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U.S. Defense Department Official Praises Hadassah-hebrew University Medical Center Cooperation with

Dr. William Mayer, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, presented a plaque to officials of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Ein Karem formally recognizing the Center’s cooperation in making its medical resources available to the American military last April after the U.S. military installation in Beirut was bombed by terrorists.

The presentation on Monday followed a tour of the Medical Center by Mayer as part of “continuing cooperative efforts in medical care, including research between the U.S. and Israel,” according to a statement released by U.S. and Israeli officials here.

The two nations reached a formal understanding in December of 1983 on “the mutual use of medical facilities in the event of urgent or disastrous circumstanoes, including the use of medical resources and hospitalization in Israel,” the statement said.

Mayer praised Medical Center officials for the “generous” offer of its facilities and resources. The agreement provides the United States with an alternative to airlifting injured members of the military and other personnel for treatment at U.S. facilities in Europe.