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To reduce response times, Iowa is considering adapting the United Hatzalah EMS model

By 01/23/2023 8:22 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

During his inaugural speech, the lieutenant governor of Iowa took specific actions to improve emergency medical care in rural areas by initiating a trial program that would use the skills of surrounding trained volunteers, taking a leaf from the Orthodox Jewish community’s playbook.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg mentioned during his January 10th inauguration speech that he had learned about the United Hatzalah model while on a trade mission to Israel.

This approach offers emergency care with an average response time of 90 seconds within Jerusalem.

Rural areas of Iowa struggle with emergency response times, so Gregg stated that he planned to address the persistent problem “with an assist from our friends in the Holy Land.”

According to Gregg, the Hebrew word for “rescue” is hatzalah. A phone app informs you of trained regional volunteers when 911 is contacted, enabling them to act instantly and stabilize the patient until an ambulance arrives.

Think of it as Uber for emergency medical services.

Gregg first suggested the idea in July, and according to Des Moines’ CBS 8 (, he believes the United Hatzalah plan may be modified to address the medical issues faced by rural Iowans.

When Gregg and United Hatzalah’s creator, Eli Beer, first met last summer, Beer noted that he was pretty intrigued by the kinds of cars and technologies that United Hatzalah utilizes.

To further discuss how to put into practice a workable model that can save lives, Beer claimed that he had contacted Gregg since his inauguration speech.

According to Beer, the Golan Heights or the Negev are the areas of Israel that most closely resemble Iowa in terms of response times.

“It is preventable that more people die worldwide while waiting for assistance than from diseases. Many more people would survive heart attacks, automobile accidents, and strokes if millions worldwide were educated to address local emergencies.



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