In Bloom

Dr. Eyran Halpern, Chief Executive Officer of Rabin Medical Center

Dear Friends,

With Spring in full bloom, April is truly a month of awakening, as here in Israel we have two memorial days, one where we remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and then one week later Israel's Memorial Day for our fallen soldiers and victims of endless terrorism. This is followed by Yom Haatzmauth - Israel Independence Day, which celebrates the birth of Israel and is held right after Memorial Day, reminding us of the heavy price we paid and continue to pay for our statehood.

Rabin Medical Center has been and continues to be an integral part of this country's history. As Israel's premier medical institution we are proud of our ongoing role in saving lives and bringing new life -over 9000 babies were born here the past year and we made significant advances in both the areas of medical treatment and research. Only recently, thanks to a new technique which makes it possible to receive a kidney from a donor with a mismatched blood type, the life of 19 year old Ortal was saved by her father who was able to donate his kidney even though he and his daughter were different blood types. Rabin Medical Center as the major transplant center in Israel was the first hospital in Israel to perform such a procedure which will pave the road for similar transplants and will truly save lives.

Our friends abroad are active partners, supporting us in our mission to provide excelled superior medicine, so I was truly excited by my recent participation in a beautiful event in Los Angles organized by one of your distinguished executive board members, Claude Mann and thanks to our dear friend and AFRMC chair Barry Cohen. Over 150 people participated in this event and I see great potential for future collaboration with this large Jewish community, which supports endless causes in Israel and in the LA area.

As we remember our past, it is essential that RMC continues its life saving mission to provide every medical option to all citizens of Israel and for this we need your support. The gift of life is one of the greatest gifts we have to give, a long standing Jewish tradition of our humanity and good will toward others.

Dr. Eyran Halpern
CEO, Rabin Medical Center