We’re proud that in the complex world of the Middle East, staff and patients at Hadassah’s hospitals are serving as a model for coexistence, building on our long history of being a beacon of healing for patients around the world — curing the sick, making broken lives whole and giving hope where there’s been none.
We’re proud of our long history — that more than a century ago, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), set up clinics and hospitals in pre-state Israel, curing blindness, containing the 1918 pandemic and saving women from a 50 percent maternal death rate.
And that was just the beginning. We’re proud that in July 2020, Hadassah researchers received six of the eight coveted physician-researcher grants awarded by the Israel Science Foundation.
Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem shares a large campus with the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, with scientists collaborating from both institutions. The 19-story inpatient Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Hadassah’s gift to the people of Israel on its centennial, dominates the Ein Kerem campus. The underground state-of-the-art surgical suites are sheltered deep in the Jerusalem hillside and fortified against conventional, biological and chemical warfare. Hospital gardens provide green space for emotional sustenance of patients and staff. The iconic Round Building, opened in 1962, is being modernized and expanded to meet the city's growing needs. Research and clinical trials draw patients from around the world.
Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus. Fourteen miles from Ein Kerem on panoramic Mount Scopus, Hadassah's hospital serves both as a top-tier community medical center and addresses special needs of the greater Jerusalem area. Families rely on the pediatric chronic disease center, a hospice and the region's rehabilitation center. A new comprehensive rehabilitation center will bring cutting-edge robotics to soldiers and civilians, stroke and terror survivors, as expansions and improvements bring advanced care to busy adult and pediatric emergency rooms, including at a new shock trauma center. Women giving birth continue to trust the outstanding care provided at the Rady Mother and Child Center. A cardiac catheterization lab provides immediate heart repairs 24/7.
Sharett Institute of Oncology, Hadassah Ein Kerem. Medications and protocols developed by Hadassah’s medical staff are used by the world’s advanced cancer treatment centers.
At the Sharrett Institute, patients receive personalized medicine, based on the multidisciplinary approach integrating radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy. Clinicians and researchers provide access to novel treatments. For example, the Hadassah Melanoma and Cancer Immunotherapy Center offers adaptive cell therapy to strengthen the immune response to a patient's specific tumor. Pediatric and adult bone marrow transplantation draws patients from developed and developing countries.
In Israel, Hadassah oncologists have treated the largest number of high-risk carriers of the BRCA genetic mutations that cause a prevalence of breast and ovarian cancer. Game-changing advances at the Hadassah Sharett Institute of Oncology include confirmation that Ashkenazi Jews have at least a 10 times greater prevalence of BRCA1 gene mutations, advanced treatments and technologies, innovative experimental approaches and humane, holistic care for each patient.
The Irma and Paul Milstein Heart Center is one of the world's most advanced cardiac care facilities. Specialists using sophisticated equipment correct challenging heart structures and damage from heart disease 365 days a year. Hadassah's new Center for Cardiogenetics demystifies heredity heart problems. The Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women raises awareness of women's distinctive heart attack presentation and undertakes successful outreach to high-risk Jewish and Arab women.
Hadassah recently opened Israel’s first Center for Cardiogenetics, where its specialists are identifying the genetic basis for many heart problems.
Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) facilities and expertise in emergency and trauma care are world-renowned. Hadassah trauma protocols for emergencies and terror attacks, the moments that can make the difference between life and death, are the standard for medical teams worldwide. When natural disasters strike around the world, Hadassah’s doctors volunteer for national and IDF missions abroad.
At the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine, trauma personnel treat devastating injuries and damage to the brain, lungs, bones and heart. Hadassah trauma specialists share their expertise, training the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Medical Corps, law enforcement and medical personnel from around the world.
The Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women's Health is a multidisciplinary center that takes a holistic approach to women's health. This center includes the only clinic for a comprehensive examination, as well as four specialized life-stage clinics, focusing on adolescence, the reproductive years, the mid-life years, and golden age.
The physicians at the Hadassah Fertility Treatment Clinic, and IVF unit, have been at the vanguard of infertility treatments for decades and pioneered the use of preimplantation genetic testing. The fertility clinics work closely with Hadassah’s Ovum Donation and Preservation Program, Genetic Counseling Clinic and Cytogenetic Laboratory.
The Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women is actively engaged in research and education concerning gender health issues, as well as advocacy for women’s health at the Knesset. Hadassah’s Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse, a specialized multidisciplinary treatment center for survivors of sexual abuse is the only such hospital-based center in Jerusalem and southern Israel
The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is a leader in genetics and hereditary diseases, amassing the largest genetic mapping database in Israel. The department provides genetic diagnosis, counseling for genetic disorders and diagnosis and treatment for metabolic diseases.
The Wohl Institute for Translational Medicine focuses on applied research for personalized medicine, offering state-of-the-art imaging technologies for pre-clinical research — the first of its kind in Israel. Through research, The Wohl Institute promotes the development of dedicated medications and treatments and provides pre-clinical services to researchers from Hadassah’s hospitals and other Israeli hospitals and universities. The Wohl Institute is a hub for studying models of human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and metabolic diseases.
HMO doctors and researchers are rapidly developing new treatments and cures for diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. With continued help from our generous donors, we hope to have new options for patients. Researchers developed a new approach to Alzheimer’s disease, creating a cognitive health mobile app to achieve faster diagnosis and earlier intervention.
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