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    Meet Hermann Kaiser, Lev Tov Honoree at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner

Meet Hermann Kaiser, Lev Tov Honoree at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner

The 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner was a great success. We thank all who participated. With great pleasure, we honored Shaare Zedek’s longtime friend and supporter, Mr. Hermann Kaiser, with the Lev Tov Award. We were glad Mr. Kaiser could join us, along with his son Herbert, daughter-in-law Judith, and daughter Hinda.

Hermann Kaiser emigrated with his parents and brother from Germany to the United States six months before Pearl Harbor. They settled in Utica, NY, where Hermann received his B.A. in Accounting from Syracuse University followed by an M.A. from Wharton. After a two-year Army draft, he married Hannah Meyer, daughter of Dr. Max and Rosel Meyer, z”l members of the Breuer Kehilla in Washington Heights, NY. They joined the Elizabeth, NJ Jewish community because Hermann was employed as an accountant in nearby Clark by RCA Corp.

Mr. Kaiser became involved with the Shaare Zedek Annual Concert through Hannah a”h, who worked at the time at Manhattan Day School. Her connection to Shaare Zedek dated back to Germany where her father knew Dr. Moshe Wallach, the first Director-General of the Hospital. That support grew as the Kaisers visited Shaare Zedek’s original building on Rechov Jaffo in 1969 and then again in 1972. They were highly impressed when they toured the “new Shaare Zedek” several times, including in 1999 when they dedicated a project in the Oncology Unit and visited the Neonatal Unit in the Wilf Woman and Infant Center. Today, in recognition of decades of consistent and outstanding support, the Kaisers’ names are affixed on the Hospital’s Platinum Founders Wall.

Many organizations have benefitted from the outstretched hand of kindness shown by the Kaisers. In particular, his shul, Bais Yitzchak Chevrah Tehillim, AMIT, Hatzalah of Union County, more >

Join Us! Heart of Jerusalem Dinner 2018 in NYC

Debbie and Howard Jonas lead the distinguished honorees at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner, on November 14 in New York City. Click to Make Your Reservation.

 

 

By |October 17th, 2018|Announcements, Events, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Join Us! Heart of Jerusalem Dinner 2018 in NYC|
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    Prof. Halevy To Step Down; Prof. Ofer Merin Named Director-General

Prof. Halevy To Step Down; Prof. Ofer Merin Named Director-General

After 31 years of dedicated service to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Professor Jonathan Halevy announced he will step down from his post as Director-General, effective March 1, 2019. Following an extensive selection process, The Shaare Zedek International Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Professor Ofer Merin as the next Director-General.

Professor Merin was chosen by the Board’s Search Committee for his remarkable professional record as a medical and organizational expert and for his leadership, both here at the hospital and throughout his storied career in the IDF. He is a cardiothoracic surgeon who currently serves as head of trauma services and as Deputy Director-General of Shaare Zedek. Professor Merin is also Col. Merin (res.) and, in that role, he heads the IDF’s mobile field hospital, which the World Health Organization has recognized as the world’s best for its rapid and comprehensive response to natural disasters.

Accepting the position to serve as only the fifth Director-General in Shaare Zedek’s 116-year history, Professor Merin spoke of his vision to continue to promote the hospital as a medical pioneer defined by compassionate care together with financial and managerial excellence.

Professor Halevy delivered an inspiring presentation portraying the unprecedented growth of the Medical Center during his tenure, at the end of which he was profoundly thanked for all his many achievements.

We are happy to announce that Professor Halevy will remain actively involved in the future development of Shaare Zedek. His leadership will continue in his counseling to the Board and the new Director-General, in national and international fundraising, in special projects and throughout the medical activity of the hospital.

We wish Professor Merin much success in his new role and look forward, with your continued partnership, to giving him all the support more >

By |October 4th, 2018|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Prof. Halevy To Step Down; Prof. Ofer Merin Named Director-General|

Looking back at 5778 at Shaare Zedek, and ahead to 5779

On the cusp of Rosh Hashanah 5779 we look back on a year of unprecedented expansion and development across Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

To the casual visitor’s eye, the most noticeable new developments are a new shopping pavilion in and around the hospital’s main lobby that opened this year for the benefit of patients and their visitors, as well as the foundation-laying of the Radiotherapy Institute atop a large parking tower. More on those in a moment but, at this writing, there is on our campus a 13-story hole in the ground! Less immediately noticeable but also of prime importance was the opening of several new Outpatient Care services.

