The Paull family, of the United Kingdom and California, have dedicated a Mother’s Milk Room in Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to honor the memory of their late mother, Ruth bat Zvi z”l. Several months ago, one of the brothers, Jonathan, of England, actually sailed from the Canary Islands to the West Indies to raise money for the project. The trip would take most people a little more than 12 hours by air, but his voyage across the Atlantic with a
crew of three — over 2800 nautical miles — took three weeks. With the “Great Atlantic Challenge” behind him, Jonathan, and his brother Gideon, of Northridge, CA, and their families, including their mother’s brother, recently gathered at the NICU for the dedication.
“To save a life is to save the world,” Jonathan shared, and “nowhere is this clearer every day so many times a day then at Shaare Zedek, a hospital not just with a heart but with a soul that makes the world a better place. Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem is a very special place, but until I experienced it first-hand I had little idea of just how incredible and special a hospital can be.”
When their mother arrived at Shaare Zedek in 2013 she had late stage Parkinson’s disease and was suffering from severe pneumonia and complications of Parkinson’s. Jonathan was amazed by the treatment his mother received. “You see, Shaare Zedek treats every patient of whatever age, color or creed from across Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, on the basis that every single life is valuable,” he said. “No distinction is made between the patient who is young with years ahead and one more >
Advanced new services becoming available at Shaare Zedek for patients who experience a minor stroke or temporary ischemic attack (TIA) are the inaugural aspects of the Hospital’s “Brain Center,” a comprehensive neurology institute which, when fully rolled out, will house Jerusalem’s new Stroke Unit to diagnose, treat and monitor patients who suffer strokes, as well as trauma in terror attacks or accidents, brain tumors and other acute neurological conditions. It will be comprised of an Interventional Neuroradiology Unit, the Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Unit, and a Department of Neurosurgery.
There is said to be “a golden hour” in which to save victims of serious trauma. Following a stroke, however, the difference between life, serious impairment and death are measured in minutes. For every minute elapsed from onset until appropriate care, the patient’s brain loses approximately two million neurons. The extent of preventable damage is similarly measured: the chance of surviving without disability shrinks 14% every 10 minutes from onset until care. And internationally-recognized data estimate a new stroke unit in the fast-growing Jerusalem area could expect to see over 2,000 stroke patients each year.
The Interventional Neuroradiology Unit will incorporate all necessary components to help people suffering serious neurological episodes. Minimally invasive image-based technologies will speed diagnosis and locate a clot or bleed in the brain. For some patients, a drug called TPA can dissolve a clot and reduce damage if administered within three to four hours of onset of the stroke.
The Stroke Diagnosis and Inpatient Unit will include six beds equipped and staffed as a Neurological ICU with physicians and nurses specifically trained in the care of stroke victims. Many patients may require lengthy hospitalizations and intensive monitoring. Within the Stroke Unit, there will be more >
Naama Bagrish, Head Nurse of the Emergency Medicine Department, was recently awarded Yedioth Ahronoth’s Annual National Prize for Outstanding Worker in the field of Services.
Naama has more than 20 years of Emergency Room experience and manages a staff of 80. She begins her workday each morning at 5:50 AM by getting to know each patient in the emergency room and their specific needs. Naama shared, “As a nurse, I feel a sense of mission. Working in the ER is very fulfilling. I like the fast pace, the diversity of the patients and the staff. I like figuring out what is happening with each patient and providing each patient and their family with what they need.”
“Naama instills in her staff the vision of Nursing Management at Shaare Zedek,” the newspaper wrote, “To be professional and human and to stay close to the patient…Pleasant and lovely, she agreeably and modestly helps with everything and constantly emphasizes that an excellent manager cannot succeed without an excellent staff.”
At the award ceremony, President Ruvi Rivlin quoted Martin Luther King, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry…” President Rivlin shared, “Striving for excellence…is the desire to do as much as possible, to innovate, to create, develop, contribute to raise the bar and to set an example…”
Photos by Ohad Tzveigenberg/Yediot Aharonoth
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Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem fields a world-class, lifesaving ‘dream team’ every day, but members of Shaare Zedek’s newest dream team didn’t go to medical school. Instead, they honed their own considerable skills on professional and college basketball courts around the world.
