Bnai Zion Medical Center
|Name||Keren Wind from Bnai Zion Medical Center|
What is your title and what are your main responsibilities here?
Director of Friends of the Bnai Zion Medical Center. We are fundraising in Israel by producing events, one-on-one solicitations, applying for grants and coordinating activity in the hospital with our needs. We have an office in Canada, we’re starting something in London and I’m in touch with the directors there on a daily basis to provide information about the Medical Center. We had an office in France with one volunteer who worked hard but had to retire. Then the replacement representative in France made aliyah and lives in Eilat!
How long have you been working here?
Tell us a bit about your personal background and how you came to work here.
I have an M.A. in Public Administration and a B.A. in English and Education Administration from the University of Haifa. Before working here, I worked for a company that was manufacturing plastic products for the agriculture industry with a factory in a kibbutz that produces pumps for where cows live. They make a lot of these for the agriculture industry and export all over the world. I worked in the export office as Deputy Export Manager for Europe. I had a good time there - but this was a great offer!
What are the most important aspects of this place – its functions, what it offers, etc.
The Emergency Room and every single department!
How has this place evolved since you’ve been here?
It has changed significantly: we have ongoing construction and renovating, and we bought a new building for child development. There is much going on. Competition is high and this place is run like a hotel with 450 beds with the assumption that the medical treatment here is the best. People say the food is great, and we provide excellent breakfasts – in fact, the maternity department breakfast is like at a hotel [Israeli buffet breakfast]! The hospital is constantly changing for the better. We are doing more fundraising in Israel, expanding donors not connected with Bnai Zion in Canada, England, Germany and elsewhere.
What is the most visible mark of the Bnai Zion role here?
Bringing money from the Jewish community in the States is the key. Bnai Zion represents us – we share the same interests.
What are your biggest or proudest accomplishments here?
Acquiring new donors and money from grants, because this wasn’t done before I came here. And enlarging our circle of global supporters.
What do you envision for the future here?
I’d like to see more money coming from everywhere because unfortunately, people will need us.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job here?
To see plans and dreams come true! I prepare wish-lists with all the costs of what we need, so I can raise funds to make the concepts come true. One is example is that we’re building a child development center and this one is a big improvement. You can dream, want to fulfill that dream, and then find donors to make it come true! So many things could be improved here - we just need to find the money for them.
If you could change or improve something here, what would it be?
Change is always happening here. Dr. Rofe [Dr. Amnon Rofe, Director of the Bnai Zion Medical Center] has longterm vision and some of the things he envisioned are coming to fruition now. His personality positively affects all the employees and is very motivating to everyone.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working here?
Spending time with my husband, Erez, and son Or, who is now eight months old [June 2008].
There isn’t much time for anything else! We sometimes take long walks.