Two local and area community groups have fulfilled their commitments toward development of a helicopter landing area next to the Riverside Health Complex in Turtleford.
The Turtleford and District Lions Club and Riverside Ski Hill contributed a combined total of $31,800 toward the landing pad conveniently located next to the health care facility that serves patients and residents of Turtleford and area. The $10,200 contribution from the Lions Club and $21,600 contribution from the Ski Hill cover the cost of the landing mats that form the surface upon which helicopter air ambulances will land.
The landing pad will be used by STARS air ambulance for critical emergency transport of patients to tertiary hospitals. STARS has begun using the landing pad for critical patient transports. An official event is being planned to mark completion of the project and recognize the tremendous community support in bringing the landing site to reality.
Presenting the cheques on behalf of the Turtleford and District Lions Club and Riverside Ski Hill is (back row from left) Red Pearce, Treasurer of the Lions Club to Vikki Smart, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Executive Director (ED) of Primary Health Northwest (NW); Neal Sylvestre, SHA ED of Continuing Care NW, Richard Petit, ED of Primary Health NW; Lisa McGillivray, Facility Manager of Riverside Health Complex; and Chris Thiele, SHA Director of Emergency Services. Joining in the presentation (front row from left) are Glen Simkins, First Vice President of the Lions Club; Henry Woof and Walter Heggstrom of the Riverside Ski Hill.