U.S.-born Doctor Wins Award for Running Efrat Clinic

Dr. Yitzchak Glick, who founded the Efrat Emergency Medical Center in 2000, moved to Israel from New York with his parents in 1974.

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Dr. Yitzchak Glick, founder and chairman of the Efrat Emergency Medical Center, will be honored later this month as one of the recipients of the 2012 Moskowitz Prize for Zionism.

The awards ceremony will be held on April 22 in the City of David. The $100,000 prize, which will be split with two other winners, is intended to honor Israeli citizens and residents who "put Zionism into action in today's Israeli society - at times risking their own personal security, placing the collective before personal needs, and doing what it takes to ensure a strong, secure Jewish homeland," according to the Moskowitz Prize website.

Dr. Yitzchak Glick (Center).

Glick, who founded the Efrat Emergency Medical Center in 2000, moved to Israel from New York with his parents in 1974. His father, Prof. Shimon Glick, was among those who established the medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he eventually became the dean.

Living in Efrat since 1993, Glick has served as the center's medical director in a strictly volunteer position.

"We basically organized a core group of volunteers that took part in all the stages of initiating, building and operating the medical center," Glick told Anglo File on Wednesday.

The center, which serves Israelis and Palestinians in Gush Etzion and sees 50 to 100 visitors a day, provides several services - among them, urgent care, Magen David Adom, police, radiology, pharmacy and women's health services.

The training center is named for Dr. David Applebaum, the late U.S.-born physician and head of ER at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center who was killed in the 2003 Cafe Hillel terror attack in Jerusalem. Applebaum had assisted significantly in the initial stages of the center's establishment, Glick said.

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