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Monday, October 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Helipad Brings Transports Closer to N.Y. Hospital


Patients who need emergency air medical transport to St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, N.Y., can now be brought to the hospital itself, on a new 40X40-ft helipad built on a 75X100-ft area at the front of the hospital grounds.

The helipad was designed by Razak Associates of Rochester, N.Y. A firm in Canisteo, N.Y. built the concrete helipad with embedded lighting by the airport and heliport lighting manufacturer Manairco that can be turned on remotely from the helicopter.

Until mid-August, transports to the hospital had to land in a park several miles away and their patients taken to the hospital by ambulance. The hospital leases helicopters from Mercy Flight Services, a non-profit air medical service in Canandaigua, N.Y. Mercy Flight flies Eurocopter EC135s and BO105s. It provides medical personnel, a flight nurse and a paramedic, on each flight. Mercy Hospital estimates it calls on helicopter services at least 50 times a year for interfacility transfers. It does not respond to accident scenes. The cost of the helipad was $235,000 and was covered in part by a donation, with additional grants from New York State.

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