A Look at UVA Medical Center's New He...

A Look at UVA Medical Center's New Helipad - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

There are 17 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jun 12, 2012, titled A Look at UVA Medical Center's New Helipad - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The University of Virginia Medical Center is showing off its brand new helipad. It is located high atop the hospital, and doctors say it will improve the care critical patients receive.

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anonymouse

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jun 12, 2012
I was just at the hospital this week and wondered why they were flying to the ground rather than the roof... turns out they were already on it! Cool!
internets

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jun 12, 2012
"The pad can hold a 16,000 pound chopper. Pegasus weighs about 6,000 pounds."

ah so it can now hold our most obese Central Virginians.
cville 123456

Lynchburg, VA

#3 Jun 12, 2012
im glad theyre doing this. ive brought patients in there at nite and blinded the helicopter pilots because the ever so "efficient" security guard didnt want to leave the er door.
Wm Hitt

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jun 12, 2012
It is time for UVA Medical Center to get all of this completed. It was not good when I had to walk from new parking building, level G to Primary Care last week. How about a shuttle to assist us...

Thanks Wm Hitt
WHAAAAT

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jun 12, 2012
7 million for a helipad!?!? Am I the only one who thinks that's completely insane? You could build 2.5 Belmont Bridges for the cost of that thing. What a waste. Lucky contractor though...
reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jun 12, 2012
Ten stories up and now nothing to block the prevailing westerly winds. The pilots ain't gonna like that.
bob

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jun 12, 2012
Most new hospitals are putting their helipads on the ground, but leave it to uva to go OLD SCHOOL AGAIN?
anonymouse

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 13, 2012
bob wrote:
Most new hospitals are putting their helipads on the ground, but leave it to uva to go OLD SCHOOL AGAIN?
I travel to hospitals all over the country. What new hospitals are you referring to? Urban hospitals almost exclusively have on-building helipads, which helps not only to ease congestion, but to also reduce the impact on local traffic. Safer, faster, better.
SuzyQ

Ardsley, NY

#9 Jun 13, 2012
How will it improve the critical care patients? Don't they have to take a elevator to the 1st Floor, to the ER? That would be 9 flights down. I hope that elevator is working at all times!
anonymouse

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jun 13, 2012
SuzyQ wrote:
How will it improve the critical care patients? Don't they have to take a elevator to the 1st Floor, to the ER? That would be 9 flights down. I hope that elevator is working at all times!
There are ICUs and trauma centers located on floors 7, 6, and 5. If someone is in bad enough shape to be med-evac'ed by helicopter, they probably would go straight to surgery.
no mistakes

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jun 13, 2012
Long way down and time will tell if it works weather permitting or poorly spent funds. Contractors are happy. Now the old pad space can be used for new construction. Contractors are Happy, again and construction continues.
DirtKicker

Johnson City, TN

#12 Jun 13, 2012
reality bites wrote:
Ten stories up and now nothing to block the prevailing westerly winds. The pilots ain't gonna like that.
Actually the pilots prefer it, the winds up there are constant instead of all the turbulence the buildings cause with the ground pad. Roof top helipads are quite common, especially in the city.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jun 13, 2012
SuzyQ wrote:
How will it improve the critical care patients? Don't they have to take a elevator to the 1st Floor, to the ER? That would be 9 flights down. I hope that elevator is working at all times!
There's a dedicated elevator. Should beat having to dodge across the parking lot. Can NOT say enough about what that Pegasus team does!!
Tip

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jun 13, 2012
reality bites wrote:
Ten stories up and now nothing to block the prevailing westerly winds. The pilots ain't gonna like that.
I;m not going to like it if I'm a patient being hauled in that thing!!
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jun 13, 2012
Tip wrote:
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I;m not going to like it if I'm a patient being hauled in that thing!!
Two elevators - no waiting. The pilots like it too. It's all in the article:

"The elevated position will improve safety for pilots by giving them a better approach, and UVA says a pair of high-speed elevators will ensure patients promptly get to the emergency room"

If you're a patient coming in via Pegasus you'll have bigger worries than landing the helicopter.
anonymouse

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 13, 2012
CvilleMechEngr wrote:
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If you're a patient coming in via Pegasus you'll have bigger worries than landing the helicopter.
Agreed
New Fluvanna High

Collinsville, VA

#17 Jun 15, 2012
A helipad? We never thought of that! We have to have one! We need another $7million! It's for the kids!

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