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Shaare Zedek Team Departs for Turkey Earthquake Zone

As part of the Hospital’s historic record of involvement with international relief efforts, a team of six medical personnel from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has been dispatched to the earthquake-affected regions within the IDF’s Field Hospital Operations mission to Turkey as part of Operation Olive Branches.

Shaare Zedek’s Director General Prof. Ofer Merin, who has led several similar missions to disaster zones around the world in recent years, will serve as the Medical Director and Commander of the IDF Field Hospital within the IDF’s Field Hospital Operations Mission to Turkey. Alongside Prof. Merin will be Dr. Giora Wieser, Director of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Udi Lebel, Director of the Unit of Pediatric Orthopedics, Deganit Kobliner , Senior Emergency Medicine Nurse, Dr. Nechemia Blumberg, Deputy Medical Director of Shaare Zedek and Roi Gorodetzer, Intensive Care Nurse.

“As in past disasters, Shaare Zedek staff members will serve on the front lines in representing the People and State of Israel in this critical mission,” Prof. Merin said. “While we know that the conditions that await us will be particularly challenging, we are equipped and trained for exactly these types of disasters and await the chance to do whatever possible to assist the relief efforts and provide medical aid to these victims.”

As with our response to disasters in the past, we know that their dedication, in what is likely to be a very challenging physical, medical, and emotional environment, is a reflection of the ideals of Shaare Zedek, to provide advanced and compassionate care to whoever is in need, whenever required, whether in Israel or around the world.

Photograph Attached: Shaare Zedek Delegation prior to their departure. From Left to Right: Dr. Sefi Mendelovich, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health and former Deputy Director General at Shaare Zedek, Dr. Udi Lebel, Director of the Pediatric Orthopedics Unit, Dr. Giora Weiser, Director of Pediatric Emergency Department, Roi Gorodetzer, Intensive Care Nurse, Prof. Ofer Merin, Shaare Zedek Director General, Dr. Nechemia (Chemi) Blumberg, Shaare Zedek Deputy Medical Director, Deganit Kobliner, Senior Emergency Medicine Nurse.

“May they travel in peace, and return in peace and good health.” [From Traveler’s Prayer]

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