|Diary of a Director General|
- Farewell Diary
- By the time you read this, I imagine you will have heard that I have resigned my position of Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. Regardless of my personal decision, I believe that HMO management and staff will do their utmost to ensure that Hadassah will continue to be a leader in Israel and throughout the world
What's Happening with Hadassah?
- Hadassah Participates in “Hope with Art” Project in Ethiopia
- Hope with Art, a joyful exhibition of art created by 15 teenage African orphans in Ethiopia, will open with a splash on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Hadassah medical clowns--Dudi, Titti and Tilli--and the Ethiopian Fekat Circus will perform at the opening ceremony. HIV+ children from two orphanages will comprise the opening day audience.
- Hadassah Academic College Students Invited to Germany
- Eight students from Hadassah Academic College's newly established Department of Politics and Communication have been invited by the Ruhr-University Bochum in German to present papers on "The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967-2008".
- Marisa Obuchowski, From Baltimore to WUJS Israel
- Many people who are considering a long-term experience in Israel often decide not to participate because of a fear of taking "time off". Marisa Obuchowski's recent experience on WUJS Israel is a reminder that the right blend of internships, learning, and personal growth is only an investment in one's future, not a break from it.
See the first newsletter from Hadasit, which has been turning Hadassah ingenuity into viable treatments for the benefit of humanity.
Hadasit is the technology transfer company of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) which promotes and commercializes HMO’s intellectual property and research & development capabilities. Through Hadasit, HMO has gained global recognition for its biomedical technology, including novel therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices.
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Our Patients, Our Doctors
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From time to time when I park my car in the lot at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, I see a helicopter arriving at the landing pad nearby. As the doors open and our team rushes a patient or two to the Trauma Unit, I wonder who the patients are and what happened to them that required their emergency transport. I often learn about the circumstances and the patients' condition during the day, but I don't usually know what happens to them when they leave our Medical Center, yet frequently, the lives of our patients and their doctors become intertwined. This week I heard what happened to one such patient since that day in August of 1998 when a helicopter brought her to Hadassah.
When 16-year-old Stacey Plax arrived in Israel from London on a Zionist youth movement program, she anticipated seeing the country from top to bottom. She never imagined she would be transported by helicopter from the middle of the desert to Jerusalem – from the site where the jeep she was in overturned to Hadassah's Intensive Care Unit.
At that time, Prof. Uri Elchalal and Prof. Charles Sprung never would have imagined they would dance at Stacey's wedding. They were not even sure she would live. But dance they did, just a few weeks ago in Tel Aviv. Stacey doesn't remember the dramatic rescue that saved her life or many of the difficult days that followed, but these doctors became part of her life and part of her family. "As you can imagine, Hadassah, and particularly Charlie Sprung and Uri Elchalal, have very special places in our hearts," says Stacey's mother, Karen.
Prof. Elchalal was first on the scene of the traumatic accident as an airborne physician in the Air Force's renowned Search and Rescue Unit doing reserve duty. At the time he was already part of Hadassah's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he now heads the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic. Coping calmly and competently with high risk situations seems to come naturally to him. As a flight surgeon who served in the Search and Rescue Unit during my career in the Israeli Air Force, and parenthetically, as a gynecologist, I can completely relate to Prof. Elchalal's experience.
“When we arrived, I immediately saw that the situation was very bad,” Prof. Elchalal says. “Stacey was unconscious and scarcely breathing. Although we rarely perform surgery on site, I knew she had a matter of minutes.” So there in the middle of the desert, he opened a passage in her trachea to keep her breathing, to keep her alive. “The helicopter saved her life,” he says, modestly ignoring the fact that without his quick thinking, there would not have been a life to save.
At Hadassah, the trauma team made the first assessment of their comatose patient before she was whisked into the operating room where surgeons worked to repair her shattered nose and jaw, and stabilize her injured brain. Stacey was then transferred to the General Intensive Care Unit, which Prof. Sprung heads. A few days later, she emerged from her coma. “We were not sure if there was brain damage,” Prof. Sprung says, “but she recovered completely.” After some time in the Intensive Care Unit, she was transferred to the surgical ward and subsequently to a London hospital for further treatment.
