I'm not going to write about the details of the medical situation that our family member faced. But I thought I would provide a few points that you might find interesting.
|Ichilov Hospital - Dana Children's Center|
Certainly, from our experience on this occasion, the care was top notch. The physicians were knowledgeable and experienced and made use of current technology to provide efficient and professional care. The nurses and attendants were attentive and diligent. We are thankful for this.
I found it interesting that the hospital complex includes a full shopping mall that is connected to the hospital - and located on hospital grounds. It is also connected to a large outdoor complex. This means that patients who are able to do so can leave their rooms and take a stroll through (or be pushed on a wheelchair through) the connected mall or the other grounds. The mall includes an Aroma Coffee Bar, among other places. So you see a number of patients, in their hospital gowns, sitting in the Aroma (inside or outside, depending on the weather) with their visitors or wandering around in other parts of the mall. While many patients would obviously not be well enough to take advantage of this, for others, this can be quite the breath of fresh air.
|Ichilov Hospital Complex|
Our family member was required to stay over a Friday night. So we had to decide what to do for a Friday night dinner. Fortunately, two families of close friends insisted on preparing a full Friday night meal for us. They thought of everything - from the grape juice and wine to the Challah, soup, chicken and dessert. So we took the meal and went to the deserted food court in the mall that adjoins the hospital. We sat around some food court tables with our ready-to-eat Friday night dinner - and made Kiddush and enjoyed our meal. It was a strange experience - eating in an empty mall on a Friday night -but we lucky to have such wonderful and considerate friends.
Things are almost back to normal and everything seems to have gone well. It is certainly comforting to know that there is very high level medical care near by and that we can count on such supportive and helpful friends and family members.