Cy­press Re­gional Hospi­tal to build heli-pad for STARS

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Now that STARS is in the air serv­ing Saskatchew­an, the Cy­press Re­gional Hospi­tal will be the first fa­cil­ity in the Health Re­gion to build a ground level heli-pad to safely ac­com­mo­date STARS Air Am­bu­lance ser­vice.

“STARS is fly­ing and they are able to land in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions,” said Cy­press Health Re­gion CEO Beth Va­chon. “They don’t have to land on a he­li­pad, but with an am­bu­lance ser­vice of­fered by he­li­copter, it’s ac­tu­ally Trans­port Canada that says you need to start in­stalling proper safe land­ing places.

Va­chon ex­plained that when STARS is re­spond­ing to an emer­gency, the he­li­copter can land on grid roads, high­ways, fields, “wher­ever it is they need to, and that is the value of he­li­copter is they have far more flex­i­bil­ity where they’re able to land as op­posed to air­planes,” but upon ar­rival at an ur­ban cen­tre a proper pad is re­quired for the safety of pa­tients, EMS per­son­nel and hospi­tal staff.

The site they have cho­sen is at ground level on ex­ist­ing hospi­tal prop­erty, but the Health Re­gion is also con­sid­er­ing fu­ture sites at other fa­cil­i­ties in the re­gion.

“There’s ac­tu­ally been a lot of dis­cus­sion and work around the prov­ince with the Min­istry, STARS and all of the re­gions look­ing at where’s the spot that makes the most sense within re­gions and where a re­gion would start.

“We’re also look­ing at spots around the re­gion that into the fu­ture might be strate­gi­cally well placed to have heli-pads in other parts of the re­gion as well.”

The cost of the heli-pad has yet to be de­ter­mined, but will be con­sid­er­ably less ex­pen­sive for the Health Re­gion at its lo­ca­tion on the out­skirts of the city, with the op­tion to build at ground level, than hos­pi­tals in ar­eas sur­rounded by ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

“They’re look­ing at an area that’s al­ready been lev­eled, and be­cause it’s sit­ting on our hospi­tal site, it likely won’t be as oner­ous as some re­gions might be fac­ing, de­pend­ing on where they’re lo­cated and what they need to do around their in­fra­struc­ture to ac­com­mo­date that,” Va­chon said.

“But with our hospi­tal be­ing where it is and on the edge of town right now, we’re in a good po­si­tion that it’s not go­ing to cost as much as … hos­pi­tals in in­ner cities and how that works.”

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