Stacey has come a long way since then. She returned to school and went on to receive an advanced degree in Speech and Language Therapy. Having lost the ability to speak after her accident, she wanted to help others in similar situations. She joined Young Hadassah International and spoke about her experience throughout Europe, encouraging others to help support the Medical Center.
Over the years, she maintained her ties with Prof. Sprung and their friendship deepened. Although she returned to Hadassah to visit several times, she was reluctant to meet Prof. Elchalal. “Then, one day six years ago, she called and said she wanted to come and visit me,” he recalls. “That was the beginning of a very close relationship. Seeing her at her wedding was truly amazing.”
"It was extremely emotional to dance at her wedding," Prof. Sprung said, remembering the tragic circumstances that brought them together. Reflecting on the occasion, he noted that “every month or two there is one patient who would not have survived without Hadassah.”
Hadassah is blessed with doctors who become part of their patients’ lives and patients who include us in theirs. It is especially meaningful when we see them return to their lives, healthy and happy. We rejoice with them and in our ability to help bring them to these special moments. Mazal Tov Stacey and Ezra.
This week, we observe Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for those who fell in Israel's wars and in acts of terror, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day. Both are always moving, painful and poignant. As we honor the memory of those who perished and celebrate the 64th anniversary of our country, we at Hadassah will remember the role we have played in war and in peace, in the decades before the founding of the State and the years that have followed. We will think about those we could not help and those who would not have survived without us – and we will rededicate ourselves to our lifesaving mission.Date: 4/23/2012
The Season of Renewal April 5, 2012
|Diary of A Director General|
Anticipating the approach of Pesach and the Seder we will celebrate, I find myself thinking about the connection between the story of our going out from Egypt that we read about in the Haggadah - about the birth of the Jewish People as a people - and Pesach as the holiday of spring and the arrival of a new season.
Wherever we look here in Israel, we can see the signs of spring. Deep in the ground, long dormant roots are putting out new shoots, trees are blooming and flowers are blossoming - all sending a message of rebirth and renewal.
Three weeks ago, when we celebrated the opening of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, the arrival of the first patients seemed to revitalize the spirit that has propelled Hadassah forward. The celebration of Hadassah's centennial reminded us of our roots and how they have flourished over these past 100 years by constantly sending out new shoots, exploring new avenues, embarking on new endeavors.
Today, two departments have moved into the Davidson Hospital Tower, with more to follow. As each department takes root, so to speak, the staff becomes reenergized, reinvigorated, renewed. The potential of the new building is exceeded only by the excellence of our staff.
In the past, I have mentioned LEAN, a sophisticated management concept designed to optimize the flow of services and improve quality. I had observed LEAN in action in several American medical centers. Working with experts from Israel and the U.S., we began to introduce the LEAN process in the Emergency Room and outpatient clinics.
Last week, at a three-day workshop for the staff of the Ophthalmology outpatient clinic, I witnessed another outstanding example of our staff's cooperative effort. "The meetings were very successful," said Dr. Gabriel Polliack, who headed the meetings. Dr. Polliack, a recent addition to our staff, is the Deputy Director of Hadassah-Ein Kerem, specifically responsible for promoting outpatient services.
"All the people that deal with the flow of services to the patients were involved," he said. Department Head Prof. Jacob Pe'er and senior staff members, such as Prof. Itay Chowers, sat with the head nurses, receptionists, schedulers from the clinic and telephone center and members of management in charge of these services. In an environment where everyone was equal and every idea deserved consideration, they examined the staff and patient experience. Ask anyone who has been treated in the Ophthalmology outpatient clinic and they will tell you that the medical treatment is excellent; patient consideration, somewhat less so.
The first day, they analyzed the current work processes from the patients' and staff's perspective, beginning with the scheduling and ending with the completion of treatment and the scheduling of the next visit. Interaction with other departments and services such as information technology, the pharmacy and the emergency room, were also considered too. Their discussions helped them identify the significant bottlenecks. The next day they created two plans - the ideal and the real - what could be done with unlimited resources and what could be accomplished within the constraints under which they operate.
