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 Education VP's Stacey  (greenestacey@hotmail.com) and Marlene  (marherb@bellsouth.net) want to share the following Educational Information with you.

July 9, 2014

Dear Friends,

Last night rockets fell three miles from our hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and less than two miles from our Youth Aliyah Village Meir Shfeyah. Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a land invasion and 40,000 reservists have been called up. Among them are dozens of our doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Jerusalem is tense, but morale is high.

Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is mobilizing for an influx of casualties from the greater Jerusalem area, though we pray there will be few. As a tertiary care hospital, we are also prepared to receive wounded soldiers and civilians who might be air lifted from more distant areas.

A missile attack in southern Israel. 
Courtesy of @koshermcdonald

Our below-ground Surgical Center at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is not yet fully equipped and furnished, but it stands ready if patients must be moved out of harm’s way. The five below-ground floors are fortified against conventional, chemical and biological weapons.

As they have in previous emergencies, Hadassah-supported Youth Aliyah villages are prepared to take in children and families from the South, where the majority of rockets are falling—or to welcome the families of their own students who might be in danger.

Young Judaea is on alert and summer programs have revised itineraries to keep participants safe.

I know I speak for every one of you when I say that our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Israeli people today.

But sometimes thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to be practical, and ready for any eventuality. Two years ago we created a Hadassah Readiness Fund, for situations just like this one. We are asking you today to ensure that HMO, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to service families and the people of Israel.

Please donate today to the Hadassah Readiness Fund

Our website and our Facebook page will be updated continually with the latest information from Israel.

Your generosity built the premier medical organization in the Middle East. Today it must be prepared for any situation. Please support the Hadassah Readiness Fund.


Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President 


Table of Contents:
Hadassah Fact Sheet 2009-10
Facts and Figures for our hospitals

Archived News:

Biotech Park Opens 
Hadassah Heart Failure Center's Outreach Program
Stem Cell Victory
Organ & Tissue Donation
Female Heart Attacks
 Hadassah College Jerusalem News
 Camp Young Judaea information
 State of Stem Cells update
 Hadassah Physicians Make Research Breakthroughs
 JNF Launches Environmental Awareness Program
 JNF Green Corps for Middle School Students

Be sure to check out all the current news in Education and Medical Breakthroughs at www.hadassah.org or www.floridaatlantic.hadassah.org.   You can also sign up to receive HNews, available at www.hadassah.org.


Hadassah's Hospitals in Israel:

Facts and Figures

Hadassah*s 850 physicians 1,940 nurses, 1,020 paramedical and support staff work in two medical center hospitals in Israel, with more than 1,000 beds, 31 operating rooms, 9 intensive care units and the combined skills of thousands of health care professionals.
Every year, Hadassah provides nearly one million people with hospital services. In keeping with worldwide trends, the Hadassah University Medical Center in Israel is moving toward day care and day hospitalization to reduce costs and risk of infection.
Figures for the Year 2009:
82,458 Hospitalizations              4,180,888 Lab Tests
74, 515 Day Hospitalizations            30,991 Surgeries
134,189 ER Admissions            417,032 Imaging Tests
587,762 Outpatient Visits             102,341 Dental Treatments

Hadassah University Hospital: Ein Kerem, Jerusalem
This 700-bed tertiary care hospital deals with virtually every conceivable aspect of modern medicine and serves as a national referral center for the most complex and challenging medical cases. With more than 130 departments and clinics, Hadassah-Ein Kerem provides the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services as well as attending to the daily needs of the local population, serving the national population and providing sophisticated treatment for international patients.
Hadassah University Hospital: Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem
This 300-bed community hospital, serves the heavily populated Jewish and Arab neighborhoods of northern and eastern Jerusalem, with over 30 departments and clinics. It also houses the Guggenheim Rehabilitation Center, the Rosalie Goldberg Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Ina and Jack Kay Hospice, which provides supportive care and outreach homecare for the terminally ill.
Our Face to the Future - The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower is now open!
With 500 beds, 20 operating rooms, 60 intensive care beds, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower houses the ultra-modern Heart Institute, and all surgical and medical treatment departments and units, as well as all specialized intensive care units.


Special hMedicine Edition of hNews

With the opening of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Ein Kerem, all eyes are focused on Hadassah's state of the art patient care and pioneering medical research. This month, we bring you news of patients, physicians, medical partnerships, and a look into the future of medicine through applied biotech research. Check out hNews by going to www.hadassah.org for the rest of the stories.

