United Hatzalah Emergency COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Fund

Last updated September 25th, 2020

Our COVID response fund which started in April has already provided 20,000 PPEs, thousands of free ambulance transports, 65,000 humanitarian response calls, and it’s all thanks to the generous giving provided by our international supporters! Thank you!

Israel is currently in a 3-week national lockdown. Our national network of volunteers must continue to be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other essential medical supplies, like oxygen, to ensure their safety and ability to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Here are a few important updates about how United Hatzalah is playing a major role during this worldwide pandemic:

Ambulance Transports:
The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, and the Home Front Command have appointed United Hatzalah to transport COVID-19 patients around Israel. To date, United Hatzalah has conducted over 70% of all COVID-19 transports in the country.

Mutual Responsibility Project:
In September, United Hatzalah joined a national government project called "Mutual Responsibility" which is being run by the Ministry of Health. The goal is to transport COVID-19 hospital patients from Jerusalem and up north and bring them to hospitals in the center of Israel and down south in order to help ease the overflowing COVID-19 wards in certain areas and spread out these patients to cities all over the country.

Personal Protective Equipment kits:
Out of the 1,800 calls a day that come into our dispatch center, 10-15% of the calls are potential COVID-19 cases. For every one of those calls, the volunteer needs a PPE kit (personal protective equipment kit) that is one-time-use and is immediately discarded after the call is finished. We desperately need more PPE kits as well as more surgical masks, general protective gear, COVID-19 kits, and funds to restock ambulances and sterilize the ambulances properly after every transport and to ensure the safety of our volunteers.

Public Awareness:
United Hatzalah started a project to raise awareness in certain communities where COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly.

Testing Sites:
United Hatzalah is conducting COVID-19 testing for major health maintenance organizations as well as testing for several hospitals, all at their requests. We have volunteers that go to people’s houses to conduct tests and we also have drive-through testing sites set up.

Humanitarian Hotline:
Volunteers continue to run these humanitarian missions in their communities through their local United Hatzalah branches.

Our community of 6,000+ highly trained volunteer medics continues to play a key role across Israel, at no charge. But this is only possible with your support. Please donate today and help ensure the safety of our volunteers.

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Mark and Rabbi Erica Gerson, International Chairman of United Hatzalah

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Mark Gerson is the co-founder and Chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Julius, the co-founder and Chairman of Thuzio, co-founder and co-Chairman of Voray, and the co-founder of Quality Reviews.

Mark is the International Chairman of United Hatzalah, having co-founded the International organization with Eli Beer in 2006. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which supports the work of Christian medical missionaries serving in Africa. As part of that work, he and his wife Erica started the annual Rabbi Erica and Mark Gerson L'Chaim Prize for Outstanding Christian Medical Missionary Service now entering its third year. He is also the co-founder of United Rescue, which is bringing the United Hatzalah model of crowd-sourced volunteer first response to the United States. Mark is also the author of books on intellectual history and on education, and has published articles on subjects including the Biblical Jonah, Frank Sinatra's legacy and the OJ Simpson case in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard and other publications. He is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.

Rabbi Erica Gerson graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and received both Rabbinical ordination and a Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. Erica is a member of the Board of Directors of Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish day school. Erica is also a board member of United Hatzalah of Israel.

Mark and Erica live with their four children in Manhattan.

Harvey and Gloria Kaylie

Harvey and Gloria Kaylie

The Kaylies have made a permanent impact on the nation of Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. Since the 1970s, Harvey has made a prestigious and economic impact on Israel through the success of Ravon Electronics, a branch of the 1969-founded company Mini-Circuits Inc., of which Harvey was President. With Gloria by his side in spirit and in deed, Harvey made the company a global leader in radio frequency and microwave signal processing components.

However, this was just the start. Throughout their lives the Kaylies have made giving a priority. Today, their philanthropy has helped young people with developmental disabilities integrate with their peers via Camp Kaylie; benefitted Jewish education through support of Yeshiva University, Yeshiva Har Torah, and a variety of Jewish Federations; and they have impacted social services and health care in Israel. Their most recent donation for establishment of the Kaylie Kidney Health Center of Excellence at Rambam Health Care Campus will facilitate innovative kidney research—impacting kidney health at a global level, and ensuring the best possible medical care for kidney patients in Israel’s northern region.

Saving Time. Saving Lives.

Founded in 2006, United Hatzalah has grown to become the largest independent, non-profit, nationaly recognized and fully-volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) orginization in Israel, responding to over 900 emergency calls a day. United Hatzalah's 6,000 medics, paramedics, and doctors create a web of emergency first responders, each connected to a GPS-based dispatch system which, together with our innovative transportation solutions, provids lifesaving aid faster than any other EMS organization in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

United Hatzalah has democratized access to emergency medical services by providing its services free of charge and has improved victim outcomes by getting first responders to the scene of an emergency three times faster than an ambulance. Our volunteers, spotted at every medical emergency, have been dubbed 'Angels in Orange' after their trademark orange vests. United Hatzalah has set a goal to grow to 6,000 volunteer medics in Israel by 2020 and further reduce the average response time to just 90 seconds nationwide.

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