Visitors from the American Heart Association (AHA) met with representatives of the group’s Medical Division at United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem.
The gathering was held to strengthen the collaboration between the two businesses, which has been ongoing since 2017. United Hatzalah was chosen then to serve as the AHA’s recognized training partner in Israel.
To lessen disability and deaths brought on by cardiovascular disease and stroke, the American Heart Association (AHA), a nonprofit organization in the United States, funds cardiovascular medical research, informs the public about healthy living, and promotes appropriate cardiac care both in the U.S. and abroad.
They are regarded by many as setting the bar for emergency first responders’ cardiac procedures and care.
Additionally, they have released standards for essential life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) in several languages and across multiple nations.
Glenn M. Vanden Houten, the AHA’s regional director for Europe and Africa, and Marida Straccia, the organization’s manager of international resuscitation programs, attended the meeting on behalf of the AHA. At the same time, United Hatzalah was represented by Elad Becher, the head of the medical division, Avi Marcus, chief paramedic Liad Ohana, and Nisan Hefetz, the chief medical control officer.
During the meeting, the AHA examined concerns about the most recent CPR methods and renewed United Hatzalah’s certification as an AHA-certified training facility.
Marcus remarked, “We had an excellent debate in which many new ideas were suggested.
The United Hatzalah education and training of its EMTs and Paramedics, as well as other community-based training programs, such as the “Family First” program, which teaches basic CPR to the general public in a four-hour lesson, are recognized by the AHA certification granted.
In addition, Marcus received a gift and a Certificate of Appreciation for his assistance translating the essential “Basic Life Support” book of the AHA from English to Hebrew.
“As a recognized training center for the AHA here in Israel, United Hatzalah has trained hundreds of first responders with the certified courses offered by the AHA at all of the various training levels (ACLS, BLS, and PALS), as well as family safety,” Becher said when discussing the significance of the meeting.
Today, I was thrilled to learn from Glenn and Marida, the distinguished visitors who came to see us, that two AHA courses had been translated into Hebrew, allowing Israeli students to take them in Hebrew.
This significant move will make these specialist training programs more available to Israeli first responders and medical personnel throughout the nation.
The AHA and its personnel deserve our gratitude for moving this crucial cooperation forward with us.