Life-Saving Heliport Coming Back To A Peninsula Hospital


BACK TO THE BAY AREA… KPIX 5’S DEVIN FEHELY WITH THE RETURN OF THIS VITAL SERVICE. [NATS] WHEN MINUTES MATTER… “CALSTAR HELICOPTER PILOT JOEL BENNING: The urgency is really great for that patient to get there.” [NATS] …AND MIGHT JUST MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIVING AND DYING… [NATS] …THERE’s A NEW OPTION FOR CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS ON THE PENINSULA. “CALSTAR HELICOPTER PILOT JOEL BENNING: Ultimately, my job is to get my crew, my helicopter, that person there safely.” [NATS – SKY DRONE 5] FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN FIVE YEARS… HELICOPTERS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE AIRLIFTING PATIENTS TO MILLS-PENINSULA MEDICAL CENTER … TO BE TREATED FOR CONDITIONS LIKE STROKES OR HEART ATTACKS. “MILLS-PENINSULA MEDICAL CENTER CEO JANET WAGNER: We will not only be able to serve our immediate community, but we’ll be able to fly patients in who have needs for specialists.” [NATS – SKY DRONE 5] THE OLD HELIPAD WAS DEMOLISHED WHEN THE HOSPITAL WAS REBUILT IN 2011. [NATS – SKY DRONE 5] THE NEW ONE WILL BRING IN PATIENTS IN NEED OF SPECIALIZED CARE… OFTEN FROM SMALLER, LESS- EQUIPPED, REGIONAL HOSPITALS. “NEIGHBOR JOHN FINNEGAN: Noise pollution is a problem. (Sirens) Perfect timing, yeah?” NEIGHBOR JOHN FINNEGAN SAYS HE KNOWS THE NEW HELIPAD WILL MEAN MORE NOISE… BUT BELIEVES THOSE CONCERNS ARE OUTWEIGHED BY THE POTENTIAL FOR SAVING LIVES. “NEIGHBOR JOHN FINNEGAN: You’re pulling in a patient who needs emergency care and time is of the essence. Every minute counts. So, what they’re doing is really important.” IN BURLINGAME, DEVIN FEHELY, KPIX 5. THE F-D-A HAS APPROVED A NEW MEDICAL DEVICE THAT COULD HELP

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