Laying the Cornerstone for the Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Mental Health Center in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The cornerstone ceremony for the Max and Gianna Glassman PTSD and Health Center at the Herzog Medical Centre in Jerusalem took place on Sunday, May 1st in the presence of family members and friends, Hospital staff and senior KKL-JNF representatives. The Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman PTSD and Health Center will form part of the Herzog Medical Centre, which was founded in 1894 and today is Israel’s foremost center for geriatric and mental health care, treatment and research.
Herzog Medical Centre Director-General Dr. Yehezkel Caine welcomed the guests, many of whom came from Toronto Canada, including donor Gianna Glassman and other family members. He lamented the fact that Max Glassman, who passed away last November, was not present. “The person who is conspicuous by his absence is of course the very one who conceived of the idea and outlined the format, and that is Max, of blessed memory. The void that his parting has left is enormous. The intensity of everything he did, his attention to detail, and involvement in even the minutest issues, his encyclopedic knowledge of all things medical, and of course his experience in clinics, were of immeasurable value in the planning.”
In November 2014, exactly one year before he passed away, Dr. Max Glassman was honored at JNF Toronto’s 2014 Negev Dinner for his lifelong philanthropic activities in Canada and in Israel. The event generated enough revenue from donations to build the Max and Gianna Glassman PTSD and Health Center at the Herzog Medical Centre in Jerusalem. JNF Canada officials in Toronto said that the extraordinary fundraising success points to the overwhelming recognition of Max’s passion for Israel and Jewish causes.
KKL-JNF Executive Director of Resources, Development and Public Affairs Avi Dickstein quoted the words of Dr. Glassman on Sept 22, 2014, at the building site in Jerusalem:
“We will work to promote health for all people of all nationalities, races and religions”.
Architect Ayala Ronel presented the plans for the new structure. “The hospital was planned in close consultation with the various department heads because it is they who are going to work there. There will be ample space for treatment and research. The entrance to the four story building, as well as the hospital wards, face south so that patients and hospital staff can enjoy the forest view. There will be dedicated play areas for children both indoors and outside. A roof garden will be established on the roof of the facility.”
Certificates of appreciation were presented to the members of the Glassman family from the Herzog Medical Center and KKL-JNF.
Herzog Hospital's special projects and resource development director at Herzog Hospital Jerry Solomon read the text on the scroll to be used in the cornerstone ceremony. Family members, led by Gianna Glassman, signed the scroll, which was then interred in the cement foundations of the Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman PTSD and Health Center at the Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem.
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