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I am so honored to have had the opportunity to go on a private tour of Sheba Medical Center at the beginning of November 2018. Molly Soboroff and Rachel Blankstein were so kind in organizing my private tour with Debbie Wechsler who works for Sheba Medical Center. We met at the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital where Professor Brian Reichman gave us a private tour.
What stood out to me the most in this visit was seeing first hand Arabs and Israelis working side by side to help heal patients. Sheba truly doesn’t discriminate about who the patients are. The tour of the Children’s hospital with Professor Reichman was incredible, he was a wealth of information and was very open to share with me what goes on behind the scenes working for a public hospital.
After the tour of the Children’s hospital, Debbie took me to view the rehabilitation center. I was most interested in seeing what type of rehab facility they have at Sheba since I work for an adaptive sports nonprofit that provides sports opportunities for the physically disabled and visually impaired. Having a dedicated rehab facility at the hospital is crucial for patients to learn the skill sets as to adapt to their daily lives. For example, Sheba Medical Center has their own individual apartment where patients going through therapy can live and become confident of living on their own. This mock apartment allows patients to practice with a therapist in the room simple mundane tasks like opening the refrigerator or getting into a car. The parking lot next to the apartment inside the hospital has a dedicated car for patients to practice getting in and out of the car. What was so special for me was to see first-hand that Sheba not only takes care of their patients while they are under their care, but they are focusing on the quality of life for patients after they leave the hospital.
Lastly, on the tour, I was able to visit the Eating Disorders Department. I have never seen in a hospital a dedicated department to treating eating disorders and it was set up like a dorm room, where patients live and also go to school. Once again, Sheba is thinking not just about the physical ailments, but does a lot of work on focusing on mental health which is so important in this day in age.
If you’ve read this far, thank you for learning about my visit to Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer!!
This year, my mom and I have the honor of being on the Friends of Sheba Women of Achievement Luncheon Committee where the fundraising efforts will be used to build new rooms and purchase equipment for the pediatric laser treatment center. Nearly all children who are treated at Sheba’s Burn Center are eligible for treatment at zero cost thanks to Israel’s Ministry of Health.
This state-of-the-art facility will be used to transform the lives of children suffering from severe burns. I would like to raise money for this groundbreaking pediatric aesthetic and reconstructive laser technology that helps minimize risk for all patients. My fundraising goal is to raise $3,600 dollars with the hope of exceeding that goal and reaching $5,000. Please, join me in donating to Sheba as your fiscal donations make a big difference in a child’s life recovering from a severe burn.
I look forward to visiting Sheba again in the near future as this visit really solidified my passion for helping Sheba Medical Center.
Sheba 2.0 Committee Member
Angel City Sports