Construction is set to start on the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre’s new heliport in early 2018.
Alberta Health Services announced on Thursday that work will get going on January 8 – expected to take around a year to complete.
“We are excited to see construction begin on this project,” said Dr. Kevin Worry, Medical Director for the North Zone of Alberta Health Services, in a release.
“Having the heliport beside the health centre will improve access for patients who need critical care transport.”
The landing spot would be at the North Leading Dock Area located at the rear of the hospital. The pad, along with the walkway, would be created between 9-12 metres off the ground, matching the elevation of the hospital.
The pad itself would be 60 feet by 60 feet.
Crews will have easy access to the emergency department, ICU, and operating rooms.
“We would like to thank the public, staff, the municipality and our neighbours for engaging and working with us in order to move this project forward,” says Murray Crawford, Senior Operating Officer for the hospital.
A temporary work zone has been set up between the hospital and Dr. Clark & Father Turcotte School as a space to store construction equipment and materials.
Until the heliport is operational, the Local HERO Foundation will continue to fly patients to the Fort McMurray International Airport where an ambulance will transport them to the hospital.
AHS says work should be done by late 2018.