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Saturday, 11 March 2006
A healing place for children
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I found this originally on Anglicans for Israel a site I visit regularly when I need reassuring that I am not completely out of step with the rest of the world.  I post it here merely because the Schneider Childrens Hospital in Petah Tikva sounds like a good place, wherever it might be, or whoever it may treat.

Schneider is the most independent and comprehensive pediatric tertiary care hospital in Israel. Unlike other children's hospitals in Israel - like those affiliated with Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Sourasky Hospital in Tel Aviv and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer - Schneider is not part of a larger hospital and has all its own facilities, including a surgery department and advanced imaging such as MRIs and CAT scans.

Some say it was the first local hospital to recognize the need for such extensive facilities dedicated solely to children.

"[Schneider] succeeded in making the public conscious that children are not small adults, and need a different approach," said Amos Etzioni, the director of Meyer Children's Hospital at Rambam. "They were really pioneers in Israel."

One of the elements that make Schneider stand out, said Etzioni, is its physical structure. The lobby, a glass-ceilinged atrium that is visible from all seven floors of the building, is decorated with colorful hanging mobiles, and huge stuffed animals peer down on visitors. The hospital floors include classrooms for children needing long-term hospitalization, as well as play areas. On one floor, a man led a young boy attached to a drip tube to a red plastic slide as two Arab women in headscarves looked on. Elsewhere, an ultra-Orthodox man accompanying a boy in a wheelchair stopped for a hallway chat with a woman in jeans.

I make not apology for being a sucker for a heartwarming human interest story.

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Posted on 03/11/2006 11:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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