We, the members of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA) had a dream. A big dream. We wanted to establish modern medicine during the early part of the 20th century as our part in building the modern State of Israel. We set up clinics and hospitals from Metulla to Eilat. With the doctors, nurses and loyal staff from Israel and the Diaspora, we saw this dream come true. This has been and continues to be a partnership between the Jewish people of the Diaspora and Israel.
The billions of dollars and enormous efforts were given with love and with no strings attached. We are proud to be partners in the achievements of Israeli medicine.
One of our major contributions was establishing and supporting the Hadassah Medical Organization, Israel's premier academic medical center with its two hospitals at Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Mount Scopus. These hospitals have served the public of Israel, providing leadership in medical care, research and teaching. As a public hospital, our doors are open to all.
Graduates of the medical school and physicians and nurses trained at Hadassah have gone forth to the cities and periphery of the country. We have provided the more than a million residents of greater Jerusalem and those around the country with hospital care since we opened our first clinic in 1913, and our first Hadassah Hospital in 1918.
We have always been devoted to making Jerusalem the health and health-science research center of the country. Not only are we the city's largest non-governmental employer, Hadassah has elevated the city's global prestige.
Financial problems, largely a result of the crisis in the national health system, have beset the hospitals and have resulted in an operational deficit. A recovery plan has been outlined to reduce the deficit and increase revenue. At the same time, Hadassah hospitals have never been profit-first institutions while accepting patients with the most serious diseases and catastrophic injuries.
We call on you all to join with us in raising our voices to guarantee the future of Hadassah and Jerusalem as a beacon of medical excellence. We need all parties, the Government of Israel, HMO, the unions, and HWZOA to come to an agreement so that HMO can restore its fiscal stability and operational integrity.
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