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
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
Involving medical clowns in medical treatment significantly improves patients’ experience, according to a study conducted at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The study found that 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 more >
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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It’s been a great year at Shaare Zedek. And now, the end is near! The end of the year, that is. And these final days of 2016 are perfect for a gift (or an additional gift) to the people of Jerusalem.
The Hospital Kids Don’t Want to Leave: The Friedman Family Outpatient Pavilion of the Wilf Children’s Hospital at Shaare Zedek
Many of Tzippora Notis’s friends have married daughters who now have their own families. From time to time one of those young mothers will call her and no matter whom it is on the other end of the phone, Mrs. Notis says, the conversation nearly always sounds the same.
”I just want you to know that we had a medical situation that brought us to the outpatient clinics at Shaare Zedek,” the caller will say, ”And we saw your father’s name there. Could you please pass on to him what an unbelievable experience it was?”
It is the Friedman Family Outpatient Pavilion of the Wilf Children’s Hospital at Shaare Zedek Medical Center to which she refers — a generous gift to the people of Jerusalem by Mrs. Notis’ parents, Lea and Rabbi Jacob Friedman, of Los Angeles.
If only no child would ever need hospital care. Sadly, that’s not how life works, but in Jerusalem today, children are able to receive their necessary treatments in a setting that is so warm, and so loving, and just plain fun to visit, that they actually don’t want to leave. That may sound farfetched unless you know that the recently opened Wilf Children’s Hospital is a vibrant, brightly colored place with a music room, an art room, a veritable zoo of therapy animals that patients can hold and feed, and even a tablet computer at every bed, available for children to use at no charge.
But, particularly, it is the Friedman Family Outpatient Pavilion that has “changed the whole way that children look at going in for whatever treatments they have to go in for,” Mrs. Notis explained. “Just trying to get them to the Hospital — the crying and the 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 >