Hatzalah has received New York City funding for the first time ever, Councilman Chaim Deutsch announced.
The volunteer ambulance service that responds to over 50,000 emergency medical calls each year was allocated more than $150,000 in the budget that passed Wednesday.
“As someone whose family was on the receiving end of Hatzalah’s care, I can personally attest to their professionalism, skill, and integrity,” said Deutsch. “When a family member of mine suffered a stroke, Hatzalah 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.”
Isaac Stern, on behalf of the executive board of Hatzalah, expressed thanks to Deutsch and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.