Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 31, 2012

Helipad enhances level of care

VALDOSTA — South Georgia Medical Center has once again invested in a beneficial service to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.

The helipad which was officially dedicated Tuesday will enable medical helicopter flight services to transport patients quickly and safely to facilities which specialize in certain types of medical issues and emergencies.

Traumatic head injuries, severe burns, brain aneurysms and other conditions are beyond the scope of care SGMC can offer, and the sooner patients can get to another facility for help, the sooner they can be cared for and receive the treatment they need.

SGMC officials stated that the helipad allows them to enhance the level of care they can provide for their patients, and by bringing it to the hospital instead of having to transport patients to the airport saves time and will ultimately save lives.

Across the parking lot from the helipad, attendees at the ribbon cutting had a terrific view of the new multi-story patient tower currently being built adjacent to the former outpatient area.

Workers have been diligently working on the structure for several months, and it seems as one project draws to a close at SGMC, another one is already underway.

SGMC literally has the health of the community in its hands, and knowing that the future will require a higher level of medical care along with an increased demand for care, the medical center has been diligently planning for this growth for years. As long as our medical facilities are top notch and continue to expand, the community can be assured of a healthy future.

Thank you, SGMC, for all you do for all of us.

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