The last day was devoted to addressing the issues that need improvement and determining where and how they could create change. As they prepared their case for improving and expanding patient services, it was clear they were all in agreement. Dr. Yuval Weiss, Director of Hadassah-Ein Kerem, and I were part of the program - and, as it turned out, part of the solution. They needed our support and approval to proceed with the proposed concept. It was truly exciting to see the team sitting together, learning and listening, examining attitudes and generating ideas - and what they proposed was feasible, functional and valuable.
They concluded by grouping all the ideas by topics, creating a short-term action plan, assigning individual responsibility, creating task teams and deciding how to ensure follow up.
"All of them cared, they cared a lot," Dr. Polliack said, "They cared about the big picture and the little details. They cared about the patients.
Gaby Polliack is well acquainted with the need to please patients. He describes himself as "coming from a culture of patient service." A graduate of our Medical School, he completed his internship and residency in radiology at Hadassah. Recently, he was part of the management at Maccabi, Israel's leading healthcare provider, where he was responsible for the delivery of nationwide diagnostic outpatient services, and the delivery of primary medical care in the community, overseeing the comprehensive primary care medical network.
This workshop, the first of those planned, may seem unrelated to Pesach or to the trees and plants that abound in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, like those in the Jack and Barbara Kay Welcome Garden (above), and those that bloom on our doorstep. Yet that seminar - and those that will follow - is the realization of Hadassah's pioneering spirit that springs from its roots, the beginning of the blossoming of ideas and the pleasure our patients and we enjoy when they are in full bloom.
May you and your loved ones enjoy the pleasures of Pesach as we celebrate another season of renewal.Date: 4/5/2012
The Other Side of the Mountain: The Tower Opening
Diary of A Director General
By Prof. Ehud Kokia
Director General, Hadassah Medical Organization
When I arrived at work a week ago today, Hadassah-Ein Kerem was a different place. Overnight, the temporary wall that separated the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower from the main building had been removed. The two buildings seemed to flow together, connected by the sunlight that poured into the passageway from the magnificent three-story glass entrance atrium – the David and Fela Shapell Family Gateway to Health. The atrium was filled with people busily preparing for the Moving In Day ceremonies that would take place just a few hours later.
Just five floors above, the first patients were being wheeled into the new Department of Urology on the fifth floor of the Davidson Hospital Tower. Walking across the glass bridge that connects the old building to the new you have the feeling that you are coming into a different world, and in a sense you really are. From a room filled with five, six or seven beds and one bathroom, our patients entered one or two bed rooms with private bathrooms and each with an exceptional view. Although somewhat in awe and a little shocked, from the moment they arrived, all the patients were full of praise for their new surroundings.
"I can't believe the luxury," Meir Cohen said on Monday. "I only hope people understand how to use all the technology here." He was obviously speaking about himself. When I visited him on Wednesday, he told me the department was "something unbelievable." Yet, although the staff had explained how to use the tray tablet, he had not quite mastered its multitude of functions. It took me a few minutes, but I managed to figure it out and show him its finer features.
A few rooms away, Alex Orin, who is a few decades younger, had no such problem. He was totally at ease with the interactive television and all the other high-tech features. "This is fantastic," he said, speaking softly because his mother was resting on the nearby pull-out chair. He added that the new environment affects the staff as well as the patients. "They seem happier here."
Along the way, I stopped to talk to some of the doctors and nurses. "We have no problems," said Dina Katz the head nurse on duty. "It's all very pleasant." In the physicians' work room, Dr. Gideon Lorber and Dr. Anna Elia concurred. "The arrangements are excellent," Dr. Lorber said.
"There are no problems," Prof. Dov Pode, the department head said on Monday. "The problem might be that the patients are so happy they won't want to leave," he added jokingly. Two days later, as I went from room to room, I could see that everyone was happy; yet, everyone wanted to be well enough to leave, which is as it should be.
