12.11.2011 – VISIT OF THE TEXAS STATE LEGISLATORS

Dec. 11, 2011 – A delegation of the Texas State Legislators, judges and  the leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston visited Kaplan Medical Center  to learn and witness  its medical  staff ‘s and facilities’  preparedness to  care for terrorism victims as well as  the hospital’s readiness  in the event of other hostilities  such as rocket attacks on southern Israel.

From left to right: Steve Finkelman, Dr. Peleg Ben Galim, Judge Michael Schneider, Senator Jose Rodriguez, Carmen Rodriguez, Darrell Williams, Helen Wils, Chairman Jim Pitts, Representative Senfronia Thompson, Prof. Yahav, Leonard Goldstein – Chairman of the Board, Dr. Ken Arfa, Gary Polland, Judge Michael Schneider Jr., Representative Mark Strama.

Dr. Ben Galim & Prof. Yahav with Senator Jose Rodriguez & Helen Wils (Jewish Federation).

Prof. Yahav with Representative Senfronia Thompson (left) and Representative Mark Strama (right).

Prof. Yahav with Mr. Lee Wunsch (right).

 Prof. Jacob Yahav, the KMC CEO, who had accompanied the delegation on an extensive tour of the hospital, pointed out that, since  KMC and the heartland of Israel  it serves are in the direct range of rockets barrage from Gaza,  the structures in its many facilities such as  Emergency Rooms, Operating Rooms, Delivery Rooms, Pediatric ER in the new Pediatric Medical Center and many other rooms there, are reinforced  and can withstand the rockets attacks.

 “Our  emergency medical teams have been trained in the ways to give the best  medical care , when necessary, in situations of defensive emergency, not least of which are the nuclear and biological attacks” stated Prof. Yahav.

 He added: “Kaplan has reacted with quick professional competence and compassion to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in the south of Israel . We are doing everything possible to continue the instruction of our medical emergency teams for any defensive situation”

During their tour of the hospital, the delegation visited the old facilities of the Pediatric Department (which will be moved to a new and modern facility next month) and were duly impressed with the professional and comprehensive care received by an infant who had been suffering from smoke inhalation as a result of a rocket attack on the city of Ashdod of a few months ago.

The delegation remained very impressed with their visit and has concluded that Kaplan Medical Center is very suitably prepared  for any medical  defensive emergencies.