The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the recipients for this year’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) awards. The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is honored to have been selected to receive a generous grant from USAID/ASHA, this year in the amount of $975,000 toward the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System.  The da Vinci is a robotic surgical system that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. It is designed to facilitate complex surgeries using a minimally invasive approach, enabling the surgeon to operate from a console providing enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Rachel Wolf, Chief Executive Officer of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, stated, “We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership and friendship with USAID/ASHA.  In each of our Hospital’s Centers of Excellence you can clearly see the impact that has been made due to the vision and generosity of USAID/ASHA.  Enabling Shaare Zedek to obtain the da Vinci is just another example of this relationship yielding forward thinking, cutting edge advances in personalized medical care.  With this new technology and thanks to USAID/ASHA, Shaare Zedek will be able to continue to respond to the needs of Jerusalem’s uniquely diverse population, treating patients of every race, religion and nationality.”

American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center (ACSZ) raises funds to support the work of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.  For 113 years the Hospital has played an essential role in the life of the city, providing an exceptional blend of advanced medicine, modern innovation and compassion to all who enter its doors.  With 1,000 beds, Shaare Zedek treats more than 835,000 patients a year in 30 inpatient departments, 70 outpatient units and ER. The Wilf Woman and Infant Center on “Charlie’s Floor” and Shaare Zedek’s City Center Campus (formerly Bikur Cholim Hospital) welcomed 22,417 babies in 2014, making it the most active maternity department in the country and most likely the entire Western world.  Other Shaare Zedek “Centers of Excellence” include the Jesselson Heart Center, Jerusalem’s premier Cardiac Care Center; The Weinstock Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor; The Glaubach Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine; The Huberfeld Family Neonatal Intensive Care Complex and The Fuld Department of Medical Genetics.   Shaare Zedek serves as a teaching hospital, academically affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.