Hadassah to open heart health center in Jerusalem with $10 million gift


(JTA) — Irene Pollin, founder and chairman of the heart health organization Sister to Sister, is donating $10 million in a partnership with Hadassah for a cardiovascular wellness center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

The center will be named in memory of Pollin’s daughter, Linda Joy, who was born with a congenital heart defect and died at age 16.

"Mrs. Pollin’s gift adds to our ability to deepen and extend what we can provide for our patients,” Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, said in a statement.

Pollin is the widow of sports executive Abe Pollin.

The gift was announced as part of Hadassah’s weeklong celebration of its centennial in Jerusalem attended by nearly 2,000 people. Support and expansion of Hadassah’s two hospital campuses in Jerusalem is at the core of the group’s mission.

Hadassah and Sister to Sister also will embark on a campaign to raise heart health awareness in Israel and the United States.

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