The ICA assists in the establishment, renovation and operation of oncology wards in medical centers and also lends its support to medical centers and oncology institutes across the country for the purchase of innovative state-of-the-art equipment; additionally, it offers help with the replacement of old equipment with more modern and sophisticated equipment.
Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Campus, Petach Tikva:
In early March 2013, the late Dr. Israel (Rolly) Yovel Clinic for Cancer Survivors at the Davidoff Cancer Center at Rabin Medical Center was inaugurated in collaboration with the ICA. It was established upon the initiative and under the direction of Prof. Ofer Spielberg.
The clinic is currently overseen by Dr. Opher Caspi, and is a pioneer clinic in survivorship care. A visit to the clinic once a year ensures long-term monitoring and continuity-of-care and follow up for survivors who were treated at the Davidoff Cancer Center.
This treatment focuses on the physical, psycho-social and nutritional monitoring of survivors, under the mentorship and guidance of a highly skilled multi-professional staff, funded by the generous donation of Mrs. Judith Yovel-Recanati, wife of the late Dr. Israel Yovel.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by the Yovel-Recanati family members, Shula and Leon Recanati, Prof. Ofer Spielberg, former Clinic Director, Dr. Eran Halpern, Director General of the Rabin Medical Center and Mrs. Miri Ziv, ICA Director General. Dr. Israel Yovel was a dedicated physician well loved by patients and friends. He was a man of values, who had giving and volunteering as his guiding principles. He bravely fought cancer and chose to lend his assistance in the establishment of a clinic for survivors. The munificent donation provided by Mrs. Judith Yovel-Recanati, the late Dr. Yovel's wife, has helped make his dream become a reality.
Assistance in promoting the Unit for Complementary Medicine for Cancer
The ICA assisted in promoting the Complementary Medicine Unit headed by Dr. Opher Caspi at Rabin Medical Center. The donation funds which were bequeathed in memory of the late Fanny Turkel and the late Robert Turkel, will help the staff fund research and continuing education programs on cancer-related topics.
The unveiling ceremony took place in June 2013 in the presence of Mr. Pini Cohen, Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Friends of the Rabin Medical Center, Dr. Eran Halpern, Director General of the Rabin Medical Center, Prof. Baruch Brenner, Director of the Davidoff Caner Center, Dr. Opher Caspi, Director of the Unit for Complementary Medicine for Cancer, and Mrs. Miri Ziv, ICA Director General.
Rambam Medical Center, Haifa:
The ICA assists the Rambam Medical Center in the establishment of the Erna Feist-Alsace Day Treatment Unit, located in the new building of the Center, at the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Dept., headed by Prof. Miriam Ben Harush. Additionally, the ICA is assisting the Rambam Medical Center in the set-up of the Baruch (Ben Haim) Hershkovitz Day Treatment Unit.
Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba: Assistance in the establishment of a Clinic for the Diagnosis of Pigmentary Lesions at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba
To detect and document pigmentary lesions and to detect early stage malignant melanomas, Meir Medical Center allocated a special and well-equipped room to conduct the exam at the Plastic Surgery Unit. The ICA assists in the purchase of the clinic's operating software and body mapping equipment, to be operated by the Unit staff, which is highly experienced in dermoscopy, for the examination and documentation of pigmentary lesions.
The clinic shall be supervised by Dr. Avshalom Shalom, a specialist in plastic and cosmetic surgery, burns and micro-surgery. The skin lesion detection and monitoring process will assist in the detection of existing pre-malignant lesions.
Assistance in establishing an Interdisciplinary Center for Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Linn Medical Center.
The ICA assisted the Linn Medical Center in Haifa in setting up the Interdisciplinary Center for Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. The Center headed by Prof. Ilana Duek boasts a staff consisting of experts specializing in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology, serving all residents of northern Israel, from Hadera to the Golan Heights.
