On August 20th, 2015, Shaare Zedek marked the opening of the Nagel Family Inpatient Pavilion of the Wilf Children’s Hospital with a gala dedication ceremony. The gift was made possible through the generosity of Drs. Gitta and Jack Nagel of Los Angeles, who were joined by four generations and over 40 members of their family.
During a private tour the family witnessed the extraordinary attention to detail found throughout the Children’s Hospital, including the aesthetic of the floor, as well as the focus on healing the body as well as the soul of every patient. Escorted by Shaare Zedek’s famed medical clowns, they visited the pediatric intensive care unit, pet therapy area, music room, art therapy room, and the school created for children who miss school because of their hospitalization or frequent visits. Jack Nagel shared, “One of the things that impressed me most was the availability of nine private sleeping quarters for parents of critically ill children who live far from Jerusalem and cannot easily commute three times a day. In addition, each patient room is equipped with a ‘sleeping chair’ adjacent to the crib or bed of their loved one. The understanding that treating a child means taking care of the entire family unit was incredibly poignant and heartening.”
A reception and dinner for 150 guests followed. Speakers included Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, as well as Shaare Zedek Director-General Prof. Jonathan Halevy and American Committee CEO Rachel Wolf. Gitta Nagel exclaimed, “The new Nagel Family Pediatric Inpatient Pavilion in Shaare Zedek’s wonderful new medical wonderland is a place of life for the children of Jerusalem and the future of Israel. How proud we can all be of this spectacular jewel that ranks amongst the top hospitals anywhere in the world.”