Shaare Zedek continued its development momentum. First stage: digging the foundations for an advanced Radiotherapy Institute and a huge parking lot, as well as building a large shopping center for the benefit of patients and visitors alike. New clinics have been opened and the range of activities expanded quite significantly. It was definitely Shaare Zedek's year!
The trend of growth and innovation that has characterized Shaare Zedek Medical Center over the last decade continued on an unprecedented scale. We arrived at the end of the Jewish year (September 2018) with: more than 163,000 referrals to ER, of which 34,756 were children; approximately 36,000 operations; 576,797 in outpatient clinics, 86,388 hospitalizations, and 22,350 babies born at Shaare Zedek over the last year!
The new Brain Unit expanded its activities with 338 brain operations, more than 216 brain catheterizations, about 1,000 referrals to Emergency Medicine with suspected strokes or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) (of which 130 were treated with TPA, a substance injected into the veins to dissolve the blood clots causing the stroke).
New Director-General. Prof. Jonathan Halevy announced his intentions to retire from hospital management after 31 years of sterling service. Dr. Ofer Marin, Deputy Director-General for the last 10 years and Head of the hospital's Trauma Unit, will replace him, entering his new position in six months' time.
Work begins on recently approved master plan. Building has started on the innovative Radiotherapy Institute, which will be part of the future Cancer Center, and foundations have been dug for an underground parking lot containing 800 spaces, which will ease congestion. A large shopping center has also been dedicated, with a wide range of services – food, mini-market, books, gifts and soon a pharmacy too. At the start of the new year, the Vision Correction Center will begin operations, including a center for removing glasses using laser technology and other advanced techniques for correcting people's vision.
New Specialized Clinics. These include the Dry Eye Clinic, the Artificial Heart Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic for treating brain tumors, a clinic for treating breast cancer in young women and a Sports Medicine clinic.
Advanced Equipment. Shaare Zedek continues its tradition of being at the forefront of technology and – among other things – bought a special laser machine enabling precise diagnosis and treatment of refraction problems; an OCT which identifies hidden retinal layers and provides better surgical results, and a CT Force device (the only one of its kind in Israel), expected to vastly improve our ability to diagnose heart diseases.
Innovative Medicine. For the first time Shaare Zedek used implants (in the skull and the hand) produced using 3D printing; a first micro-invasive procedure for treating reflux; freezing tumors at the Vascular Defects Clinic, brain surgery using a robotic device, employing a micro balloon to treat defects in brain veins, a unique micro-invasive procedure for treating arthritis in the knees, revolutionary surgery (the first in the country) using electrode implants to treat cardiac dysrhythmia, and more.
Extensive Research Activities. Scientists in Shaare Zedek's stem cells laboratory managed to repair a genetic defect using an innovative technique; Nano-Drops that could make glasses redundant (in a joint study with Bar-Ilan University); a breakthrough in the Pediatric Neurology Department study about using medical cannabis to treat autism in children; the Breast Oncology Unit is leading an international study dealing with pregnancy after breast cancer, and at the beginning of 2019, we are planning to lead the first international study of reducing breast cancer risk among healthy carriers of the BRCA1 mutation.
Global Medicine. As part of its mission, Shaare Zedek Medical Center is involved in humanitarian efforts around the globe. Among other projects – and for the second year running – we are helping to train doctors from Gondar, Ethiopia. Special humanitarian surgery was conducted on an infant girl with Mongolian parents; an Ethiopian tourist injured in a road accident was successfully treated in our Neurosurgery Department, with the aid of the Ethiopian Embassy.
International Recognition. Shaare Zedek Medical Center was awarded various prizes and awards by local and international bodies. First and foremost, we were recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an international training center for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) gave Dr. Anat Shatz, founder of the Pediatric Breathing and Sleep Disorders Unit and Pediatric Respiratory Problems researcher, and Dr. Shmuel Goldberg, specialist in Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases, a special award for their "outstanding contribution in the field of cot deaths – preventing risk of sudden infant death." The University of Pudan, China, presented an honorary award to Prof. Dan Turner, Head of the Pediatric Gastro and Nutrition Institute and the Pediatric Crohn's and Colitis Center; the EMET award (second in importance to the Israel Prize) was awarded to Prof. Efrat Levi-Lahad, Director of the Genetics Institute at Shaare Zedek, for her work in developing Genetics research in Israel; the Israel Medical Association prize for excellence was awarded to Prof. Francis Mimouni, Head of Shaare Zedek's Neonatology Department, for his contribution to Neonatology in Israel.
New Staff. Over the past year, Shaare Zedek has welcomed a large number of senior doctors as well as appointing new department directors: Prof. Benjamin (Ben) Koren, Head of the Radiotherapy Institute (Unit), Prof. Michael Glickson, to manage the Integrated Cardiology Center, Dr. David Smadja, Head of the Refraction Center and the Ophthalmology Research Unit, Dr. Salis Tager, Head of the Cardio Thoracic Surgery Department in the Integrated Cardiology Center, Dr. Shani Paluch-Shimon, Head of the Breast Oncology Unit and Dr. Eliel Ben David, Head of the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Unit.
More New Department Heads: Dr. Yoav Gronovitz, Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shachar Tal, Oncological Neurosurgery, Prof. Boris Chertin, Urology, Dr. Ori Chen, Obstetrics Ultrasound, Dr. Aharon Tevet, Delivery Rooms, Dr. Linda Shavit, Adult Nephrology, Dr. Adi Butnero, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Dr. Talia Volk, Internal Medicine D, Dr. Ilan Kafka, Endo-Urology, Dr. Ehud Jacobson, Mechanical Treatment for Cardiac Failure, Vered Huber-Machlin, Physiotherapy Service, and Ravit Zamir, Social Services.