A blessing ceremony this week will mark a significant improvement in care for patients at Mercy Hospital Cassville. Construction is finished on a new helipad, which is opening right next to the hospital.
“Our existing helipad is located a significant distance across the street from the emergency room,” explained Doug Stroemel, president of Mercy Hospital Cassville. “At the present time, we’re required to transport the patient via ambulance from the hospital to the helipad. If an ambulance isn’t available, our staff has to wheel them there.”
The situation wasn’t ideal for patients or co-workers, but moving the helipad closer to the hospital took some work. Power, cable and telephone lines had to come down and be buried underground. Mercy had to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and add lights to several buildings located near the new site.
Stroemel said the improvements are definitely worth the effort. “With the new helipad just outside the door, we will save time and significantly improve safety for our patients, which is our top priority.”
The community is invited to attend the blessing and ribbon cutting: