A helicopter from Airlift Northwest landed at our new helistop today (March 27). The test flight allowed the airlift team to evaluate the landing site and simulate transferring a patient from the helicopter to the new Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit inside Building Hope.
“The test flight was a very useful and well-executed learning opportunity without the stress of having an actual patient on board,” said Dr. Tony Woodward, who leads emergency medicine at Seattle Children’s. “We don’t anticipate needing any additional test flights.”
The new helistop is located in the southwest corner of the new parking area for Building Hope and will replace our existing helistop when Building Hope welcomes its first patients April 23. Only the most critically ill or injured children – those in imminent danger – are airlifted to Children’s. Those who are seriously ill or injured but not in imminent danger land at the University of Washington and are transported to Children’s by ambulance. Over the last 10 years, an average of four to five patients a month have been airlifted directly to Children’s.