A resident of a community serviced by Hatzalah is traveling out of their community. They are away from any community serviced by Hatzalah when a medical emergency arises. Hatzalah’s legendary quick response time, professionalism and cultural sensitivity are out of reach, the panic is stark.
What can you do?
The first step is to immediately call 911 for help. Now, however, if an emergency takes place anywhere in the state of New Jersey, there is an additional second step you can take.
Thanks to a new initiative called “Hatzalah Statewide,” you can contact your local hometown Hatzalah, and their dispatcher can activate the Hatzalah Statewide dispatch system. If any Hatzalah Statewide member is in close proximity to the location of your emergency, that member will be dispatched to the scene. Statewide members will stabilize the patient, advise the patient and family and assist local EMS upon their arrival.
Over 120 medical professionals are now members of Hatzalah Statewide. All responders are members of other community Hatzalahs throughout New Jersey and New York. Hatzalah Statewide uses an advanced multimodal communication system, including Nowforce ©, a smartphone based application used by Ichud Hatzalah in Israel and other EMS services around the globe.
Hatzalah Statewide is the result of a collaborative effort of many people from cities throughout New Jersey and New York. Four extraordinary coordinators have been named to oversee operations: Simcha Shain- Paramedic/ALS Coordinator for Lakewood Hatzalah, Mark Spilman- Coordinator for Monsey Hatzalah, Bentzy Friedman- Coordinator for Newark Hatzalah, and Avi Aboud- Coordinator for Jersey Shore Hatzalah.
“Unfortunately, accidents and other medical emergencies happen frequently. Many of us travel or work outside of Hatzalah serviced communities,” says Simcha. “B’ezras Hashem, Hatzalah Statewide will save countless lives.”
Remember, the way to take advantage of this system in the event of an emergency is simple: When out of town, first call 911. When the 911 operator allows you to hang up, call the Hatzalah hotline of your home community. May Hashem protect all of us from harm!
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