Amid the unrelenting horrors of war and his nonstop interviews with the domestic and international media, Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari took the time to visit ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran and check in on his brother, Yoni, who has severe disabilities and was one of the rehabilitation village’s first residents.
Though serving as the IDF Spokesman during wartime is a crucially important job, Hagari believes that his role as a loving and supportive brother will always take precedence. Additionally, visiting ADI has always given Hagari new life during difficult times and consistently renews his faith in humanity, he has said.
While at the village, Hagari also visited rehabilitation patients at the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center, the first and only rehabilitation hospital in Israel’s south, noting the exceptional patient care being provided by the professional staff during stressful and uncertain times.
In an effort to extend that high-level care to additional citizens in the south and do its part to heal Israel’s many war-wounded civilians and IDF soldiers, ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran is opening a new 28-bed emergency ward that will provide medical, rehabilitative and emotional services. Israel’s shortage of rehabilitation beds was serious even before the war began, but now it is much more severe, with 4,500 wounded Israelis vying for the same beds in the center and north. The new emergency ward will keep many of the hardest-hit patients close to their southern Israel homes and help avoid overcrowding at hospitals based in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Herzliya.
“At ADI, we have the precious mission of caring for and empowering those living with and touched by disability, so we are used to facing challenges, barriers and limitations. Our humanity and the continuous focus on the person behind the disability is the key to helping each residents and rehabilitation patient flourish and reach their greatest potential,” said CEO Avi Wortzman. “It is our humanity that comforts and heals, and it is our humanity that will allow us to win this war.”
ADI provides its residents and special-education students with the individualized growth plans and services they need to grow and thrive, its rehabilitation patients with the treatments and therapies they need to heal and return to their lives, and the community at large with tangible opportunities for encountering disability, raising awareness and promoting acceptance.