A free-standing emergency medical center is being dedicated Sunday afternoon in
Efrat after money was donated by residents and foreign donors. An emergency room
was launched in a prefab structure at the beginning of the second intifada. The
impetus come from the late Dr. David Applebaum, founder of TEREM urgent care
clinics and director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s emergency department, who
was murdered, with his daughter Naava, the night before her wedding at
Jerusalem’s 2003 Cafe Hillel terror bombing.
Now a nearly $4 million,
2,100- square-meter, three-story permanent facility will offer many more
services. Dr. Yitzchak Glick, an emergency medicine specialist who immigrated
from the US and planned the facility with Applebaum, is voluntary medical
director of the new center.
It will offer an emergency medical
stabilization center, mass casualty center, large emergency bomb shelter, urgent
care center, a regional Magen David Adom and ambulance station, a radiology
center, a private pharmacy and specialists’ clinics for the Meuhedet health
fund. As MDA and Meuhedet will rent space, it will help the non-profit center
meet ongoing costs.
The facility, says Glick, even has an emergency
birthing center. While not the ideal place to have a baby, the facility will be
a boon for the five or six women a year from the Kiryat Arba to Jerusalem area
who go into labor before reaching a hospital.
In the meantime, it will be
open 18 hours a day, said Gluck, who is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer
Prize. The center, which will serve some 25,000 residents of the area, is manned
mostly by residents of Efrat.
More information can be obtained at
www.efratemergencymedical.org.ZAKA BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER
emergency evacuation organization will expand its minorities unit to
more Beduin and Druse in the Negev, Galilee and Triangle of Israeli Arab
in the Sharon area, ZAKA founder and chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav has
“ZAKA not only works for the benefit of all; it also brings together
from all sectors of Israeli society,” he added.
Meshi-Zahav, a hassid who
was formerly an anti-Zionist activist, met with the deputy minister for
development of the Galilee and Negev, MK Ayoub Kara to discuss the
will enable the volunteer organization to respond more efficiently to
emergencies in these areas, he said. The minorities unit is currently
60 Beduin and Druse.
Kara noted that the ZAKA organization, comprised
mostly of Orthodox Jewish men, has proven its abilities in recruiting
operating thousands of volunteers from all sectors of Israeli society
integrating them to help everyone in need.
The Bible, said Meshi-Zahav,
tells us that “Man was created in the image of God.” This is the motto
of ZAKA –
to help and offer assistance to everyone, regardless of religion, race