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Portable Emergency Medical Clinic in… Meron

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Tens of thousands of people visited Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s (Rashbi) graveside in Meron on Lag B’Omer, last night.

Over 150 people were treated at the four United Hatzalah emergency medical clinics set up in Meron. Most patients were treated for falls, burns, lacerations, fainting and shortness of breath and not more serious conditions like in previous years.

The number of injuries is dramatically less than from previous years, according to United Hatzalah medics. United Hatzalah will maintain coverage in the area until Shabbat. Leon and Simi Melohn of Manhattan sponsored the four pop-up Lag B’omer clinics in Meron.

Using inter-agency cooperation from the police, fire rescue and ambulance command centers, United Hatzalah volunteers were able to ensure that all who traveled to Meron were safe. All command centers also had United Hatzalah communication gear, including the LifeCompass GPS smartphone system, to ensure immediate response to any incident.

Given the years of experience leading medical security at Kever Rashbi and in light of the recent tragic incidents at the funeral of Rav Wosner ZT”l in Bnei Brak, United Hatzalah planned a thorough strategy for prevention and response during this busy holiday.

Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah commented that “This year United Hatzalah activities saw unprecedented cooperation and collaboration with the police and government authorities. The support by Leon and Simi Melohn provided United Hatzalah with the dedicated resources needed to provide maximum preparation and operational response.”

Israeli Search and Rescue Underway in Nepal

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A 20-person delegation comprised of volunteers from Israel’s leading rescue organizations already has set up a field hospital and begun reaching out to earthquake victims in Nepal. Coordinated by IsraeLife and including representatives from United Hatzalah, Zaka and F.I.R.S.T., the rescue mission arrived on Monday and split up into two camps – one stationed in Kathmandu and the other in smaller villages in the periphery.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Dov Maisel, a member of the joint delegation and United Hatzalah volunteer, explains conditions on the field:

“Many communities have been utterly destroyed… their hospital or medical center is gone – they have nothing.”

So far, the Israeli rescue team is treating injuries, pulling people out of rubble, rescuing victims from remote locations and consoling those facing grave tragedy.

“It is very difficult. After this kind of incident you have many wounded people who have nowhere to go – and they have fractures, an infected cut – all sorts of wounds… and they have no one treating them. Our mission is to help as many people as possible,” he said.

Working with Nepalese authorities: Members of the IsraeLife delegation join in rescue efforts with Nepalese authorities.

Working with Nepalese authorities: Members of the IsraeLife delegation join in rescue efforts with Nepalese authorities.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Eli Pollak, CEO of IsraeLife, said, “We decided to enlist the cooperation of the prominent Israeli emergency agencies in order to maximize the capabilities of the delegation, which is made up of experts in serving the needs of the disaster area. We are preparing for a long stay that will provide solutions to the Israelis living in Nepal and local residents.”

Dov Maisel of United Hatzalah gives vaccine to Nepalese boy at the IsraeLife field hospital on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Dov Maisel of United Hatzalah gives vaccine to Nepalese boy at the IsraeLife field hospital on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

United Hatzalah Treated 113 People at Rav Shmuel Wosner Funeral

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Hundreds of United Hatzalah volunteers on foot, ambucycle and ambulance treated 113 people at the funeral of Rav Shmuel Wosner zt”l.

Their greatest challenge came when the procession tried to exit through the narrow entrance of the Yeshiva Chochmei Lublin. In the tumble of people pushing and shoving their way out, over a dozen people were hurt, 4 critically, one of whom later died of his injuries.

The scene was initially only accessible by ambucycle medics and volunteers on foot who waded through the teeming crowd to reach the injured parties. At one point multiple agencies were working together on 3 simultaneous resuscitations.

The United Hatzalah ambucycles also played a vital role in clearing paths for the ambulances to and from the scene.

United Hatzalah Chairman Zev Kashash commented “There have been much larger and more challenging funerals that have occurred in daylight and in the heat of the Bnei Brak summer. This was not a particularly dangerous environment. All communal and rescue organizations will review their procedures and planning for these types of events in order to hopefully avoid preventable tragedies.”

United Hatzalah volunteers were also on scene to accompany the victim Rabbi Mordechai Gerber from to his home in Elad to his burial in the Segula Cemetary in Petach Tikva.

AIPAC Honors United Hatzalah as Leading Innovator [video]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

United Hatzalah (UH), Israel’s premier volunteer emergency response network, was honored for its leadership, innovation and service yesterday by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The organization’s Founder and President Eli Beer stunned the 16,500 conference participants by arriving on stage lights and sirens blaring on an ambucycle, a specially equipped motorcycle ambulance designed by United Hatzalah to speed up emergency response times.

The “game-changer” organization was recognized for its innovation in effectively and efficiently assisting in saving lives. With a network of 2,500 volunteers across Israel, United Hatzalah responds to 700 emergency calls daily, using tailored GPS technology and smartphone app to respond to crises within minutes after the initial report. The successful United Hatzalah has been a model for the world, with EMTs in Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Lithuania, Ukraine, Rwanda and Jersey City now implementing the Israeli-developed strategies and methods.

