New helipad unveiled

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital unveiled its new helipad to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 29. The new landing zone is located behind the hospital and is the 32nd hospital helipad built in Maine. A number of dignitaries attended, including Michelle Hood, president and chief executive of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, of which the Blue Hill hospital is a member, Sally Mills, president of the BHMH Board of Trustees, Thomas Judge, BHMH LifeFlight of Maine’s executive director, John Ronan, president and chief executive officer of BHMH and far right, Mark Hankinson, BHMH’s vice-president of clinical and support services. Hankinson was the project manager for the helipad endeavor. The helipad will improve patient care. Before the helipad was constructed, helicopters landed on the town wharf, across the street from the hospital. By law, patients had to be met by an ambulance and driven across the street to the hospital. If area ambulance services were busy, patients might wait on the pier for several minutes.

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