Left side: Saed Gara, Urology Head Nurse, Orly Picker Rotem, Deputy Director General of Nursing and Human Resources. Right side: Dr. Yuval Weiss, Director of Hadassah-Ein Kerem
Although the Davidson Tower looks and feels like a first class hotel, it is, after all, a hospital, a place where sick people are treated. Alongside the superb physical design and the sophisticated technology, it represents an improvement in the accommodations that respect patients' privacy and dignity. We now have an outstanding building where patients receive outstanding treatment, as they have throughout HMO in the past. What sets the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower apart and above, is not the medicine but the ability to provide our patients with a level of comfort they deserve. As I left the department and passed the beautiful Healing Garden, I knew we had entered into a whole new era, with a whole new hospital, with a whole new approach. Now that we have arrived at this point, our job is to breathe life into this building, the first new public hospital to built in Israel in 40 years.
The next day we held the ceremony honoring outstanding employees. I must tell you that choosing among the many, many members of the HMO staff is very difficult. I know that the excellence of all our employees combined with our superb new facilities will provide the quality of care that will continue to make Hadassah the Medical Center of choice for those in need of medical care and further enhance our exceptional reputation.
Last Monday, we arrived at the top of the mountain. The Moving In Day celebration was extraordinary, as befits the people who planned the new building, those who built it and those who will occupy it. Today, a week later – and even before – I knew we would have to look at the other side of the mountain. The celebration, which was an historic occasion, triggered many thoughts – not only about the new building but about the entire institution and the entire organization. We have to think about the best possible uses for the round building, what it will house and how we can refurbish it to make it suitable for the 21st century. We have to think about the buildings that surround the old building; about how our doctors can treat their patients, carry out their research and collaborate with colleagues, moving easily from one to the other. We have to invest a lot of thought and analysis about the direction we will take next, especially about what is best for our patients, not just those in the Davidson Hospital Tower but on both campuses of the Medical Center.
Long before we welcomed the generous donors and honored guests to the Moving In Day celebration, I had thought about all our devoted supporters and how selflessly they have contributed to make HMO the leading medical institution in Israel. Without them Hadassah would not be what it is and we would not be able to do what we do.
From left to right: Past National President Nancy Falchuk; Current National President Marcie Natan; Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower Campaign Co-Chair Judy Swartz; Past National President Marlene Post; Past National President and Building Chair Bonnie Lipton.
As I greeted HWZOA National President Marcie Natan, HMO Chair Joyce Rabin, Building Chair Bonnie Lipton and the other past National Presidents, I thought again about the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, the monumental gift this 100-year-young organization has given Israel for its centennial. I continue to think about all the volunteer hours Hadassah members, Associates and the men and women of Hadassah International, dedicate to HMO; all the effort they expend on their other home, their home in Jerusalem.
Last Monday was a once-in-a lifetime event for an organization; a highly emotional experience for me and for all those who gathered for the ceremony. From the beginning, when Davidson Tower Campaign Co-Chair Judy Swartz called on Prof. Alon Pikarsky to lead us in Hatikvah and the voices of hundreds of people filled the atrium, to the finish, when the Chief Rabbi of Israel, the Rishon Lezion Rabbi Shlomo Amar, and Campaign Co-Chair Sidney Swartz affixed the mezuzah and we all said, "Amen," that day and that time will forever be etched in my mind.
Diary of a Director General: A Long and Winding Road
January 30, 2012
The weather seemed to be sending me a personal message the foggy, misty morning I returned to Hadassah after more than a week abroad. Low clouds hung over the narrow, winding two-lane descent that brings me to Ein Kerem and it was difficult to see the road ahead. Suddenly, the sun broke through, shining directly on our Ein Kerem campus, spotlighting the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
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Ein Kerem and the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 8:14 AM
Nuances of Neurology
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah,
Recently, Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Head of the Department of Neurology, made an outstanding presentation to HMO’s medical management. As I watched the slides that detailed the many aspects of care and treatment his department provides and the research they are pursuing, I thought again about how much the discipline has changed in recent years. In the “old days,” neurology was considered a rather low-keyed field. Neurologists were essentially diagnosticians, analyzing patients’ conditions and providing the best tools to assist them. There were no modalities to immediately cope with stroke victims, or those with epilepsy and immune-mediated diseases that weaken the respiratory muscles. Dealing with the soft tissues of the brain was a frightening prospect.