Over the course of the past 12 months Shaare Zedek Medical Center has recorded the following statistics:

163,000 Emergency Department cases including 34,756 Pediatric ER cases
More than 36,000 surgical procedures
576,797 Outpatient Clinic patient visits
88,388 Inpatient hospitalizations
22,350 babies born
The Helmsley Neurological Institute recorded:

338 Neurosurgical procedures
216 Interventional Neuroradiology cases
More than 1,000 cases of patients experiencing stroke symptoms or TIA (temporary ischemic attack)
Of the stroke cases, 130 required tPA (an intracranial drug used to break up blood clots in the brain.)

As noted, construction has begun in earnest on the Radiotherapy Institute which will play a major role in our future Cancer Care Center. Already completed is the vast majority of the excavation of the 800-space parking facility which will significantly address the current shortage of parking spaces.

A large and modern shopping area was completed for the benefit of patients, families, and staff. It includes eateries, a mini market, a bookstore, and a pharmacy to open soon.

Several specialized clinics opened including a “Dry-Eye Condition Clinic,” an Artificial Heart Clinic, a Multi-Disciplinary Clinic for Brain Tumors, more >

By |September 6th, 2018|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Looking back at 5778 at Shaare Zedek, and ahead to 5779|
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    Four-peat! Fourth Year for ACSZ as a Four-Star Charity on Charity Navigator

Four-peat! Fourth Year for ACSZ as a Four-Star Charity on Charity Navigator

For the fourth year in a row, the internationally-respected evaluator of not-for-profits, Charity Navigator has designated American Committee for Shaare Zedek as a four-star charity, its highest rating. ACSZ achieved the coveted designation “for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency,” according to Michael Thatcher, CEO, and president of the rating agency.

This significant recognition underscores the great care taken with every dollar of tzedakah entrusted to the American Committee on behalf of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

“This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” Thatcher said in a letter to Rachel Wolf, CEO of the American Committee. “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center In Jerusalem exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 15% of the charities we evaluate have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center In Jerusalem outperforms most other charities in America.”

There are more than 1.5 million registered non-profit organizations in the United States. Click here for more information.

 

By |September 4th, 2018|Announcements, News|Comments Off on Four-peat! Fourth Year for ACSZ as a Four-Star Charity on Charity Navigator|

In Memoriam: Lee Weinbach a”h

With deep sorrow, the world-wide Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem Family mourns the loss of Lee Weinbach a”h, a driven leader and an extraordinarily dedicated, talented and hard-working individual who was so deeply cherished by her friends and loving family.
As President of Shaare Zedek’s  National Women’s Division for many decades, Lee worked side by side, first with Erica Jesselson a”h, and then with countless other outstanding lay leaders employing her flair and elegance to build and develop our Women’s Division into a vital and thriving component of the American Committee. After her family, Lee’s true love was Shaare Zedek and that came across very clearly in every event and relationship she established.

She was generous and kind, bold and visionary and through her passion, inspired countless women to become loyal supporters and Founders of the “Hospital with a Heart.” Her energy was captivating and as her granddaughter so aptly described, she was “fun, fancy and fierce!” She and her husband “Dave” shaped the lives of countless Jewish children who benefited from the exceptional camping experience that the Weinbachs provided.

Heartfelt condolences to her children Aron (and Jacqueline), Tzionah, and Rabbi Elchanan (and Yocheved), the grandchildren, great grandchildren and the entire family. May they all be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
To donate to Shaare Zedek in Lee’s memory, please click here
 

By |July 23rd, 2018|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ, Women's Division|Comments Off on In Memoriam: Lee Weinbach a”h|

CT Scan Faster Than It Takes To Say It

Quicker than a heartbeat, the new Dual Source CT Scanner at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem scans a patient with a stroke or other life-threatening emergency in a fraction of a second. Thanks to the generosity of USAID/ASHA and the American people; longtime Shaare Zedek benefactors Dr. Monique C. and Mordecai Katz; and patron Robert Price z”l, the new CT is up and running close to the Emergency Department. In-patient and ambulatory patients are also benefiting from the new device, which actually contains two scanning units in one. This makes it so fast that heart patients don’t require prepping with beta-blockers to be scanned and children don’t need to be sedated. #HospitalWithAHeart 

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    Watch the “Kosher Halftime Show” Taped at Wilf Children’s Hospital