  What's Happening with Hadassah?
  April, 2014:

  • The Peace Process: Updates & Uncertainty
  • As part of the peace negotiation framework, set to expire April 29, 2014, Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists in four stages and the Palestinians agreed to delay seeking any additional recognition by the United Nations and other international authorities.
  • Insight into Pediatric Radiotherapy Treatment at Hadassah Provided to ALYN Colleagues
  • To gain a greater understanding of the radiation therapy and support that pediatric cancer patients receive at the Hadassah Medical Organization, psychologists, social workers, and rehabilitation nurses from ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital, Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility, visited Hadassah for an in-depth briefing and tour.
  • Wounded by Gunfire, Ukranians Airlifted to Hadassah
  • Although Oleksandr Huch and Arten Zapototskyi did not know each other in their homeland of Ukraine, today they are roommates on the fifth floor of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

See more news from Hadassah >>

Study: Kidney Cancer Treatment Effective for Sarcoma
A recent study headed Hadassah's University Sharett Institute of Oncology suggests that the biological therapy for kidney cancer is also effective for patients with sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer.

Read the full story >>


Stem cell research, new methods of delivering medicine and strengthening immune systems- all of these are in the field of biotechnology.  To turn the ideas into practical and commercial applications, a Biotech Park opened on the Ein Karem campus this month.  This will allow young doctor and nurse researchers to contribute new ideas.  Ideas usually start with treating patients and this is the place where the research can be done.  This is the  new, promising future of Hadassah in the forefront of medicine.  

Patients with heart failure frequently do not take the doses of medication that they need, nor do they care for themselves the way they should. The Hadassah Center for Heart Failure and Heart Muscle Diseases  has taken on the challenge of providing maximal care and maintaining the optimal quality of life not just for Hadassah patients, but for all the heart failure patients in Jerusalem.
In order to do so, Hadassah has set up satellite heart failure clinics at all 3 of the major health plans in Jerusalem. These clinics are centered around specially trained nurses, who create a tailor-made program for each patient. Each patient is seen by a Hadassah heart-failure cardiologist, who optimizes drug therapy and evaluates patients for more advanced interventions such as biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators. The nurses spend time with each patient, teaching them about fluid and dietary management, and how to monitor themselves for any sign of clinical deterioration. The satellite centers have access to specialized dieticians, physical therapy/rehabilitation programs and social workers, and can provide intravenous medications on a weekly basis to prevent admissions.  Each patient receives the attention and the multi-disciplinary care that s/he requires, in a warm and supportive environment.
Recently, in a survey at one of the heart failure centers to assess the program's effectiveness, 68% of patients reported an improvement in their ability to function in daily life and in their quality of life, and half of those patients reported a very significant improvement. The number of patients who reported that they were appropriately taking their medications more than doubled, as did compliance with diet and salt-restriction. Furthermore, there was a 58% decrease in the number of hospitalizations of patients in the program.
The Hadassah Heart Failure Center has further increased its involvement in the community by sending heart failure specialists to health plan centers, working one-on-one with primary care physicians, and seeing patients together. We hope that soon every heart failure patients in Jerusalem will get optimal care.

When President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order overturning a policy first established by President George Bush in August 2001, which severely restricted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, Hadassah was there.  Hadassah members has been advocates for embryonic stem cell research at the state and federal levels for more than a decade.  In 2005, our SOS * State of Stem Cells * campaign sent Hadassah members in all 50 states to lobby their state legislatures.  Hadassah will continue to be in the front lines to ensure that Congress removes all the hurdles that would prevent stem cell research from reaching its fruition.  Watch for more news.

Hadassah has created a national program * Pikuah Nefesh * which educates members and their communities about the importance of organ and tissue donation.  In Israel, the Hadassah Medical Organization serves as a National Center for bone marrow, heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants.
The mitzvah of saving a life, Pikuah Nefesh, is considered one of Judaism*s highest values.
YOU can make a difference by becoming a donor.

This is a very important informational article for all women to know about: 


I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read about women and heart attacks (Myocardial Infarction).  Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing a heart attack? You know - the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. 

Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack:
I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion and NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on.  I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.  'Dear God,' I thought, 'I think I'm having a heart attack!'  

I lowered the footrest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step, and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, 'If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the nextroom where the phone is or anywhere else ... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment.' 

It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it for indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen.  My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING unpleasant is happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be! 

Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can, take an aspirin!  Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

    Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road.
    Do NOT have your panicked husband drive you.  He will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
    Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night, you won't reach him anyway, and
    if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The

Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your doctor will be notified later.

Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count.  Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure).  MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. 

      Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.
      Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we can survive.   

Hadassah College Jerusalem

Celebrates Innovation, Technology,

Science and Health

At HCJ, the slogan "People at the Center" has a unique meaning.  It means educating motivated and inspired students to reach out to make the lives of others more comfortable, healthier and productive.  Here are just two examples:

600 HCJ students volunteer in the community. In one special program, Jerusalem youngsters with serious challenges - physical, social, economic and academic  -  participate in wonderful and fun camping experiences that help to build self-esteem and promote physical and mental well-being.

A student in the Industrial Design Department designed a walker with a small computer built in that sets the pace during the rehabilitation process. It also has a time screen, pedometer and brake system to prevent falling. The walker not only gives a sporty experience but also a sporty appearance.

