The discovery of a mummified Korean child with relatively preserved organs enabled an Israeli-South Korean scientific team to conduct genetic analysis which revealed a hepatitis B virus that is common in Southeast Asia.
While on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, Patrick Griffin from Nebraska became ill with a gastroenterology problem. When it was ultimately determined he needed surgery, Mr. Griffin’s sister connected him to an air ambulance company in Tel Aviv which, in turn, referred him to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. David Linton, Director of Intensive Care Medicine and a pilot.
A long-standing collaboration between the Hadassah University Medical Center and the Belfast (Ireland) City Hospital Trust Cardiac Anesthesia Department which began with guest lectures in Israel and Ireland has led to a joint research project using a ventilator invented in Israel.
In an article which was recently published in the World Journal of Surgery, Hadassah University Medical Center trauma specialists shared their finding that introducing an intensified, high-level supervision approach to trauma care decreases the percent of fatalities.
A mass casualty drill at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem in early June began with “wounded” victims being brought by ambulance to Hadassah’s Trauma Unit. The wounded were examined for radiation contamination by specially dressed hospital personnel (left) and those that were found to be “polluted” were washed as part of the decontamination process (right). For this drill, a secondary emergency room was opened in the lobby of Hadassah’s Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. The entire operation was supervised by teams from Israel’s Ministry of Health, Home Front Command of the Israel Defense Forces, and Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
When I came to Hadassah, everyone was excited and involved in the move to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Everyone was committed to the project; everyone was energized by the task. Everyone took to heart the words: “We’re not waiting for the future. We’re building it.” These are important words – words that apply to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, but even more to the entire Hadassah Medical Organization.
While spending time with her daughter in northern Israel, Roberta (Bobbi) Ebert fell down a flight of stone stairs and found herself a patient in the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and finally on the Orthopedic floor of the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
It is often said that while Israel is not endowed with a large supply of natural resources, we are rich in brain power. This has been proven repeatedly in the last few decades as creative ideas continuously emerge from the minds of Israeli scientists and find their way to the marketplace.
Using placental mesenchymal stem cells--which proved effective in pre-clinical trials--physicians at the Hadassah University Medical Center rescued the life of a seven-year-old Romanian girl whose two bone marrow transplants were not triggering the repair needed to save her life.
With 80 percent of childhood cancer victims cured of the disease today, the need to address the complex issues that the young survivors face in the aftermath of treatment led the Hadassah University Medical Center to establish a Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic.