Healthy Living

Oct 15, 2010 2:13 PM by Carina Corral

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center wants to add a landing pad for emergency helicopters

If all goes as planned, a helistop will be added atop Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center's new five-story parking structure.

It would be used to more quickly transport trauma patients and critically ill babies to and from the hospital.

"Once installed, this will mark a significant investment in our community's health," said Candy Markwith, Sierra Vista's Chief Executive Officer. "Our county's emergency responders will have the capability to transport trauma patients to the most appropriate hospital in the shortest amount of time possible. That includes patients arriving at Sierra Vista as well as those who might need to be transferred to a higher level of care than our hospitals are able to provide."

Sierra Vista's parent company, Tenet Heatlhcare Corporation, will fund the $1.8 million structure that will be big enough to accommodate a Black Hawk military helicopter.

The hospital said the helistop has received regulatory approval and endorsement by the San Luis Obispo City Council.

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