Looking for a Summer Camp for your Child?

Young Judaea and Hadassah are happy to announce an incentive program for young people interested in a Jewish summer overnight camping experience. We have received a generous matching gift from The Foundation for Jewish Camping and Hadassah which allows a camper to receive a $1000 incentive grant. The grant is available to any camper who attends camp for at least a 3 week session and has never attended a Jewish overnight camp in the past. Siblings will each be eligible for the grant which is not need based. Young Judaea has 5 camps around the country that serve children from grades 3 through 8 and one senior camp (Tel Yehudah) located in NY that serves campers who are in high school. For more information about all the camps and to apply for the incentive grant, please visit www.youngjudaea.org


Hadassah, with 300,000 330,000 members in the U.S., is a powerful grassroots voice for Israel, health, and women's issues. Last year, the organization 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.

 In Israel, where Hadassah owns two major research hospitals in Jerusalem, stem-cell research has been at the forefront of the organization's scientific investigations. A research team, headed by Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, Director of Hadassah's Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research at the Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy, has been working for years with a stem-cell line that is the second oldest in the world and approved for research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Working with this line, Reubinoff's team has succeeded in showing that human embryonic stem cells can improve the functioning of a laboratory rat with Parkinson's Disease.  

Hadasit, which is responsible for commercializing the intellectual property and research capabilities of Hadassah's hospitals, has in recent years developed a protocol for utilizing stem-cell lines to generate dopaminergic neurons that have the potential for replacing damaged cells in Parkinsons' patients. In addition, earlier this year Hadasit received a major grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to conduct research on the use of neural cells derived from human embryonic stem cells in the treatment of this debilitating disease.


New cell growth seen from harvesting and growing bone marrow stem cells

( JERUSALEM – November 29, 2007) Physicians at Hadassah Medical Organization have discovered that it is possible to generate new cells from a patient's own bone marrow – and improve neurological cells that have been damaged by disease. This treatment, still in the research stage, has been tested on 25 patients suffering from multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

 "During the initial stage, our research included studying the effectiveness of stem cells in laboratory animals. We found that stem cells from bone marrow can reduce cerebral damage and improve the animal's functioning," said Professor Dmitrius Karussis, a senior neurologist at Hadassah and the director of the new Multiple Sclerosis Center. "Most of the patients who underwent this process report an improvement in their condition."

 Hadassah recently opened a Multiple Sclerosis Center, which provides innovative treatments and is operated by neurologists who are world leaders in research, as well as rehabilitation physicians and advisors in the fields of urology, ophthalmology, and social work. There are 3,000-4,000 multiple sclerosis patients in Israel and about a third of them are treated at Hadassah.

JNF Launches Environmental Awareness and Carbon Offset Program

Israel`s oldest environmental organization, (Jewish National Fund) JNF, is taking a leadership role in this worldwide effort by launching JNF GoNeutral - An Environmental Movement for Tomorrow. The new campaign will help you to have a personal impact on the environment and empower you to take steps to curb climate change by:

· Helping to offset the carbon dioxide you emit by planting trees in Israel, one way of removing the harmful greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

· Taking an active role in JNF`s cutting-edge environmental projects.

· Making simple lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by your daily activities and purchases.

At www.jnf.org/goneutral, you can calculate the average amount of carbon dioxide you emit each year by answering a series of questions about your lifestyle and energy consumption, and then offset these emissions by supporting JNF`s environmental program in Israel.


Scientists say that in the future global warming will cause coastal flooding, increases in extreme weather, the spread of disease, and extinction of plants and animals. We can begin now to work on reducing activities that contribute to the dangers of global warming.

JNF, one of Hadassah`s five (5) projects, is dedicated to taking care of the land of Israel and protecting the Earth with cutting edge environmental technologies. JNF has sponsored conferences on battling land degradation and combating desertification, shared techniques across the world, and funded research on grappling with arid land management. JNF leads the world in water desalinization and purification techniques, helping solve Israel`s water crisis by building reservoirs and recycling waste-water.

JNF Green Corps for Middle School Students

JNF Green Corps is a club guided by an adult leader. They choose activities they enjoy and make a difference in the world. Members receive the JNF Green Corps e-Newsletter, the JNF Green LOG six times each year. The JNF Green Corps leader also receives a detailed Leader`s Guide on-line. To join, each member registers on-line and plants at least one tree in Israel for $18.

Some things JNF Green Corps members do:

·   Plan and run projects: recycle, test local water, clean up parks;

· Raise money for environmental programs in Israel with a car wash, bake sale or dance-a-thon;

· Communicate with students in Israel;

· Create displays, skits and films to teach about smart environmental choices;

· Make school, synagogue and/or home energy-efficient and….

Earn a dog tag (and a sense of satisfaction!) for each project completed!


Stacey Greene (greenestacey@hotmail.com) & Marlene Magness (marherb@bellsouth.net )

Education Co-V.P.'s

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