Residents in southwest Saskatchewan now have more rapid access to life-saving critical care with a new helipad certified for use, allowing the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) to land at Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.
“This helipad greatly enhances emergency services for people in rural and remote areas of southwest Saskatchewan,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “Landing directly at the Cypress Regional Hospital saves valuable time for critically ill patients by eliminating the need for transporting them by road ambulance to the Swift Current airport, 10 kilometers away.”
Read the rest of the news release here:https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2019/february/08/swift-current-helipad-saves-precious-time-for-critically-ill-and-injured
A STARS helicopter lands on the new helipad in Swift Current, which was officially opened on February 8.
On February 8, the new helipad in Swift Current was officially opened. Cutting the ribbon were (from left): Everett Hindley, MLA Swift Current; Cindy Seidl, Director of Operations, STARS; Denis Perrault, Mayor of Swift Current; Bonnie Fortin, STARS patient; Greg Ottenbreit, Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health; Dr. Kevin Wasko, Physician Executive, Integrated Rural Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority; and Gayle Riendeau, Executive Director of Acute Care, Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Master of Ceremonies, Brittany Wagner, RN, welcomes everyone to the grand opening of the helipad in Swift Current on February 8.
STARS Patient Bonnie Fortin speaks about her experience and how STARS saved her life at the grand opening of the helipad in Swift Current on February 8.
Dr. Kevin Wasko presents patient Bonnie Fortin with a bouqet of flowers during the grand opening of the helipad in Swift Current.
Overhead view of helipad