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    American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center Names Rachel Wolf as CEO

American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center Names Rachel Wolf as CEO

At a meeting of the National Board on September 18th, Rachel Wolf was unanimously appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek. Rachel has worked for the American Committee since 2002 in various capacities, including as our Chief Operating Officer for the last two years, the Director of Special Projects and Director of Operations. In her tenure with the organization, Rachel has combined her deep commitment to Shaare Zedek with her passion for creativity, technology and personalizing the donor experience with the Hospital.

American Committee President Murray Laulicht said, “During her many years with the American Committee, Rachel has demonstrated exceptional dedication, determination and ingenuity in support of our vital mission. Blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and amazing technological prowess, Rachel has been a most effective leader, ready to travel anywhere and meet anyone who has the potential of helping Shaare Zedek.”

Menno Ratzker, Chair of the Board further stated, “I have had the great pleasure of working closely with Rachel during her tenure with the Hospital and I am proud of the professional she has become.  The Board looks forward to working together with her for the betterment of Shaare Zedek for many years to come.”

Rachel was graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Psychology and is a longtime resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Before joining the American Committee family, Rachel served as the Associate Director of Public Relations at the Orthodox Union. Rachel is very active in her synagogue, The Jewish Center and serves as the Director of Creative and Technical Services for VIP Passover. In August of 2012, Rachel married Andrew Borodach, Managing Director of Investments at AIG.

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Chemical Warfare Drill at Shaare Zedek

On Monday, September 15, the Ben-Gurion University PREPARED Center for Emergency Response Research, recognized as a center of excellence in disaster management, both locally and globally, brought a group of 20 professionals from the Office for Health Emergency Management of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning to Shaare Zedek for several sessions with members of the staff as well as a chemical warfare drill.

One of the participants said, “We have been talking about many different aspects of emergency management during our trip to Israel, but the staff here at Shaare Zedek shared with us how to develop and organize our disaster management plans and how to use existing areas in the hospital in different ways to meet the specific demands of extreme situations. While I hope we never need to use the training we are receiving, I feel much more prepared.”

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    12,000 US Physicians in Washington DC Watch New Brain Catheterization Technique Livestreamed from Shaare Zedek

12,000 US Physicians in Washington DC Watch New Brain Catheterization Technique Livestreamed from Shaare Zedek

A new Israeli brain catheterization technique was livestreamed from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem to a Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in Washington, DC on Monday, September 15, which was attended by 12,000 medical professionals.

Dr. Yaron Almagor, Director of Interventional Cardiology in Shaare Zedek’s Jesselson Heart Center, implanted a state-of-the-art stent into the carotid artery of the patient, who was suffering from a life-threatening cranial arterial blockage. The carotid artery brings blood to the brain. The never before used stent uses a fine metal mesh sleeve to prevent tiny particles from passing through to the brain and causing a stroke.

Dr. Almagor explained, “This is a first which provides a solution to a problem. This new approach will completely change the treatments for carotid arteries and will minimize future complications.

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    Study Calls for All Women of Ashkenazi Descent to be Screened for the BRCA Gene Mutation

Study Calls for All Women of Ashkenazi Descent to be Screened for the BRCA Gene Mutation

A new study recommends that all women of Ashkenazi backgrounds receive routine screenings for the BRCA mutation that causes breast cancer. Professor Ephrat Levy-Lahad, Director of the Fuld Family Department of Genetics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, was the senior author of the study, which was published on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” Until now, Ashkenazi women have only been tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes if a close blood relative developed breast or ovarian cancer, or was identified as a carrier of the gene.

University of Washington breast cancer geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King, who discovered BRCA1, a gene that in a mutated form increases vulnerability, was also an author of the study, which was funded in part by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“This should be offered as a universal screening test,” said Dr. Ephrat Levy-Lahad. “We should be testing people who are still healthy at a stage when we can prevent the disease.” Many of the women identified by the researchers in Israel would never have known they were mutation carriers, if they had not received screenings as part of the study.

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History Making Baby at Shaare Zedek

A baby girl who was born prematurely after only 24 weeks of gestation, rather than the normal 40 weeks, weighing just 1.34 pounds, has gone home with her parents after only three months in the Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Shaare Zedek.

Remarkably, the baby girl began to cry when she was born and did not require a respirator to breathe. An ultrasound showed her brain to be normal, with no bleeding, and during her stay in the Hospital she did not develop any infections or other complications.

Dr. Reuven Bromiker, a senior neonatologist, observed that this was an extremely rare case. “Ten years ago, the chances of such a baby surviving were lower than 20 percent. A combination of the accumulated know-how and among the most advanced equipment in the country enables us to have impressive accomplishments. But such a case or such a premature baby who reaches normal weight without respiration – this we have never seen,” he said.

Treating premature babies is very complicated and it requires cooperation among the parents, doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians, physiotherapists, social workers, breast feeding counselors, pharmacists, clinical communications specialists and maintenance workers,” said Prof. Francis Mimouni, Director of Neonatology.

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Honoring Antonio Villaraigosa

Join American Committee for Shaare Zedek in honoring former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday, September 15, 2014. For further information, call 310.229.0915 or email [email protected]

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