Monthly Archives: May 2015

March with Shaare Zedek – Celebrate Israel Parade 2015

Come and March on Shaare Zedek’s Float in the
Annual Celebrate Israel Parade – May 31st, 2015

We will be gathering at 12:30 pm and will begin marching around 1:10 pm.

The entire Parade route takes roughly 45 minutes.

Please meet us at the Sponsor Check-In Tent at the SE corner of W. 56th Street at 6th Avenue to receive your wristbands.

Our float will be leaving from W. 56th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. We will finish the Parade between E. 74th Street and E. 76th Street along 5th Avenue.

Call 212-764-8116 or email if you will be joining us. There will be free Shaare Zedek t-shirts for all marchers.
We look forward to seeing you there!

By |May 29th, 2015|News|Comments Off on March with Shaare Zedek – Celebrate Israel Parade 2015|

State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Installed at Shaare Zedek

Shaare Zedek Medical Center recently installed 20 state-of-the-art ultrasound devices throughout the Hospital. They were acquired, in part, thanks to the generous support of USAID/ASHA (United States Agency for International Development/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad).

These ultrasound units all offer high resolution and operational convenience for the medical staff. In addition, they allow physicians to perform many tests that weren’t possible with the older devices.

Prof. Irith Hadas Halpern, head of the Imaging Wing, commented that “imaging is an unparalleled diagnostic tool. In a hospital such as Shaare Zedek that treats so many patients, the imaging devices never rest, especially the ultrasounds, since they are also used in invasive procedures. This is why it is so important to incorporate the best devices in the routine work of our physicians.”

The new ultrasounds were installed in the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER), Pediatric Departments including the Pediatric ER and NICU, Women’s Clinics, Cardio Institute, and, of course, the Ultrasound Institute. They offer our patients advanced cardiac echo tests, elastography tests (these are used to evaluate the elasticity of tissue, to help diagnose malignant and benign processes) and tests which require contrast and scans during laparoscopic procedures. “A special transducer supplies an exceptionally high quality image during the procedure, which allows for maximum accuracy,” explained Prof. Hadas Halpern.

Each Department received devices with unique functions relevant to the diagnoses performed there and their strategic placements throughout the hospital cancels the need to bring the device to the patient, a process that both damages the equipment and prolongs the diagnosis and treatment.

“To provide the best care we require the best equipment. This is why we never rest and are always on the lookout for newer, better units. I hope these new more >

By |May 28th, 2015|News|Comments Off on State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Installed at Shaare Zedek|

Shaare Zedek Hospital – An Overview

Whoever first called the United States of America a melting pot never saw Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Not only does Shaare Zedek represent cutting-edge medicine in both Israel and the medical world – it personifies remarkable integration of different people.

The hospital combines the ideal of world class modern medical care with Torah-true traditions. Walking past the synagogue doing his morning rounds is Professor Petachia Reissman, head of the department of Surgery and a leading innovator in surgical techniques. Inside the synagogue attending one of the three minyanim for Shacharis is a rav of a shul in Yerushalayim.

Outside on the balcony immediately beyond the shul are two Arab brothers who brought their father into Shaare Zedek because his blood sugar reading was 515 – very high for someone so thin.

The staff is a microcosm of Israel itself. When Dr. Reissman makes his rounds each morning he is followed by Arab and Jewish medical students. There are Chareidim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) and Chilonim (secular Jews) side by side, and religious and secular Muslim women, all completely dedicated to patient care.

On the fifth floor is a Malon, a hotel, available for family members of patients who wish to stay in the hospital. The rooms are reasonable and very comfortable. The cafeteria on the fourth floor rivals the high-end dairy restaurants on Central Avenue in the Five Towns in the United States. Indeed, the dairy products available in Israel are much more advanced and evolved than those available in the United States.

The hospital is hugely popular throughout the country – and indeed in the Middle East. Recently, someone from the United Arab Emirates came to the hospital insisting that his operation could only be performed at Shaare Zedek. To address more >

By |May 22nd, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Hospital – An Overview|

Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine

A new study conducted at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem found that laughter can be the best medicine.  Children undergoing outpatient urologic surgery at Shaare Zedek were divided into two groups; in one group the surgical team included a “medical clown” in the operating room to entertain the kids.  The results suggest that a funny intervention can make a serious impact by lessening the young patient’s anxiety before and after the procedure, less time in the OR, lower levels of pain and shorter hospital stays.

Click here to read the story in US News & World Report – Health Day.

By |May 18th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine|
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    Historic Opening of the Wilf Children’s Hospital: First Patients Admitted to Nagel Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion on Exact Day of Mrs. Nagel’s Liberation 70 Years Ago

Historic Opening of the Wilf Children’s Hospital: First Patients Admitted to Nagel Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion on Exact Day of Mrs. Nagel’s Liberation 70 Years Ago

Shaare Zedek Medical Center welcomed its first patients to the Wilf Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  Children hospitalized in the Jean and Eugen Gluck Pediatric Pavilion were transferred from the Sixth Floor of the Main Building into the new Jean and Eugen Gluck Department of General Pediatrics in the Nagel Family Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion on the Seventh Floor of the Next Generation Building.  The move was an extensive logistical effort, taking into account that many of the patients are bedridden and connected to monitoring equipment and IVs.

The development of the Inpatient Pavilion was made possible through the generosity of Jack and Gitta Nagel of Los Angeles, long-time Shaare Zedek leaders and supporters.  The May 5th opening of the new facility coincided with the 70th anniversary of Gitta Nagel’s liberation from captivity and years of hiding from the Nazis.

The Pediatric Outpatient Pavilion was given by Rabbi and Mrs. Jacob Friedman, close friends of the Nagels, who are also from Los Angeles.  The Friedmans, Holocaust survivors, are highly respected and generous supporters to many Jewish and Israeli organizations and institutions.

Shaare Zedek’s Director-General Professor Jonathan Halevy, who was closely monitoring the opening of the new facility from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he is directing the Internal Medicine Ward of the IDF Field Hospital set up in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake, said,  “This is truly a memorable day for Shaare Zedek and indeed for all the people of Jerusalem as the Wilf Children’s Hospital will enable our medical center to offer a significantly expanded level of care and deliver the best response to the needs of our community.”

He thanked the Nagels and the Friedmans, saying, “This facility, designed to improve health and promote life, serves as the more >

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