We have been busy in 2019! Here are just some of the activities we have been involved with. Please view Ruth Rosen’s report.

In January we saw the turning of the sod for the new Jerusalem Rehabilitation Center at Hadassah Mt Scopus. Its construction is now progressing and well on its way to fulfilment!

The new Rehab Center will be a state-of-the-art facility, able to meet the growing demand for high quality rehabilitation services, with multi-disciplinary treatments available. These will contribute to a healthy state of mind through improved movement.

In the words of Dr Tamar Elram, Director Hadassah Mt Scopus: “The new Rehabilitation Center at Mount Scopus will help people regain hope and their physical capabilities… restoring their independence and dignity.”

An aerial view of the entire construction site and chisel drilling to form the foundation and strengthen the outer shell of the new Rehabilitation Center.

In March we celebrated a warm and happy Purim with sick kids at four children’s  hospitals in Australia – Royal Children’s and Monash in Melbourne and  Westmead and Randwick Children’s in Sydney, as well as the two campuses  of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem – who received Hadassah Australia  Mishloach Manot through the wonderful medical clowns.

Starlight Captains with Ron Finkel and Ruth Rosen at Monash Children's Hospital

Sincere thanks to Maureen Barten, Our Big Kitchen and Starlight Foundation, Access, Akim and the Medical Clowns in Israel and our generous sponsors. Special thanks to the Mt Scopus kinders who were presented with a Certificate  of Appreciation for their support  for the Medical Clowns and Purim. It was a joy to spend time with them!

Hadassah Australia’s generous donors have continued to support Hadassah Hospital’s Jerusalem Crisis Intervention Center and the Medical Clowns program as well as the Hadassah-inspired early childhood program of Goshen.

Dr Dafna Idan and Dr Maya Yaari completed their fellowships at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community and Child Health and returned to Israel in April to take up their positions at Goshen.

Goshen’s Dr Dafna Idan and Dr Maya Yaari with Prof Frank Oberklaid

The major focus of our Rosh Hashana campaign, which will continue into the coming year, has been our support for the Hadassah Ethiopian Nursing Scholarships, helping to create a better life and better future for young Ethiopian-Israelis. We thank all those who have come on-board and look forward to making sure that through our partnership with the UIA, we will succeed in supporting the program for the new 2020 cohort of students. Read more about the launch of the partnership here.

Erev Rosh Hashana saw the exciting visit of the Goot and Saunders Families to Hadassah Hospital to meet the Medical Clowns and see them in action, attend a ward visit, see the Chagall Windows and hear from Head of Pediatrics, Prof Eitan Kerem and Head of Pediatric Emergency, Dr Saar Hashavaya.

A major achievement this year was the establishment of the HAMRC – Hadassah Australia Medical Research & Collaborations Foundation – as a full DGR-1 health promotion charity. HAMRC has a separate  board and a scientific advisory committee comprising world-renowned medical scientists and health entrepreneurs as well as a strong business development committee. All of these people will have an important role to play in bringing together Australian researchers and Hadassah clinical researchers to translate ideas into important research to benefit Israel, Australia and the world. More exciting news in 2020! 

Hadassah Clinical researcher, Prof Benny Reubinoff

The opening in September of the new Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit (BMT) at Hadassah Ein Kerem under the leadership of world-renowned BMT specialist Prof Polina Stepensky, will significantly expand Hadassah’s BMT capacity and enable 100 children a year to receive this life-saving treatment. A fellowship program auspiced by Project Rozana will see Dr Khadra Salami train under Prof Stepensky and enable her to take back her skills and knowledge to Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem. Dr Salami is one of only four paediatric haemato-oncology specialists in the Palestinian Territories, and the only woman! This is not only a personal achievement for her, but for the wider Palestinian community.

In November Hadassah Medical Center together with Project Rozana International and the Hebron-based NGO Green Land Society for Health Development were awarded a major European Union Peace Initiative grant of €741,286 (US$820,246, A$1,193,650) to expand the work of the Binational School of Psychotherapy led by Prof Esti Galili-Weisstub and based at Hadassah Mt. Scopus.
The BNSP was established in 2016 to train Palestinian and Israeli child psychologists in the latest strategies and techniques for dealing with children in the region suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

You can read many more exciting stories about what makes Hadassah Medical Organisation more than a hospital here.