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    Changing of the Guard: Prof. Halevy Steps Down as Director-General; Prof. Merin Steps Up

Changing of the Guard: Prof. Halevy Steps Down as Director-General; Prof. Merin Steps Up

At midnight on March 1, 2019, Professor Jonathan Halevy stepped down as the hospital’s Director-General and Professor Ofer Merin, previously Deputy Director-General and Director of Trauma Services assumed the hospital’s directorship. He is just the fifth person to hold that job in the Hospital’s more than 117-year history. Professor Halevy, who is widely credited with managing Shaare Zedek’s rise to become one of Israel’s top hospitals, will continue his involvement in numerous management issues including development and fundraising.

During his final week in the position, Professor Halevy visited all of the medical departments and support units and thanked the staff for their dedication and hard work that made the hospital so successful. Professor Halevy also addressed hundreds of current and former hospital employees as well as friends and family at the weekly Clinical Conference. So many members of the staff wanted to attend this session that three additional viewing areas were set up around the hospital. During his presentation, Professor Halevy said that his professional accomplishments were a result of the partnership with Shaare Zedek’s staff. In addition, an exhibition of photos detailing his life and career were on display throughout the hospital. The week concluded with a farewell luncheon in the hospital cafeteria for all staff.

When Professor Halevy assumed the position of Director-General in 1988, Shaare Zedek was considered a small community hospital well-known for its compassion for patients. During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of 26 new medical units. Today, Shaare Zedek offers care across all major medical disciplines and treats over 800,000 cases per year. The inpatient care rate over the last three decades multiplied by 469% while outpatient care went up by a remarkable 2,221%.

Under Prof. Halevy’s leadership, Shaare Zedek more >

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Treating Terror Victims At Shaare Zedek

On hundreds of occasions since August, ambulance crews have alerted the emergency room staff at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem: a victim of a terrorist attack is on the way in.

The clock begins ticking and the Shock and Trauma Unit in the Weinstock Family Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor begins to marshal its resources. In minutes, all necessary equipment and supplies are at the ready including units of blood and blood products for transfusion, and a team of doctors, nurses and other staff —  who vary according to the nature of the incoming patient’s injuries — are on hand, waiting for the ambulance.

Tragically, this scene has been replayed at Shaare Zedek more than 250 times in recent months, as of this writing. The victims of stabbings, shootings and deliberate vehicle rammings have included men, women and children — soldiers, expectant mothers, sabras and recent olim.

Politics are left outside the Hospital’s doors.

“We have Arab doctors treating Jewish patients, and in the next bed, Jewish doctors treating Arabs, maybe attackers,” explained Dr. Ofer Merin, a cardio-thoracic surgeon who is deputy director-general of Shaare Zedek and executive director of the Trauma Unit. “I never try to match an Arab physician to an Arab patient, or a Jewish physician to a Jewish patient, even though language makes it easier. It would be like saying: ‘OK, you’re an Arab, you treat the terrorist.’ No. If someone is shot and comes in, he is treated the same as anyone else who is shot.”

“There are six beds in the Trauma Unit. In bed number one you might find a lady injured by a terrorist; in bed number two could be a child injured by a terrorist; and more >

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