About the project
Hadassah Hospital – Ein Kerem is a major hospital and teaching center built by the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization in 1961, when the original Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was inaccessible due to its location in no-man’s land. The Ein Kerem hospital grew into the larger of the two Hadassah Hospitals (the other was rebuilt after 1967) with 700 beds. The hospital serves as a national referral center for tertiary and last resort care, pioneers the introduction of new medical specialties and practices, offers a complete range of diagnostic and research laboratories, a trauma center and more. The Jerusalem Foundation has supported various maintenance projects and medical equipment purchases at the hospital. It also has supported the establishment of hospital wards, including: the Gastroenterology Ward in 1983, the Pediatric Oncology Unit in 1985, and the Sir Michael Sobell Oncology Day Care Center, a facility completed in 1997 and renovated and expanded in 2005 that provides chemotherapy, immunotherapy, new biological therapies and supportive care to more than 10,000 patients with nearly all forms of cancer each year. The Foundation also has supported several programs administered by the hospital, including: the Dr. Esther Haar Award established in 1992 to recognize the work of academics and practitioners working in the field of psychology; the Colon Cancer Early Detection Program, and the Helping the Helpers Program to help Jerusalem police, emergency medical workers and volunteers, doctors and nurses, municipal social workers and psychologists to cope with the emotional difficulties of working amidst the wave of terrorist activity in the city beginning in 2003.