American Experts See Preview in New York of Model of New Jerusalem Medical Center
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American Experts See Preview in New York of Model of New Jerusalem Medical Center

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A group of American hospital planners, administrators and architects was given a preview here today of the model and plans of a new Medical Center to be built in Jerusalem, which will contain a radial unit for the acutely ill, designed to reduce substantially the distances traversed by nurses and physicians in most hospitals today.

The scale model was displayed in the offices of Hadassah by Joseph Neufeld, the architect, who was prominent in European and Palestinian architectural circles before he came to the United States in 1940, and by Dr. E. D. Rosenfeld, executive director of the proposed Long Island Jewish Hospital, chairman of the Planning and Construction Committee of the Medical Advisory Board of Hadassah and the Hebrew University, builders of the new Center. Hadassah leaders present were Mrs. S. W. Halprin, national president and Mrs. Rebecca Shulman, chairman of the Medical Center Building Committee.

The Center will be constructed in modern Jerusalem, in an area already mapped out for expansion of the fast-growing Israel capital, whose population has increased to nearly 125,000 since the State was founded three years ago. When completed it will comprise three major units: new quarters for the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing with teaching and living facilities for 150 nurses; the 430 bed Rothschild-Hadassah University Hospital; and the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, first and only Medical School in Israel, opened in May 1949.

Dr. Rosenfeld said that the new Center is designed to combine “the best thinking in hospital architecture and planning in the United States. It has been visualized as a real community health facility, in which the physician and student can come into closer relationship with the hospital, and in which the hospital can combine most of the practice of medicine within its walls and grounds. We have attempted to concentrate service facilities in central cores, leaving the periphery for patient comfort. Expensive duplications have been avoided.”

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