Photo Credit: Jerry Greenwald/The Jewish Press
Popular physician and media personality Dr. Mehmet Oz is flanked by bestselling author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and United Hatzalah of Israel founder Eli Beer during a visit to United Hatzalah’s Jerusalem headquarters. Dr. Oz and his family are visiting Israel this week accompanied by Rabbi Boteach on a trip facilitated by philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson.

As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs — many on foot — ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea is going global.

Eli Beer, the founder and president of United Hatzalah, has re-imagined first response by training EMT volunteers to respond to local calls and keep people alive until official help arrives.


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