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Thursday, November 8, 2012
[With video link] American Doctors Visiting Rambam Promise to Return if National Emergency

To watch the visit of the American doctors, click here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZE6ZGsLlUM&feature=youtu.be

Haifa, 7 November 2012

American Doctors Vote for Rambam

On November 6th, Election Day in the USA, a delegation of 20 North American
doctors came to Rambam Health Care Campus
http://www.rambam.org.il/Home+Page/
and pledged their readiness to be "drafted" to help Israel in times of
national emergency

The physicians have promised that in an Israeli national crisis, they will
come here to help––for example, by taking the place of surgeons and other
hospital doctors who have been called to the battlefront.

The physicians were given a survey of Rambam’s disaster management network,
and also voted with their feet by touring the Emergency Room and the Sammy
Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital
http://www.rambam.org.il/home+page/Support+Rambam/Needs/Capital+Projects/Sammy+Ofer+Underground+Emergency+Hospital

“I’ve spent several years trying to learn best practices in emergency
department disaster preparedness,” said Dr. Peter Sananman of Penn
Presbyterian Medical Center. “This was a great opportunity to learn
best-in-class systems and processes from those who’ve learned from
experience."

The delegation was sent to Rambam by the American Physicians Fellowship for
Medicine in Israel
http://www.apfmed.org/
(APF, est. 1950). The organization’s flagship program gives fellowships to
Israeli doctors for advanced clinical training in the USA and Canada. The
APF also annually sends members to Israel for an Emergency and Disaster
Management Course offered in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the
IDF Medical Corps.

The APF is the only North American body designated by the State of Israel to
maintain an Emergency Medical Volunteer (EMV) Registry. Most recently,
Registry members took part in a nationwide Israeli drill testing the health
care system's preparedness for a massive earthquake. “Their response to the
simulated call-up was phenomenal," says APF Israel Director Amir Blumenfeld,
MD. "Sixty-eight physicians immediately volunteered to be in Israel within
forty-eight hours."

To watch the visit of the American doctors, click here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZE6ZGsLlUM&feature=youtu.be

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Photographs are available upon request from Rambam Assistant Spokesperson
Dganit Kenig at 04-8542718, 050-2063363 or d_kenig@rambam.health.gov.il

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