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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 >

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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.”

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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
 

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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 >

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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|

Pictures: Heart of Jerusalem Dinner 2016

At our Heart of Jerusalem Dinner in New York City on November 16, 2016, we honored Rachel Wolf, our CEO, Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt of Teaneck, N.J., Dr. Emma and Bart Baum of Great Neck, N.Y., Talia and Sol Goldwyn of Great Neck, N.Y., Dr. Jessica and Jeremy Kirschner of Woodmere, N.Y., and Michelle and Michael Nachmani of Scarsdale, N.Y.

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Helmsley Neurological Center Opening at Shaare Zedek

‘The fate of many stroke, neurological and neurosurgical patients in Jerusalem is being changed today’
The creation of the new Helmsley Neurological Center at Shaare Zedek Medical Center was marked with great excitement at a ceremony at the Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. With its opening, Shaare Zedek will be considered a Level-One Trauma Center, with neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and neurological care including Jerusalem’s new Stroke Unit.

New York’s The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust gave the largest donation of $5 million to the new center. One of the three trustees of the organization, attorney Sandy Frankel, and his wife, Ruth, attended yesterday’s ceremony. He shared that billionaire businessman Harry Helmsley was not Jewish and that neither he nor his wife Leona was ever in Israel. Yet, he said, “[It is a] privilege and high honor to participate in a project like this and all of our projects in Israel. It makes you feel really good inside…[Israel and its people] mean so much to us. We think about you all the time. You face a tsunami of hatred…You are a true democracy in a sea of turmoil. You should know that you are not alone. Millions of Americans think of you all the time.”
Strokes are the third-biggest cause of death in Israel after cancer and heart disease. Prof. Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek’s Director General, explained, “There are tens of billions of neurons in the brain, and after an ischemic stroke [caused by a clot in a vessel], one loses two million nerve cells every minute. If you can get patients to a computerized tomography [CT scan] unit to diagnose the stroke and give medication to melt the stroke, you can prevent or at least minimize the more >

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Get Involved! Help Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Jerusalem

Shaare Zedek Medical Center needs you and the people of Jerusalem need you. Watch and enjoy learning about Israel’s most important and influential medical facility. Then, we hope you’ll consider getting involved.

By |November 23rd, 2016|Announcements, Hospital Tour, News, Support ACSZ, Wilf Children's Hospital|Comments Off on Get Involved! Help Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Jerusalem|