Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center marked over four decades of partnership with USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) in December as the Agency was added to the Healers Wall at the Hospital.  The Healers Wall pays tribute to those who have played leading roles in the Hospital’s development.

The American Schools & Hospital Abroad (ASHA) program within USAID supports institutions like Shaare Zedek which share America’s vision of civility, humanitarian caring and social progress. Jonathan Kamin, Deputy Director of the USAID WBG Mission in Tel Aviv, said USAID warmly welcomes the partnership with Shaare Zedek and the model it represents for advanced medicine and its contribution to coexistence and declared “we look forward to continue to have the Hospital as our supporters and friends.”

Professor Jonathan Halevy, Shaare Zedek’s Director-General, saluted the Agency saying, “the projects which you have supported are those that directly enable us to significantly advance the level of care.” He also noted the shared vision between the Medical Center and the United States Government, saying “In a mixed city such as Jerusalem, we pride ourselves on offering a unique service to all the residents of this region and we firmly believe that hospitals can serve to truly advance peace.”

Rabbi Michael Melchior, Israel’s Former Minister for Diaspora, also attended the ceremony.  He described Shaare Zedek as “an oasis of practicing the ideals of a shared society.”

Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the members of the USAID delegation toured the Surgical Operating Complex, led by Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Uzi Beller and Director of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Services, Professor Yaakov Gozal. The new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which is being purchased with funds provided by USAID this year, will allow Shaare Zedek’s surgical departments to offer its pediatric and adult patients the most advanced surgical options and place Shaare Zedek on a par with some of the world’s most advanced medical institutions.