Hospital (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
Julie Salamon had little interest in hospitals until a series of coincidencesa “karmic connection” (bashert in Yiddish)led her to write Hospital. First, Jo Ann Baldwin, an administrator at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC) in Brooklyn, asked to meet her after reading Rambam’s Ladder (2003), Salamon’s book about philanthropy and charity, based on the teachings of the medieval Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides (known as Rambam to Hebrew scholars). They agreed to meet, and Salamon was impressed by Baldwin’s vivid description of the 750-bed MMC, trying to meet the needs of a constantly changing, multicultural neighborhood. A few months later, Salamon was invited by Dr. Alan Astrow, a hematologic oncologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, to attend a series of lectures on the spiritual needs of patients. Astrow also had read Rambam’s Ladder. Impressed by Astrow’s sensitivity to patients, Salamon was drawn to him immediately. Soon afterward, she received an e-mail from a friend, suffering from ovarian cancer, who mentioned Astrow, a “smart and caring doctor,” and informed her that he would be moving to the new cancer center at MMC. A year after meeting Baldwin, Salamon contacted her and asked to spend a year at Maimonides, using the opening of the cancer center as the focus for a book. Pamela Brier, the president of the hospital, and Martin Payson, the chairman of the board, eventually agreed and...
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