Watch the “Kosher Halftime Show” Taped at Wilf Children’s Hospital

A paint fight? In a hospital? Is that even allowed? The Wilf Children’s Hospital at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is the setting for the Kosher Halftime Show, a wholesome alternative to the not necessarily family-friendly pop-culture extravaganza that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday night, February 4, 2018. The game was played in Minneapolis, Minn., home to the National Football League team owned by the Wilf Family. Starring popular Jewish singer Ohad Moskowitz and social media influencer and filmmaker Meir Kay, the Kosher Halftime Show is a presentation of the Nachum Segal Network and is sponsored by The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The program features Ohad’s performance for young patients and their families at the Wilf Children’s Hospital interwoven with touching and humorous scenes and sequences orchestrated by Meir Kay, including a rather spectacular paint fight staged in a carefully prepared room at the hospital. Meir Kay has some two million followers on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. His previous videos have been seen hundreds of millions of times.

Click here to view the Kosher Halftime Show #KHS2018

 

By |February 4th, 2018|Announcements, News, Wilf Children's Hospital|Comments Off on Watch the “Kosher Halftime Show” Taped at Wilf Children’s Hospital|
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    Shaare Zedek Awarded International Accreditation, Credited With “Outstanding Performance” by Reviewers of Joint Commission International

Shaare Zedek Awarded International Accreditation, Credited With “Outstanding Performance” by Reviewers of Joint Commission International

Shaare Zedek is Now the First and Only Jerusalem Academic Hospital to Achieve JCI Accredited Status

(JERUSALEM- June 27, 2017) Following an extensive and intensive review process, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center has become the city’s first and only academic hospital to receive international accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).  Independent surveyors from the JCI described Shaare Zedek’s medical activities in extremely complimentary terms, stating that the hospital’s medical performance was “outstanding” and far beyond what the reviewers have observed in many hospitals around the world.
Specific praise was offered to the hospital’s attention to the emotional needs of the patient, and areas pertaining to patient rights.  The surveyors also spoke extremely highly of the cleaning standards of the facilities and singled out the performance of the maintenance, cleaning, and food preparation crews.  Reviews of the surgical complex produced reports describing the operating theaters as among the finest in the world. Similar comments were afforded to the NICU, laboratory, research and many treatment areas.
In an emotional ceremony regularly interrupted by applause, a final report was presented to the hospital staff. It followed a five-day review process in which the hospital was tested on over 1,200 different parameters included within the JCI survey.  Using words such as “Amazing,” “Phenomenal” and “Incredible,” the surveyors said that Shaare Zedek should take a great deal of pride from their accomplishments.
Shaare Zedek Director General Professor Jonathan Halevy welcomed the announcement saying it provided Shaare Zedek independent recognition as a hospital operating at the height of international standards. 
“This accreditation and the extremely high marks and praise we received through this process provide independent validation for what we and the people of Jerusalem have long known; that Shaare Zedek represents a gold more >

By |June 27th, 2017|Announcements, News, Support ACSZ|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Awarded International Accreditation, Credited With “Outstanding Performance” by Reviewers of Joint Commission International|

2017 at Shaare Zedek: Improved Patient Experience

In the Cinema City complex in Jerusalem in late December, Shaare Zedek Medical Center held a special event to mark the launch of its “Improve the Patient Experience” project, the Health Ministry’s 2017 flagship initiative. The aim is to improve service for the patient population.
Shaare Zedek has set the standard and is working to improve the patient experience at all levels of the organization – from senior managers through unit heads to the teams trained in service provision. Our training in the field includes developing communication skills and a service culture, and ways to generate positive dialogue with patients and their families. Structuring an ongoing, dynamic dialogue on the topic of patient experience contributes and will contribute to deepening trust and cooperation between patients and treatment providers.
The patient’s experience reflects the way in which a person perceives all of his or her interactions with the health system along the treatment continuum. This experience is influenced by the meetings between treatment provider and patient, from the patient’s expectations of the health system and from the organizational culture of each of the frameworks with which the patient comes into contact.

Defining standards and benchmarks for patient experience serve as a springboard for improving communication between patients and treatment providers and advances quality and safety in the health system.

At Shaare Zedek our aim is to improve transparency and presenting the patient – at our initiative – with complete, updated, understandable and accessible information, speedy responses to requests, showing respect, decency and empathy towards the patient, adapting treatment or experiences to the unique needs of each patient, emotional support, involving the patient’s family or other significant carer, empowering the patient, improving patient-service provider communication, the patient’s physical comfort, making the more >

By |December 30th, 2016|Announcements, Events, News|Comments Off on 2017 at Shaare Zedek: Improved Patient Experience|