Today, neurology and neurologists are infused with excitement. Today, as Prof. Ben-Hur pointed out, neurologists intervene at critical moments with protocols and practices that can and do save lives. Today, they are constantly looking forward, revisiting prior concepts and exploring new avenues of research.
Neurological illnesses affect one in every five people. I believe every one of us knows someone, or more than one person, who suffers from the progressive impact of Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis or any of the lesser known neurodegenerative diseases. While there are still no know cures, thanks to today's “new” neurology hope is at hand. Molecular medicine and stem cell science have made a major difference, as have new and sophisticated tools and equipment that have significantly changed neurologists’ ability to effectively intervene.
Consider multiple sclerosis, just one of the many neurodegenerative diseases the Neurology Department treats and investigates. Prof. Dimitrios Karussis and his team performed the world’s first clinical trial using the patient’s own stem cells to inhibit the destructive inflammatory process and promote the brain’s recovery. That discovery prompted them to begin preparing for the next stage of clinical trials. The research also involved using the same principle to treat people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Following conclusive tests on laboratory animals, the research has now moved into a new and exciting phase. A clinical trial on this potential treatment will begin shortly.
To accurately measure the effectiveness of treatment and the impact of multiple sclerosis on visual functions, Dr. Netta Levin and her team have developed new visual tests using functional MRI technologies, electrophysiological data and newly designed computerized dynamic visual function tests. They are now developing the concepts and technology to make it applicable for everyday clinical use.
In collaboration with Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, Prof. Ben-Hur’s team is developing the use of human embryonic stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis. They believe their research will ultimately lead to the world’s first clinical trial to test this use of human embryonic stem cells.
About 50,000 people in Israel suffer from epilepsy. This year, Hadassah opened a multidisciplinary Epilepsy Center, the only one in the greater Jerusalem area, where neurologists play a vital role. Again, aided by sophisticated equipment, they diagnose, monitor and provide multi-disciplinary treatment to epilepsy patients.
Strokes have a devastating impact on people’s lives and those of their loved ones. Just a short time ago, rehabilitation was their only hope of returning to normal lives.
The approach to stroke victims has progressed from providing diagnoses and medications to prevent the next stroke, to the point where frequently doctors can intervene in the acute event and change the outcome significantly. According to Prof. Ben–Hur, the seemingly "simple" things make the difference in the mortality rate. The correct monitoring and maintenance of patient's blood pressure, body temperature and sugars can produce excellent outcomes.
I have mentioned just a few highlights of what Prof. Ben-Hur conveyed about the 11 neurology research groups, and the work of the same neurologists in the hospital, in the specialized laboratories, in the clinics at Ein Kerem and on Mt. Scopus, and through hospital-based ambulatory medicine. The facts and figures, graphs and charts encompassed every aspect of his department’s activities. His articulate presentation reinforced everyone’s understanding of the energized and effective world of neurology and what Hadassah’s Department of Neurology can offer our patients, now and in the future.
I am leaving shortly to attend the HWZOA Midwinter Board meetings and will continue to share my thoughts and impressions when I return. As the move to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower comes ever closer and demands more and more attention, I know you will understand why I must cut back on my diary entries to every other week.
Prof. Ehud Kokia, Director General
Diary of a Director General:
Passionate About Research
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Mon 11/28/2011 3:59 AM
Subject: Diary of a Director General
Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah,
Last week I had the chance to welcome two very different groups of people to our Medical Center: The Creative Coalition from Hollywood and the Jewish Federation of Brazil. It was the first time I addressed any of our many visitors and I must confess, I had a few butterflies in my stomach. The problem was not the message, but the language. My Portuguese is nonexistent; fortunately my English is much better, but neither is my native tongue.
However, my “stage fright” disappeared as soon as I stood before them, heard why they had come to Hadassah and saw how much they appreciated what we had to show them. I began by telling them about Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, about the pioneering initiatives and extraordinary vision nearly 100 years ago that led to this great Medical Center. I spoke about the foresight and creativity that inspired them to establish Hadassah International, and how together we have worked to make the world a healthier place.
