For the first time ever, Hatzoloh – the volunteer ambulance service that responds to over 50,000 emergency medical calls every year – has received City Council funding.
Under the leadership of Jewish Caucus Chairman Chaim Deutsch and Speaker Corey Johnson, as well as Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Andrew Cohen, Hatzoloh was allocated over $150,000 to support their work. With a widespread reach in different boroughs, Hatzoloh is comprised entirely of volunteers who are certified EMTs. Their average response time is just over two minutes, and they provide expert medical care, transport patients via ambulance to the hospital, and support families during an extremely difficult time.
Hatzoloh volunteers work closely with FDNY EMS and local hospitals to provide quality care for the patients they work with. Hatzoloh is deeply beneficial to New York City, primarily because it shoulders some of the burden that would otherwise fall upon the FDNY.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch said, “As someone whose family was on the receiving end of Hatzoloh’s care, I can personally attest to their professionalism, skill, and integrity. When a family member of mine suffered a stroke, Hatzoloh volunteers were at the door in less than a minute, and their efforts saved his life, without question. And their work doesn’t end at the emergency room doors – the volunteers follow up with the hospital, the patient’s family, and even the patient themselves to ensure that everything is taken care of. I am proud to be able to support Hatzoloh’s remarkable work, and I am grateful to Speaker Johnson for his recognition of their important role in New York City.”