“I’m starting to think this virus has a preference for infecting the righteous among us. These patients are angels. God bless them.”
– Nurse Rachel Gemara, COVID-19 Keter Unit
A Shabbat of Inspiration
It is one thing to be inspired by the doctors and nurses at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem who volunteered to leave current assignments to treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
It is another to watch people throughout Israel, and soldiers serving in the IDF, step outside their homes to show their gratitude.
And still another to learn how patients themselves are volunteering to help others, who are also COVID-19 positive, but are sicker than they are, all to minimize the risk of exposure of doctors and nurses.
Each moment our brave staff fight this pandemic, we see the best in the people of Israel.
With the creation of the Keter Department, a special ward created to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus, Shaare Zedek has created an isolated unit to treat those hit hardest by this illness. The unit has been outfitted with highly advanced technologies that allow for safe communication between those in the ward and those outside it. There are cameras in each patient’s room that are monitored in a control room. Each patient has a telephone with a screen with which they can talk to doctors and nurses. Exposure is minimized, giving the doctors the ability to help more critical patients more efficiently.
Nurse Rachel Gemara has been keeping a journal of her shifts in the Keter Department. On Thursday she wrote that after admitting a young woman with a cough, fever and difficulty breathing, the same woman explained that she was still available to help patients sicker than herself.“… that patient more >