Monthly Archives: April 2015

Shaare Zedek Physicians in Kathmandu

At 8:30 am  local time on Wednesday, April 29, the IDF Field Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal opened its doors and began receiving patients. The largest of its kind that Israel ever set up on a humanitarian mission, the facility is located adjacent to a damaged Nepalese military hospital. It includes operating rooms, fully functioning x-ray facilities, a range of wards and is expected to treat as many as 200 people a day. There is also a helipad nearby, enabling injured patients to be flown in from distant locations.

Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said, “We’re not the only country to send support, but what differentiates Israel is our haste to respond quickly and our rapid organization of our forces and equipment.”

Merin is a veteran of IDF medical relief operations, having supervised field hospitals in all the recent overseas disasters as well as the IDF Field Hospital which was established on Israel’s northern border for the treatment of victims of the Syrian civil war.  He continued, “Speaking personally, every mission is emotional and the more you are exposed to these opportunities, the more challenging it becomes.  In building our team we work to create a diverse staff of both senior medical personnel as well as younger physicians and nurses.  We also make sure to include those who have not been included in prior missions.”

In the first photograph,  Dr. Sefi Mendelovich, Shaare Zedek Pediatric Department (wearing a kippa) treats a newborn Nepalese baby.

The second photo shows Prof. Jonathan Halevy, Director-General of Shaare Zedek and Director of Internal medicine at the Field Hospital (wearing a cap) helping to transfer medical supplies to the facility.

Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General of Shaare Zedek and Medical Director of the Field Hospital, more >

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    Shaare Zedek Medical Personnel Lead IDF Medical Mission to Nepal

Shaare Zedek Medical Personnel Lead IDF Medical Mission to Nepal

A delegation of nine senior medical personnel from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center left for the earthquake zone in Katmandu, Nepal on Monday morning, April 27th. The delegation is part of the IDF Medical Mission dispatched in the wake of the humanitarian disaster which struck the region on Saturday, April 25th.

This is the latest in a series of medical missions in which Shaare Zedek doctors and nurses have been asked to participate, including in the wake of disasters in Haiti, Japan and the Philippines.

The Medical Director of the Field Hospital will be Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director General at Shaare Zedek and an expert in Trauma Medicine.  Dr. Merin is a veteran of IDF medical relief operations, having supervised field hospitals in all the recent overseas disasters as well as the IDF Field Hospital which was established on Israel’s northern border for the treatment of victims of the Syrian civil war.

Shaare Zedek Director-General Professor Jonathan Halevy was invited to join the mission and will be charged with directing the Internal Medicine Wing within the IDF Field Hospital.  He will supervise a staff of 11 Israeli doctors, a team of nurses and support personnel.  The plan is to establish the Field Hospital immediately adjacent to an existing medical facility in Katmandu which suffered extensive damage in the quake.   Significant effort will be placed on disease-control methods with the understanding that disaster zones often fall victim to the spread of epidemics.  In that regard, Professor Halevy will be working in close tandem with Dr. Tamar Lachish, Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Shaare Zedek.

“In the many decades that I have been privileged to serve as a physician as well as an IDF officer, I can honestly more >

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Shaare Zedek and Hapisga Taxi Company Protect Newborns

Shaare Zedek Medical Center and the 160-car Hapisga Taxi company in Jerusalem are pioneering a project to lend infant car seats to families in order to protect the babies born at the Hospital on their ride home. Representatives of Hapisga, which operates a taxi station adjacent to the Hospital, and Prof. Jonathan Halevy, Director-General of Shaare Zedek, are shown in the photo at the opening of this new program.

Shaare Zedek delivered 22,417 babies in 2014. This number is unparalleled in Israel, and probably around the world.

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Shaare Zedek Prepares for Pesach

Preparation for Pesach takes on a whole new meaning at Shaare Zedek, thanks to its unique commitment to top quality medical care, infused with Jewish tradition.  If you think cleaning your home and cooking for your family is a challenge, just imagine what it’s like to prepare for the hundreds of patients, staff and visitors who will come through Shaare Zedek’s doors over the holiday!

Weeks in advance, planning begins for the massive logistical undertaking that is ensuring all facilities throughout our two main campuses are chametz-free.  This ambitious mission is overseen by the Hospital’s rabbi backed up by an extensive team of assistants and volunteers who work with our maintenance crews and department heads to ensure that every corner has been checked for any forgotten bread or snacks.  Several days before the onset of the holiday, chametz is no longer allowed in the building and everyone entering is asked to refrain from bringing in any chametz.

A similarly ambitious plan goes into effect in the kitchen where thousands of pounds of matzah must be ordered well before all the dining services are switched over to Kosher for Passover.  This year, some additional planning is necessary for the Shmita year where we can only order certain produce, but that’s just one more challenge we welcome.  It’s also important to note that the Shaare Zedek has recently come under the direction of a brand new head Chef, Moti Buchbut.  Chef Buchbut comes to Shaare Zedek following stints at some of Jerusalem’s top kitchens, specifically at the Inbal and King David hotels.  So we know he’s been looking forward to putting some of his favorite Pesach recipes to the test at the Hospital.

Once the candles are lit and more >

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