Southside Hospital adds emergency helipad

Cool pad: Bay Shore's Southside Hospital now has reserved parking for the SkyHealth helicopter and other emergency whirlybirds.

A new helipad at Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital is adding some lift to Northwell Health’s regional emergency services.

Already counted among the American Hospital Association’s “Most Wired” IT-savvy hospitals, Southside now boasts a state-of-the-art ground-level helipad next to its Emergency Department, providing easy access for accident victims, acute trauma cases and other airlifted patients.

Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the New York Department of Health, the landing zone will primarily service Northwell Health’s SkyHealth helicopter, an airborne ambulance operated jointly by Northwell and Connecticut’s Yale-New Haven Health Service Corp.

Emergency-services helicopters flown by other hospitals and health systems will also be able to use the Southside Hospital helipad. “Public use” is among the requirements spelled out by the FAA’s EC150 standards, which the Southside pad meets.

“Having this helipad at Southside Hospital allows the Northwell Health SkyHealth helicopter and others to safely land and quickly get patients to the medical care they urgently need,” Anthony Pellicone, Southside’s associate executive director of operations, said in a statement.

The helipad also bolsters Southside Hospital’s standing as a Level II trauma center. The Level II status – a state designation based on American College of Surgeons verification – means Southside Hospital is able to initiate “definitive care for all injured patients” and satisfies a host of other requirements, including 24-hour coverage by general and orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and anesthesiologists, as well as specific continuing-education protocols for staffers.

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