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Send In The Clowns!

A study conducted at Shaare Zedek Medical Center found that involving medical clowns in medical treatment significantly improves patients’ experience. In the study, Shaare Zedek’s “Dream Doctors” helped children with cerebral palsy who were undergoing recurrent botulinum toxin injections. The researchers discovered that the involvement of the medical clowns reduced the pain the young patients felt, not only during the initial injection but also during subsequent injections, even if the clowns were not present for the later treatment.

The Shaare Zedek study was supported by the Magi Foundation.

Participating in the study “was a very special and enlightening experience,” shared “Dr. Sababa” (aka Avraham Cohen). “The challenge was to create tools that can be used when a child is undergoing a specific treatment and to ensure that those tools can be used by clowns in any country and under an array of situations. The study showed what we really already knew — a medical clown that is skilled and professional really makes a difference in the patient’s experience.”

The Dream Doctors Project integrates therapeutic medical clowns into Shaare Zedek and more than 20 other Israeli hospitals. It trains them to work as part of various medical units carrying out procedures to improve patient well-being and advance care. Each Dream Doctor has a rich background in the dramatic arts in addition to the hospital training. Like Shaare Zedek’s other professionals and paraprofessionals, members of our Dream Doctors team work according to a set schedule determined according to the Hospital’s needs.

“Our work focuses on developing trust with the young patients. They call the shots. We follow their lead and together we can conquer anything,” explained “Jacko” (aka Jacob) after the Shaare Zedek Dream Doctors completed a daylong training session with their more >

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    Yom HaZikaron 2017: Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day at Shaare Zedek

Yom HaZikaron 2017: Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day at Shaare Zedek

At the Yom Hazikaron Ceremony at Shaare Zedek Medical Center on May 1, 2017, our staff, patients, and visitors marked Israel’s Memorial Day by remembering the 23,544 Israeli soldiers who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel, and 3,117 victims of terrorism.  Speakers included Yaron Shor, who shared memories of his son, Sergeant Barkai Yishai Shor z”l, from Jerusalem, who fell near Kibbutz Nahal Oz during Operation Protective Edge. He had been protecting the people of Israel from terrorists who penetrated the border by tunneling underground from Gaza.
From the age of 15, Barkai Shor z”l volunteered with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national ambulance service. His life was tragically cut short before he had the opportunity to fulfill his dream of medical school and a life of helping others as a physician.
“Barkai had a strong connection with Shaare Zedek,” Yaron shared. “He dreamed of becoming a doctor. He visited Shaare Zedek many times as part of his volunteer efforts with MADA and at various times he would come to the medical center to visit with patients.”
Shaare Zedek Medical Center today proudly offers treatment in the Barkai Shor Gynecology Outpatient Clinics on the 9th Floor of our Next Generation Building. May his memory be blessed.

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Setting The Mood For Purim at Shaare Zedek

Preparations for Purim are underway at Shaare Zedek. This brief moment in time was captured on Rosh Chodesh Adar 5777 — the first day of the month — as two of our beloved Dream Doctors ferried a young patient around on their bicycle built for two (two clowns, that is).

Chassidic music star Avraham Fried helped Shaare Zedek celebrate Purim 5776 with a performance at the Wilf Children’s Hospital.

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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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Celebrating Israel On Fifth Avenue and On The Air

So maybe it was a little wet (though the heaviest rain came and went during the first half hour of the parade), but thousands of people marched up New York City’s Fifth Avenue anyway in the 2016 Celebrate Israel Parade on June 5, which this year coincided with Yom Yerushalayim — the 49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Many more thousands of Israel’s most passionate supporters lined Fifth Avenue to watch them. American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center was well-represented, both on our float and to listeners around the world who were able to see and hear the sights and sounds of the parade on the Nachum Segal Network. American Committee was the presenting sponsor of live coverage of the parade, anchored from start to finish by Nachum Segal, the internationally-known host of Jewish radio program JM in the AM, and Miriam L. Wallach, general manager of The Nachum Segal Network. American Committee CEO Rachel Wolf joined them in the broadcast booth at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street, near the entrance to the Central Park Zoo, for more than an hour, early in the parade.

Other guests on the program included the inspiring Racheli Frenkel, mother of one of three Israeli teens whose disappearance brought Israelis and Jews all around the world together in shared worry, then grief two summers ago (listen to her appearance here); as well as many notable political and Jewish communal leaders. Enjoy a full gallery of photos from Fifth Avenue here.

 

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Mannon Kaplan and Family Adolescents Recreation Room

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 >

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