Blue Hill -Despite concerns from a few citizens whose homes are near it’s flight path, plans to build a LifeFlight helipad on the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital campus are moving forward.
Hospital officials feel they’ve addressed neighbors issues as best they can, but say at the end of the day the focus is on their patients.
Currently patients are loading into an ambulance at the emergency entrance and driven 200 yards to the town pier and loaded into a helicopter that takes at least 20 minutes.
Chief Medical Officer Mike Murnik, MD said “When it comes to things like this minutes counts, seconds count.”
Plans to move the landing location were met with concerns from some area residents.
At a meeting on November the 9th the town planning board heard those concerns, but ultimately voting unanimously to approve the construction of a landing site on the backside of the hospital campus.
The roughly quarter million dollar project is currently out to bid and will include a 45 foot by 45 foot helipad and covered walking path, with construction set to get underway as soon as possible.