A Mammography Workstation for the diagnosis and observation of mammography images has been purchased for the Imaging Institute at Barzilai Medical Center.
A new work station was purchased for the Imaging Institute, to enhance the efficacy and level of diagnosis of patients' images. The ICA also provided financing for the establishment and equipage of the Mammography Institute, which conducts cancer screening tests, diagnostic mammograms and breast biopsies, using an advanced digital x-ray system.
Clinic for Computer-aided Mapping and Monitoring of Moles established in collaboration with the Israel Cancer Association.
Early January saw the inauguration of a new Clinic for Mapping and Monitoring of Moles at the "Wolfson" Medical Center in Holon. Moles are diagnosed using digital photography. The clinic was established upon the initiative of Yona Alon, Chairperson of the ICA Holon Branch and Dr. Oscar Herman, Director of the Plastic Surgery Unit at Wolfson Medical Center, who is the Director of the clinic. A personal contribution was provided by ICA Vice Chairman, Mr. Leon Recanati, for the establishment of a Clinic in memory of Oren Ziv of blessed memory.
Expansion of the Suzy Eban Oncology Unit at Rebecca Sieff Medical Center in Safed through the Clore Foundation.
The late Mrs. Suzy Eban, Founding President of the ICA, unveiled the dedication plaque of the new wing dedicated in her name at the Oncology Dept. at Sieff Medical Center, established through the Clore Israel Foundation. There was an urgent need to expand the unit due to the increase in the number of patients in the Oncology Dept. at Sieff Medical Center.
Since the expansion, the number of patients has increased from 350 to 480 patients a month. The gala ceremony was attended by the late Mrs. Suzy Eban, Founding President of the ICA, and representatives of the Clore Foundation donors: Chairperson of the Foundation: Dame Vivien Duffield, Foundation Director, Mrs. Tamar Galai-Gat, Sir David Sieff, Mrs. Kay Weinberger, Mr. Alan Sacks, Mrs. Caroline Deletre and Mrs. Miri Ziv, ICA Director General. Attendees representing the Sieff Medical Center: Mr. Meir Moskovitch, Chairman of the Friends of the Sieff Medical Center, Dr. Oscar Ambon, Director of the Sieff Medical Center, Dr. Calin Shapira, Deputy Director General of the Sieff Medical Center, Prof. Jamal Zidan, Director of the Oncology Unit, Mrs. Rachel Moriya, Nursing Director, and Dr. Anthony Lauder - Pediatric Ward Director.
Inauguration of the Yisrael Yaakov and Laila Alter "Strong Together" Support Center and the Yitzhak Kukia Jerusalem Branch Offices.
Thanks to funding from the estate of Yisrael Yaakov and Laila Alter of blessed memory, a new building was inaugurated that will serve as the ICA branch in Jerusalem and as a Support Center for Patients and their Families who reside in the Jerusalem area.
Sarah Markovich Breast Care Center inaugurated at Kaplan Medical Center.
The construction of the Sarah Markovich Breast Care Center has been completed at the Kaplan Medical Center, in memory of the late Sarah Markovich's children who perished in the Holocaust, Micki and Shimon Slepter, of blessed memory.
The Breast Care Center was inaugurated at a gala ceremony held in October 2009. The following spoke at the ceremony: Prof. Yaakov Yahav, Director of the Kaplan Medical Center, Advocate Ruth Slepter, the Executrix of the Estate of Sara Markovich of blessed memory and Mrs. Miri Ziv, ICA Director General.
This is a comprehensive professional center providing high quality treatment, medical service, accompaniment and personal support from the moment the patient is diagnosed until all treatments and rehabilitation processes are completed.
ICA assisted with the establishment of a Multidisciplinary Oncology Wing, with six specialized clinics, located in the Cancer Center of Sheba Medical Center.
