Monthly Archives: February 2014

Record 20,000th Birth in 2013 Delivered at Shaare Zedek

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 >

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Israel’s Largest NICU Opens at Shaare Zedek

Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem celebrated the opening of its all-new Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in February 2014.

With 72 individual infant-care stations, the Unit is the largest and most advanced in Israel and among the largest in the world.  Shaare Zedek recorded more than 20,000 births in its two campuses in 2013 and the annual birth rate witnessed in the Hospital has risen nearly every year the Medical Center has been in operation.  The development of the new NICU was made possible through the support of the Huberfeld Family Foundation with a gift establishing the Huberfeld Family Birthing Center, encompassing all maternity and post-natal care facilities.  Major gifts were also provided by the Laulicht Family and the Stadtmauer Family (in memory of Harvey Felsen).

The new Unit, spread out over more than 4,000 square feet, will replace the previous NICU at Shaare Zedek which opened in 1998 and had been designed for treating up to 30 infants.  At any given time in recent years, the number of neonates requiring intensive care was above 40 and often exceeded 50. Outfitted with all new monitoring and patient-care equipment, the new NICU is intended to introduce a new level of neonatal care to Jerusalem and Israel.

“We take great pride in our status as a leading maternity hospital and this development is intended to ensure that we can provide the best possible care to infants in need of medical support after birth,” said Professor Jonathan Halevy, Director-General at Shaare Zedek. “The opening of this NICU is the result of many years of planning and construction and we are confident it will serve our patients and the community for many years to come.”

“Our mandate has always been to more >

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Medical Diplomacy at SZMC

Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center recently hosted a senior medical delegation from China as part of the Hospital’s ongoing efforts to promote dialogue with medical communities from around the world.

The physicians were in Israel to study new medical techniques and promote increased academic cooperation between the two countries.

At Shaare Zedek, the three doctors, all senior surgeons at Shiheze University School of Medicine in Xinjiang, a province in the north of China, focused specifically on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Over the course of their time in Jerusalem, they were hosted by Dr. Oded Olsha, a senior surgeon and breast cancer specialist.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center is Jerusalem’s most active medical facility for the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.  Last year the Hospital opened the new 6,000 square foot, one-stop multidisciplinary Diagnostic Breast Health Center under the direction of Dr. Shalom Strano.

Prior to observing a surgery performed by Dr. Olsha, the delegation was briefed by Dr. Daniel Hain, Director of the Shaare Zedek Nuclear Medicine Institute regarding new diagnostic approaches for breast cancer detection and treatment.

Remarking on their time in Israel, the visiting doctors said, “Israel is a great country and the people have been very welcoming and friendly. Our experiences have helped us learn a great deal about Israel’s expertise in many areas of medicine that we will now be able to bring back to our patients in China.”

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Shaare Zedek Medical Center Pioneers New IVF Technique

The IVF Unit at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is the first in the country to use a new technique to raise the rate of successful implantation of healthy embryos in the womb, from 25 percent using ordinary methods to a significant 70 percent rate.  So far, 20 women being treated at Shaare Zedek have gotten healthy pregnancies with the new procedure, but still have to wait a few months to reach term and deliver.

The new technique, which was recently developed abroad but only in use in a few places in the US and Europe, is called “24 Sure.”  It involves examining, over a period of 26 hours, all 46 chromosomes (23 pairs) in an eight-celled embryo. It enables the lab to check whether the embryo has the normal number of chromosomes, with the best chance of being implanted successfully.

Prof. Gheona Altarescu, Director of the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Laboratory at Shaare Zedek’s Fuld Family Department of Medical Genetics, said the technique is so successful that she expects other Israeli hospitals will follow and added that it will benefit not only older women who have a smaller chance of succeeding with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but also younger women who have gone through several miscarriages and are carriers of chromosome changes.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) utilizes an advanced technological process to identify genetic flaws in an embryo before it is implanted in the uterus.  This enables couples who are known to be carriers of specific genetic diseases to know with a high level of certainty that their child will not be born with that disease.  Shaare Zedek is a national leader in this all-important partnership between medical genetics and reproductive medicine.

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