Sinai Guild volunteers keep
the hospital's spirit alive
health care services.
Joan Ober lets
Dana Smith take
a blood sample for
the ovarian cancer-
Special to the Jewish News
I is been weeks since Sinai Hospital was torn
down on West Outer Drive in
Detroit, but that demolition
has had no impact on the work
of the Sinai Guild. After the medical
facility closed in 1999, and before
people knew what would become of
the building, opened in 1952, Guild
members decided they would contin-
ue their support of health care servic-
Sinai Guild President Rusty Rosman and
community volunteer Joan Ober of
Bloomfield Hills discuss Ober's
participation in the Guild-sponsored
ovarian cancer research project.
Volunteer time was transferred to programs
managed by Detroit Medical Center (DMC), pur-
chaser of Sinai Hospital in 1996, and funds were
raised for the benefit of the Jewish
community and the larger popula-
tion in the tri-county area.
Based at the Lawrence and Idell
Weisberg Cancer Treatment
Center in Farmington. Hills and
under the leadership of President
Rusty Rosman and Executive
Director Sandra Jaffa, the Sinai
Guild has raised and distributed
some $300,000 for equipment,
grants and initiatives for other
Members are recruiting women
for an ovarian cancer study and
also distributing medical emergency folders they
developed for people to keep .accessible at home.
They've purchased a handicap-accessible van for
Children's Hospital of Detroit.
The 2,000-member Guild is celebrating its 50th
anniversary year by moving forward in new direc-
tions, always looking for ways to enhance medical
"The Guild is very proud to continue making a
difference," says Rosman of Commerce Township.
She began volunteering at the hospital as a teen-
age Candy Striper.
"My grandparents, Isaac and Minnie Rosenthal,
were involved in the early discussions that led to
the building of Sinai, and I'm glad to be able to
extend that commitment."
She adds, "I think I'm good at making adjust-
ments, and I have seen how good our member-
ship is at freshening up our programs and tight-