The ICA aid was made possible thanks to the generous donation received from Ms. Linda Kaminow of Florida. The entire wing was dedicated exclusively in memory of Ms. Kaminow's beloved parents, Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt, two of the founding members of ICA-USA, and includes a Breast Cancer Treatment Center dedicated in memory of Lois Rosenblatt and a Lung Cancer Clinic dedicated in memory of Irwin Selevan.
ICA has assisted in establishing Emanuel G. Rosenblatt "Wellness Community" Activity and Support Center at Rosenfeld House, Haifa.
The center is geared towards activities and support for cancer patients and their families and hosts diverse support groups:
A Coping Group for the main caregivers who accompany the cancer patient throughout the stages of the disease.
A Support Group for relatives experiencing loss and bereavement, to help participants part ways with their loved ones and continue with life's routine.
A unique holistic body-mind coping group for patients including the study of holistic skills such as: meditation, relaxation, chi kong, movement and breathing techniques, guided imagery, positive coping thoughts and art-mediated strategies.
The Center holds diverse workshops:
Bibliotherapy, consisting of various writing exercises, helps participants release inner emotions.
Movement and dance therapy, conducted on an individual basis or in a group.
Coaching for cancer survivors.
Emotional Freedom Therapy techniques.
"Focusing" workshop skills.
A traditional Reiki 1 course opened, as well as a healthy cooking workshop, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Pilates, and applied arts workshops continue to run on a weekly basis.
The Nancy Rubin Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.
The Nancy Reuben Comprehensive Breast Health Center was established thanks to the generous donation of David and Simon Reuben and families from London, along with proceeds from the fundraising event organized by the Friends of the ICA in London, headed by the energetic Mrs. Vered Aaron.
To date, the early detection and treatment services were dispersed throughout the various departments of the medical center, making patients run from one hospital wing to another, and juggle appointments with multi-disciplinary staff in the various wings. In order to streamline and improve the service, it was decided to establish a Comprenhensive Breast Health Center, which would include early detection, counseling and treatment for the disease provided by a multidisciplinary staff, with all breast health-related services under one roof.
The Nancy Reuben Comprehensive Breast Health Center was inaugurated in March 2005, in the presence of the President's wife, David and Simon Reuben families from London and Israel, Mr. Benny Gaon, ICA President, Professor Eliezer Robinson, ICA Chairman, Ms. Ruth Shitrit, Chair of Foreign Relations and Mrs. Miri Ziv, ICA Director General. Representing the Clalit Health Services were: Dr. Eiran Halperin, Deputy Director of the Hospital Division, Dr. Ehud Davidson, Hospital Director, and the Meir Medical Center staff.
The Reuben Foundation Comprehensive Breast Care Center at the Linn Clinic.
With the dedication of our Chairperson ICA London, Mrs. Vered Aaron and the generosity of David and Simon Reuben and family; ICA opened The Reuben Foundation Comprehensive Breast Care Center at the Linn Clinic in Haifa. The Linn Medical Center is a professional community medical center which provides ambulatory service insured by Clalit Healthcare Services in the Haifa District and the northern region. The new center will constitute a professional, high quality service that will provide women of the Haifa region and the northern region with medical service, accompaniment and personal support from the moment they are diagnosed with breast cancer and until the completion of the coping process and rehabilitation.
Thanks to ICA assistance, the establishment of the new and unique Laughter Room was completed for the welfare of children who have cancer.
This room enables the children to enter a world of sheer adventure, a celebration of the senses and laughter. The Laughter Room was made possible thanks to the donation of the Bronstein Dora and Chernia Antel Estate.
The ICA is assisting in the upgrade of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Ward at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
The Wellness Community Center is operated by ICA.
It uses a new unique support technique that offers lectures, support groups and comprehensive workshops for patients, survivors and their families.
Kindly contact us, should you wish to contribute to this project. All donations received are transferred in full (no overhead is taken), and hospitals are forbidden to deduct any overhead costs from contributions transferred to them by ICA.
Lili Lev Biller
Committees and Projects Coordinator