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Helipad opens this week at local hospital

Posted: August 2, 2011 11:15 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2011 11:15 a.m.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital official opened its new helipad this week and on Tuesday was awaiting its first patient to arrive by air at the new pad.

"With the helipad, and working with our local emergency air transporters, we'll be able to provide life-saving care to our most critical patients in a timely manner," hospital President Roger E. Seaver said Monday.

"Oftentimes, prompt treatment for trauma patients can mean the difference between life and death."

On Monday, the hospital received the green light for its helipad from the California Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Agency, Department of Health Services.

The hospital was still awaiting its first patient to arrive by air on Tuesday, said spokeswoman Laura Young.

The helipad allows the hospital to keep its designation as the only trauma center in the Santa Clarita Valley.

It is expected to provide immediate and life-saving air transport to medical patients and patients suffering traumatic injuries or illness - thereby giving them best possible chance for survival and recovery.

"Henry Mayo currently receives 50-70 code trauma patients per month," said Dr. David Henry, emergency services medical director. "We estimate 10 to 15 cases will now potentially arrive by air."

There are 14 trauma centers in Los Angeles County. Henry Mayo services approximately 450 square miles.

In early July, helicopters were provided by the L.A. city and county fire departments and the Sheriff's Department for hands-on training exercises at the new helipad.



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