Women staffers at Kaplan Medical Center.
(photo credit: Kaplan Medical Center)
Although women’s representation in medical schools has reached 50 percent,
hospital staff is still mostly men. But at Kaplan Medical Center’s emergency
department in Rehovot, all the staffers from physicians and nurses to
paramedical workers, nursing students and medical clowns were female on
The unusual scene was held to honor International Women’s Day,
which will be marked on Friday.
The emergency room patients were
surprised in the morning to see only women in white. The aim was to illustrate
the empowerment of women in the medical field. Throughout the morning, patients
of both sexes were presented with pink flowers, and staff members wore on their
shirts not only a name tag but also their position, medical specialty, family
status, how many children they have and their hobbies to make them seem less
Dr. Yael Dina’i, head of the emergency room, said the idea
resulted from the process of women’s empowerment in healthcare. The patients,
she added, learned of information on the team’s lives that usually are hidden.
Dina’i stated on her name tag that she likes to hike, while the department’s
nursing director Dvora Luzon said she works out regularly.
Katua, a resident of Ness Ziona, saw the unusual sights and smiled at the doctor
and nurse who examined him. “One can’t manage without women,” he said.