will benefit from the opening of the new helipad because it provides more
efficient access to our experts and medical teams,” said David Bertoty,
clinical director, Emergency and Trauma Services.
above the B wing, the new helipad was built on 12 columns, which positions it
25 feet atop the hospital roof, to ensure safe helicopter approaches and
departures. The new helipad is serviced by existing elevators, which
were extended in height so they are level with the helipad. A short walkway
connects the helipad and elevators.
UPMC Presbyterian is a Level I Regional
Resource Trauma Center. In 2012, UPMC Presbyterian Trauma Services handled more
than 5,400 cases, making it the busiest adult trauma center in Pennsylvania. In
complex trauma cases, getting those patients from the helipad to the Emergency Department (ED) as
quickly as possible is critical.
“The elevators that service the new helipad go directly to the ED, which will
improve efficiency and help us meet the needs of these patients,” Bertoty said.
With the opening of the new helipad, work will begin to decommission the existing
helipad on the South Tower. UPMC Presbyterian and Children’s Hospital of
Pittsburgh of UPMC shared the use of the South Tower helipad before Children’s
Hospital relocated to its new campus in Lawrenceville.
On Monday, local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel had the opportunity
to tour the new heilpad and enjoy a picnic on the South Tower lawn. The events
were organized by UPMC Prehospital Care Services as part of National EMS Week.