November 7, 2012
The Baronette Renaissance Hotel
27790 Novi Road Novi, MI 48377
Speaker: Dr. Ora Pescovitz
Honoree: Dr. Mel Lester
Jewish National Fund
invites you to attend the
Detroit Doctors for Israel Dinner
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Cocktail reception begins at 6:15 pm
Program begins at 7:00 pm
Honoring Dr. Mel Lester
Dr. Mel Lester graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1961 where he specialized in Internal and Vascular Medicine. He holds titles of Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine from both Wayne State University and the University of Michigan Medical Schools. Dr. Lester was Vice Chairman for Clinical Faculty Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine at WSU from 1985-1990. He also served as President of Harper University Hospital from 1999-2001.
Dr. Lester is involved in a wide variety of professional and community organizations. He was the Founder of Michigan Citizens for Stem Cell Research and Cures in 2006, and presided over the organization that was responsible for opening the door for stem cell research in Michigan. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Medical Center, the Michigan Cancer Foundation, the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the J.P. McCarthy Foundation, the Association for Lipid and Atherosclerosis Research in Michigan, the Louis M. Elliman Vascular Research Foundation and the Detroit Chapter of the American Heart Association. Dr. Lester has been widely recognized for his community involvement. In 1997 he and his late wife Geri were honored by the Detroit News as “Michiganian of the Year.” Dr. Lester was the recipient of the State of Israel Bonds’ Maimonides Award in 2004.
Dr. Lester is also an avid supporter of the arts. He is currently a member of the Board of the American Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theater and the University Musical Society. He has served as Consulting Editor to the Annals of Vascular Surgery and co-authored chapters in two medical textbooks. In 2006 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan, a position that he currently holds
Featuring Guest Speaker
Dr. Ora Pescovitz, Executive Vice President Medical Affairs, University of Michigan
On May 11, 2009, Dr. Pescovitz became the University of Michigan’s first female Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Pescovitz is responsible for the leadership and management of the Health System, which includes the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, the U-M Medical School, clinical services of the U-M School of Nursing and the Michigan Health Corp.
As CEO of one of the nation’s leading research institutions and a network of hospitals, Pescovitz is responsible for oversight of $3 billion in revenue and a Medical School with more than $445 million in NIH funding. She leads a number of major initiatives, including development of the 174-acre North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and opening the new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
Pescovitz is a nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2011. Most of her work has been on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, with a focus on development of novel therapies for these conditions. She has published 180 papers and books, and received numerous awards for her research, teaching and leadership.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit JNF's work building the Central Arava Medical Center
The Central Arava is an arid desert region in southern Israel that is considered the most peripheral and remote part of the country. The area under the Central Arava Regional Council’s jurisdiction is more than 370,000 acres—approximately 6% of Israel’s total land mass—but is inhabited by just 3,200 people.
Residents of the Central Arava face many challenges, including the desert climate, the large distance between communities, and the lack of accessibility to resources available in urban centers.
The entire region is served by a small, 40-year-old medical clinic in deplorable condition. It is staffed by a nurse and visited several times a week by two general practitioners. Various specialists come to the clinic once every few weeks, or sometimes as infrequently as once a month, but many services are unavailable,
including optical, dental, and psychiatric care. Residents must travel nearly two hours to Be’er Sheva or Eilat for access to emergency medical services, maternity wards, specialists, and medical testing. Women regularly give birth en route to the hospital. People suffering from acute back pain wait an average of one month for an appointment with a visiting specialist.In total, the Central Arava Regional Council provides medical services to 6,500 people, not including the many tourists who visit the area for its hiking and natural beauty. The current situation is very taxing and strenuous on residents and poses a great danger during emergencies. In addition, it is one of the big-gest obstacles facing the Regional Council in its
effort to double the population of the Central Arava over the next decade. The sub-par facilities and lack of services discourage many potential residents from settling, and can lead to an exodus of current residents. The demographics of the region make this issue particularly pressing: in 15 years, 25% of the Arava population will be over the age of 75.
In partnership with the Central Arava Regional Council and the Israeli government, Jewish National Fund is building a world-class medical center in Sapir, the regional center, to replace the dilapidated clinic and provide quality care in a professional environment.
For more information please call 248.324.3080.
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Beth Cherner, Executive Director, Midwest
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