The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is proud to participate in this year’s The Basketball Tournament on ESPN, and will compete for a winner-take-all $2 million cash prize. In accordance with the rules of the competition, Shaare Zedek has drafted an outstanding team including players who were very successful in the NBA, the Euro League and top-rated college programs. The rules also allow for fan participation, and for teams to advance in the competition based, in part, on how many fans they have signed up online by July 1, 2016.
Members of Team Shaare Zedek include captain David Blu, a 6’7” Maccabi Tel Aviv star who was a starter at USC from his sophomore year; Australian Cory Reader, 7’0”, who played professional ball for nine years including a stint with the LA Clippers; Chidi Ajufo, 6’6”, who starred for the Amstetten Falcons in Austria, the Essex Pirates in the UK, and S.C. Fukinese in Hong Kong; 6’1” Shawn Weinstein, who played for Elitzur Maccabi Netanya, as well as Talk-n-Text Tropang Texters in the Philippines; Jean Baptiste Rugiero, who played for Les Canonizers de Sainte-Marie Metz in France; and Bracin Skywalker, an Olympic hopeful who plays in the JBL National Pro-Am Basketball League on a team sponsored by LA Laker Metta World Peace. Two world-class businessmen who are also talented basketball players are also competing on more >
Early in 2016, after several years of planning and anticipation, Dr. Howard Goldschmidt of Teaneck, NJ took a month off from his busy interventional cardiology practice at The Valley Hospital in Bergen County, NJ, and used the time for what he called a “mini-sabbatical” at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. While there he performed trans-esophageal echocardiography procedures, his specialty, and taught medical residents and fellows in cardiology and emergency medicine. He also wrote a number of very interesting blog posts about his experiences, which he discussed in an interview on the Nachum Segal Network (pictured, above), and which we are proud to share with you here.
Sunday January 31: My first day of work at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where the work week begins on Sunday and ends Thursday afternoon.
I depart the city of Modiin in my rented Hyundai hatchback (nice handling, weak engine) travelling on highway 443 along the 1948-1967 border, the back road to Jerusalem through the Judean Hills. The road is an ancient east-west trade route, mentioned in the books of Joshua, Samuel and Maccabees. After just a few miles, I pass the gas station where a soldier was stabbed to death in November. A few miles further is the turn-off for the small settlement of Beit Horon, where a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death last month. The highway itself is safe, an observation balloon with dangling video cameras looming above. As 443 ends, the traffic slows. The “City of Gold” is visible in the distance. The 20-mile trip takes 45 minutes.
Already possessing a temporary medical license, I am rapidly processed and issued an ID and a lab coat. The heart center occupies the entire 10th floor of the building, cardiac surgery in one wing and all more >
Shaare Zedek’s Wilf Children’s Hospital was designed with the understanding that it would serve as even more than a place of medical healing, but as a truly comprehensive center of caring for every need of a child who requires treatment in a hospital setting. This understanding compelled our designers to include significant space for educational and recreational activities and, most notably, the Adolescents Recreation Room, which was donated by Mannon Kaplan and Family (Studio City, CA). It can be found on the Jack and Gitta Nagel Family Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion (7th Floor) of the Children’s Hospital.
The Kaplan Family Rec Room is the physical realization of a philosophy that says comprehensive medicine is as much about caring for a child’s emotional state as his or her physical one. For all too many children, hospital stays can be lengthy, sometimes extending for weeks or even months. The Rec Room allows children an escape from the tough reality of hospitalization and to engage in a world of “release” — including to the internet, movies or electronic games.
The staff of teachers and volunteers from the Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute are available at all times to help with any need. But younger patients are also given the privacy they need and deserve to relax on their own terms and enjoy a few minutes or hours of relaxation.
To best understand the importance of the room we went and spoke with a young man named Moshe, for whom Shaare Zedek has nearly become a second home. Suffering from a rare blood disorder that requires very regular hospital visits, the now 14-year-old has been forced to achieve a level of maturity and patience well beyond his years. He is deeply familiar with all the medical nuances of more >