“Driving in on a United Hatzalah ambucycle, one of Israel’s outstanding innovations, talking in front of 16,500 people, and hearing them cheer made me tremendously proud of what UH does every single minute to protect Israel, and proud of the work we are doing to export this beautiful concept to wherever it is needed,” said Beer. “As an Israeli I am happy that there are organizations like AIPAC that work day and night to protect Israel and help spread the good word about the work the people of Israel do for this world.”

Eli moved and motivated the huge crowd of passionate supporters of Israel with his heartfelt presentation. Throughout the 3-day convention visitors are welcomed to United Hatzalah’s showcase display of technology, training and emergency medical first response.

To learn more about United Hatzalah, visit representatives at the AIPAC Policy Conference Village or online at http://israelrescue.org/

Three Car Crash Near Beit Shemesh

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

At least ten people were injured in a serious three car crash Saturday evening around 9:00 p.m. The accident occurred on Highway 375 near Beit Shemesh, according to United Hatzalah, whose volunteers were on the scene treating patients.

United Hatzalah is an independent non-profit volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization that assists in responding to medical emergencies throughout Israel.

United Hatzalah Newest ‘Ambucycle’

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest independent, fully volunteer, emergency medical response organization, last week received a new life-saving ambucycle, thanks to Columbus, Ohio donors Joey and Lindsay Schottenstein. The ambucycle was donated in honor of Lindsay’s parents, Karen and Joe Borish of Cherry Hill, NJ. The gift will pave the way for United Hatzalah to better serve in emergency situations.

During the Schottenstein’s visit to the United Hatzalah Jerusalem headquarters, the organization’s volunteer dispatch center received a call reporting that a kindergartener in Rishon Letzion was unconscious. The dispatch controller sprang to action and put out an emergency call on his mobile phone using a sophisticated proprietary app that uses a GPS tracking system to locate and notify the nearest United Hatzalah volunteer. This volunteer confirmed that he would arrive at the kindergarten in two minutes.

“Our goal is to have the most immediate response of all emergency calls,” said Eli Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah. “We get about 700 calls daily, and in order to care of each one it is crucial that we have the fastest response rate.” The newest addition to United Hatzalah’s fleet of ambucycles will be given to volunteer Nachum Bernstein in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Jerusalem.

“We have developed a relationship with United Hatzalah through the help of our parents, Jay and Jeanie [Schottenstein]. They have instilled in us the value of giving, and there is no better organization to give than an organization that helps saves lives,” the Schottensteins said.

Known throughout all of Israel, United Hatzalah is more than just an emergency response organization. They go above and beyond the call of duty. To illustrate this idea, Beer shared a story of a car accident near Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem suburb. United Hatzalah dispatch received a call reporting the emergency.

United Hatzalah volunteers arrived at the scene of the accident, where two parents were badly injured while on their way home from grocery shopping for the Sabbath. Once the ambulance had arrived and taken the parents to the hospital, United Hatzalah volunteers realized that their groceries for the Sabbath were left in the car.

The volunteers chose to go above and beyond their call of duty and deliver the groceries to the family’s home in Ramat Shlomo. Upon arriving at the home, the volunteers discovered that the couple’s children had been waiting for their parents. The volunteers stayed with the children until another family member came to care for them. These volunteers not only cared for the victims of the accident but they cared for the entire family.

Amar’e Stoudemire Scores Points for United Hatzalah

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire has launched “Amar’e Saves” to promote a campaign that encourages youngsters to contribute to the Israeli ambulance service he has adopted as a cause.

A day before Sukkot began, Stoudemire filmed a video in his Manhattan apartment for the effort.

The campaign urges pledges by kids, individually or as a group, notably by tying donations to every point Stoudemire scores during the 2014-15 season. The Knicks will open Oct. 29 at home against the Chicago Bulls.

By Sunday, the campaign had 117 donors and $534 pledged per point.

Those raising the most funds will qualify for such prizes as Knicks’ tickets and a meet-and-greet with Stoudemire.

“Helping save lives is always a beautiful thing,” Stoudemire told JTA after filming with several New York-area Jewish teenagers. “It’s obviously something we all want to think about doing more of, but the fact that United Hatzalah has a much quicker rate for responding to emergencies is also very important.

“In today’s society, which is so fast, we need to be doing something about saving lives quicker, and United Hatzalah is doing that.”

Stoudemire became involved in the organization through his friendship with New York financier David Kleinhandler, like Stoudemire a co-owner of Israel’s HaPoel Jerusalem basketball team.

In an exclusive interview with JTA last year, Stoudemire discussed his spiritual connection to Judaism and his belief that he’s a member of the “Hebrew tribe.”

Stoudemire, a six-time all-star, is hoping to overcome the rash of injuries that relegated him to the bench last season.

After all, more playing time means more points — and more charitable contributions.

Hillel Kuttler wrote this article for JTA.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/amare-stoudemire-scores-points-for-united-hatzalah/2014/10/13/

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