismanagement. The Israeli GOVERNMENT should say THANK YOU to Hadassah for its unprecedented generosity, stop whining and make the decision to support quality health care and health givers in Israel. Hadassah does not need to be apologetic. Our government needs to show its appreciation to Hadassah and its concern for the health and well being of its citizens with necessary legislation and budgetary support for the hospital instead of blaming Hadassah , shirking its own responsibility and looking for handouts.
    Lauren Stern Kedem
    Anonymous @ 2/27/2014 5:16:58 PM 
    I stand with Hadassah Hospital and the people of Jerusalem. We must all stand together. Elaine T.,Tarzana, Calif.
    Anonymous @ 2/20/2014 9:37:30 AM 
    Life is often not a straight line. With Israel's understanding and assistance Hadassah will get over this hurdle
    and continue to serve its people and all mankind with medical research and exemplary clinical care.
    Phyllis Abramson, President Suffolk
    Anonymous @ 2/19/2014 8:05:49 AM 
    I signed the petition several days ago. HMO is such an important and necessary part of Israel that I do not understand how there can be a lack of support in the government. Hadassah women everywhere lend both moral and financial support and will continue to do so. We must not lose heart. Miriam Selig, Houston, Texas
    Anonymous @ 2/13/2014 8:08:49 PM 
    I signed the petition! Beth, NYC


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