With its 20,000th birth for the year recorded on December 24, 2013, Shaare Zedek Medical Center became the most active maternity facility in the Western world. Shaare Zedek finished the year with 20,466 births!
The baby boy, baby 20,000, is the youngest of five children and was born to Ariella Spero of Beit Shemesh at 6:50 am. The newborn was delivered by Yael Shachor who was praised by Spero for the support and caring she provided during the labor.
Ariella and Yisrael Spero are the niece and nephew of Debra Applebaum who attended the Symposium for Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events in Los Angeles on October 28, held to commemorate the 10th yahrzeit of her husband, Dr. David Applebaum and daughter, Naava. Debra also reported that ten hours later, her son Yitzchak and her daughter-in-law Yael had a baby girl down the hall from their cousin. Dr. Yitzchak Applebaum works at Shaare Zedek’s Department of Emergency Medicine which his late father, Dr. Applebaum, designed and served as Director, and he was also at the Los Angeles Symposium.
Shaare Zedek, which has held the distinction as Israel’s number one hospital for maternal deliveries for several years, is currently involved in an ambitious development and construction project to respond to the ever increasing number of births in the hospital. The Hospital will soon open the top two floors of The Next Generation Building on its main campus to serve as a comprehensive center of pediatric medicine.
Those floors, home to the Huberfeld Family Birthing Center, will house an additional two maternity departments as well as the Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care, the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in Israel. Immediately upon occupancy of the new facilities, the hospital more >