Grand Opening of a New Helistop
Thursday, December 9th marked the Grand Opening and inaugural landing on the new helistop at Riverside Community Hospital. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new fully certified helistop, as Councilman Mike Gardner arrived on one of the patient transport helicopters operated by Mercy Air.
Nearly 100 attendees witnessed the event, including, Councilman Mike Gardner, Bruce Barton, Director of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Service Agency and Sharon Tyrrell, Chairman of the Board for the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. The opening of the helistop also marked the celebration of providing thirty of years of trauma services to the Inland Empire communities.
President and CEO Patrick Brilliant welcomed those in attendance and thanked the many project partners, city officials, and Emergency Medical Services partners who helped throughout the project. All provided support for the helistop as a great addition to the community.
The helistop was completed in late November. As of December 10th, the hospital will officially begin accepting emergency medical flights.
Riverside Community Hospital is one of the busiest and largest Emergency Facilities and Level II Trauma Centers in the Inland Empire.
The helistop will now provide much needed, high-speed access to the hospital for people who are need in need of emergency medical treatment.
The new helistop is located on the North Wing of the hospital, adjacent to the ER, on 14th Street.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, trauma is the leading cause of death for all individuals under the age of 40 in the United States. There are over 150,000 trauma deaths in the U.S. each year. The first 60 minutes (known as the “Golden Hour”) is a period of time when the victim’s chances of survival are greatest; after this time, their chance of survival rapidly deteriorates unless they receive definitive medical attention. The addition of the new helistop will allow critical patients to be transported to Riverside Community Hospital in shorter times, and in doing so will help save lives. The heliport will also have impact on medical response in the event of a major disaster where there is high traffic and time is of the essence.
Riverside Community Hospital treats nearly 2000 trauma patients annually. The majority of cases involve motor vehicle accidents, falls, and industrial and recreational mishaps. In addition, it is expected that some patients require emergent intervention to treat acute cardiac, stroke and other complex conditions that will arrive at the facility via air as well.
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