Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for its ethnic diversity and equality in treatment, Hadassah Medical Center has also garnered international admiration for its quality medical care and research. Thousands of medical tourists from around the world choose Hadassah Medical Center each year, for quality treatment that is more affordable than the U.S. and Western Europe. Hadassah Medical Center is also an integral part of Jerusalem history, having existed even before the founding of the State of Israel. The medical center was founded and is now partially funded by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. The first Hadassah Hospital was built in Hebron, but was permanently disabled in 1929 following the Hebron Massacre.
The cornerstone of the Mount Scopus branch of Hadassah Hospital was laid in 1934, and the hospital opened its doors to patients in 1939. But barely ten years later, the hospital became a military target during the war of 1948. The hospital was forced to evacuate, which led to the opening of a branch near Ein Kerem. Following the Six Day War in 1967, Israel reclaimed Mount Scopus and the Hadassah complex there. Today, both Hadassah on Mount Scopus and in Ein Kerem are fully functioning, with Ein Kerem in particular becoming renowned for its sleek architecture and overall vastness. Hadassah hospital has expanded in recent decades to become more than a hospital. It also has schools affiliated with Hebrew University, in the following fields: medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacology. Hadassah also runs outpatient clinics in Jerusalem, a biotechnology development company and a private medical consulting firm. But what makes Hadassah hospital unique might be its diversity. Israeli and Palestinian doctors work side by side, treating Israeli and Palestinian patients without discrimination. The Ein Kerem branch of Hadassah is also notable for housing the stunning Chagall windows, which can be visited by tourists.
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