I described our accomplishments in clinical care, our outstanding research achievements, the excellent training we provide our medical students, interns and residents, and the challenge of maintaining our high standards and working constantly to exceed and excel. But most of all, I told them about Hadassah’s belief, my belief, that our role and responsibility is to serve as a Bridge to Peace, not only between Israel and the Jewish people, between Israel and the world, but here at home, between the many communities in Israel with many religions and their many forms of religious practice.
The actors and entertainers of The Creative Coalition are well aware of HWZOA. After all, they work or live in Hollywood where Hadassah is almost a household word. They came to HMO with two objectives: to learn about how we are using stem cells to correct conditions and retard the progress of diseases; and to see first-hand how Jews and Arabs cooperate in the finest fashion for the benefit of their patients, who are also Jews and Arabs.
The members of the Brazilian Federation had a different program, one tailored to their special interests. They, too, know about Hadassah through the work of Hadassah International in Brazil and throughout South America. They, too, were excited and energized by what they saw and heard.
Every year HMO hosts between 30,000 and 50,000 people from the countries of six continents. The different types of groups and the places they come from almost exceed the imagination.
In the last few weeks alone, our visitors included: a Law Enforcement Group from the United States; a European Union delegation; a South Carolina Business and Medical Mission; four Turkish journalists; a delegation from Western Australia, one from Austria and the First Lady of Kenya. While I didn’t have a chance to meet them, I know that each of their programs was designed to suit their specific interests and that the members of our medical staff took the time to give them an insider’s view of their work and ours.
For example, Dr. Cobi Assaf, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, told the members of the European Union about different and sometimes contradictory aspects of his life; how he sees Israel through the lens of a parent and grandparent, a kibbutznick, a soldier and a physician. Through his personal stories, they were able to grasp the complexity of our lives; our desire for peace and our need for security.
A young Turkish couple who have been training at Hadassah for the past two years came to meet the Turkish journalists. After Prof. Eithan Galun, Head of the Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy, described his work with a colleague in Ankara, they asked the Turkish doctors at Hadassah how they viewed recent events. Our Turkish radiologist related how he had been part of the team that treated the injured Turks in the flotilla incident. “They received excellent treatment,” he said, “the same excellent treatment that everyone who is brought here receives.”
The First Lady of Kenya is a teacher and educator. She met with a young woman dentist who had been to Ethiopia to work with orphaned HIV and AIDS children, Prof. Allon Moses, Chairman of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Then she visited the children in our Hadassah School and our Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. “This is a hospital filled with humanity,” she said as she was leaving.
I am proud we had a chance to show the First Lady, and all our other visitors, our human touch; how it extends to everything we do; how we treat the person, not just the illness; how we look for ways to eradicate disease; and how we extend a helping hand to others near and far.
Our Hadassah friends and family from around the world come with a different perspective. Last week, we proudly welcomed Baltimore Hadassah’s Autumn Mission (left), among many other Hadassah groups. For them, for you and for us, coming to HMO is coming home. Armed with knowledge and looking for more, you come to meet the people who are handling HMO’s most important projects and learn more about the day-to-day work of the Medical Center, you come to see how Hadassah is doing and to hear how you can help.
HWZOA National President Marcie Natan and Past National President Bonnie Lipton, HWZOA Building Chair, returned to check on the progress of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and our plans to receive the first patients on March 19 2012.
Our long and detailed Visitors List provides an even more extensive understanding of the immense variety of people who want to visit our Medical Center. HMO’s Division of External Relations and its Department of Development, Donors and Events, makes all the arrangements. Conversant in many languages, our outstanding guides attend to our visitors with competence, kindness and wide-ranging knowledge of what is happening on our two campuses.
These days, I am somewhat more confident about finding my way around the hospitals. I no longer feel like I need to leave a trail of bread crumbs, like Hansel and Gretl, to find my way back to my office when I leave my destination. Yet, I know that I, too, would benefit from seeing the Medical Center as our visitors do. I hope to join one of their tours and see Hadassah through the eyes of our guests. It would give me great pleasure if you, the members of our family, were among them.
Prof. Ehud Kokia, Director General
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by Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef
Hadassah Medical Organization