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Perth’s most senior Rabbi grateful for exceptional care

Before returning home, Yokine resident and respected member of the community Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman took the time to express his overwhelming gratitude for the compassionate care he received during his stay at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. 

Rabbi Dr Coleman and Caregiver Sammy15 November 2019 

Rabbi Coleman, who turns 101 next month, is the most senior Rabbi in Australia and was instrumental in the formation of Perth’s vibrant Jewish community, which he is still at the heart of today.

Rabbi Coleman, whose first name ‘Shalom’ translates to ‘peace’ in Hebrew, is well known to Caregivers at the hospital and is a man of humility, reminding those who he speaks with to remain humble and positive in their interactions.

It was therefore no surprise that Rabbi Coleman, who was discharged from St John of God Subiaco Hospital on Monday 11 November, would not leave until he thanked the many Caregivers who supported him in his recovery.

Commenting on the care he received Rabbi Coleman said the people at St John of God Subiaco Hospital became my family very quickly.

“My doctor, Professor Eli Gabbay, was very concerned about my condition when I arrived. But the hospital provided a very peaceful and healing environment,” he said.

“Everyone was incredibly friendly and went out of their way to fulfil my requests and make me feel comfortable.

“It is thanks to their care and the support of my medical team that I am going home today. I feel very grateful.”

St John of God Subiaco Hospital CEO Prof Shirley Bowen said the hospital places great emphasis on compassionate care and believe that healing should be enhanced by an environment that nurtures the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions of being human.

“Hearing Rabbi Coleman’s gratitude is not only heart-warming but is the driving force behind everything we do here at St John of God Subiaco Hospital,” she said.

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