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Saving Minutes When Minutes Matter

logoIn some cases, traffic is the biggest obstacle to saving lives. There are times when the difference between life and death is separated by only a few minutes or seconds. Even though ambulances are equipped with flashing lights and sirens, and most people move aside to allow emergency vehicles to pass, there are times when emergency vehicles simply cannot get around traffic and other obstacles. The founders, volunteers, supporters, and donors of United Hatzalah have now saved more than 40,000 lives by implementing a solution that allows their vehicles to avoid the challenges of typical emergency vehicles.


  1. Could a service like the one in the video have helped you or a loved one?
  2. What ideas do you have that are worth sharing?

Saving 40,000 Lives in 3 MinutesThanks to Eli Beer; United Hatzalah; the volunteers and professionals who dedicate their time, effort, and knowledge to saving lives of people they may not know; the sponsors and donors who make it possible for United Hatzalah and similar organizations to successfully operate; TEDMED; YouTube; and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the video I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Saving Minutes When Minutes Matter”

  • Stanley says:

    I love that it was his Yamaka (that which protects his direct connection to God) that stopped the bleeding.

    • Scott says:

      Stanley, great innovation requires thinking a little differently than other people who have the same or more resources at their disposal. I like everything about the solution in this post. Starting and growing United Hatzalah requires communication, decision making, action, planning, resource leveling, and overcoming barriers that have existed for thousands of years. The company is a great role model for anyone who wants to overcome adversity.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.