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Hospital Heliports

With the goal of providing faster access to life-saving medical care, many hospitals build onsite heliports to reduce transportation time and facilitate treatment of patients suffering from life-threatening injuries and conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. Doctors refer to the ‘golden hour’ as the vital time period a patient suffering from traumatic injury or medical emergency should receive proper medical assistance to prevent death or irreparable damage to body parts and organs. When minutes count, an onsite heliport can help save lives by providing timely care to injured and critically ill patients.

Special consideration should be made for magnetic interference hazards at hospital heliports. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may impact a helicopter’s navigational instruments. So, during site selection, distance from the MRI area of your facility should be considered. Also, magnetic interference warning signs can be added to alert pilots to the presence of nearby strong magnetic fields.

Hospital heliports are generally located at ground level or on rooftops, as close as possible to the emergency/trauma area for incoming patients. There are many factors to consider when deciding between a ground or rooftop heliport:

Ground Heliport Pros
• Simple design
• Lower cost
• Shorter construction time
• Easy to install fuel

Ground Heliport Cons
• Less privacy
• More foot and vehicle traffic
• Less security
• More obstructions

Rooftop Heliport Pros
• More privacy
• No foot or vehicle traffic
• Better security
• Less obstructions

Rooftop Heliport Cons
• Complex design
• Higher cost
• Longer construction time
• Difficult to install fuel

For design guidance on locating, planning, and building a hospital heliport, please consult FAA Advisory Circular 150/5390-2C, Chapter 4: Hospital Heliports. Flight Light recommends that anyone constructing or modifying a heliport should determine all site-specific requirements and consult with a local FAA representative.


Hospital Heliport Installations

Below is a partial list of hospital heliports that have installed Flight Light hospital heliport fixtures.

Hospital Location
Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital Kaplan, LA
Adena Regional Medical Center Chillicothe, OH
Arizona Regional Medical Center Mesa, AZ
Arkansas Children Hospital Little Rock, AR
Avera Gettysburg Hospital Gettysburg, SD
Bay Area Medical Center Marinette, WI
Borrego Medical Clinic Borrego Springs, CA
Brodstone Memorial Superior, NE
Cayuga Medical Center Ithaca, NY
Conemaugh Miners Medical Center Hastings, PA
East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, AL
Endless Mountains Health Systems Montrose, PA
Eureka Community Health Services Avera Eureka, SD
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Ft. Defiance, AZ
Freestanding ER-Gulf Health Theodore, AL
Green River Medical Center Green River, UT
Hayward Area Memorial Hayward, WI
Holy Rosary Healthcare Miles City, MT
HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center Scottsdale, AZ
Horizon Hospital El Paso, TX
Hunt Regional Medical Center Greenville, TX
LAC+USC Medical Center Los Angeles, CA
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Portland OR
Lima Memorial Lima, OH
Marcus Daly Memorial Hamilton, MT
Memorial Hermann Health System Cypress, TX
Monument Valley Community Health Center Oljato-Monument Valley, UT
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital St. Johnsbury, VT
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Bolivia, NC
Orlando Regional Medical Center Orlando, FL
Pioneer Medical Center Meeker, CO
Pocahontas Memorial Buckeye, WV
Purcell Municipal Hospital Purcell, OK
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Boise, ID
Samaritan Pacific Health Newport, OR
Sarasota Memorial Sarasota, FL
St. Clair Hospital Pittsburgh, PA
Thomasville Regional Medical Center Thomasville, AL
Tift Regional Medical Center Tifton, GA
Tioga Medical Center Tioga, ND
Trinity Health Minot, ND
Trousdale County Emergency Services Hartsville, TN
University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD
US Indian Health Services Lame Deer, MT
VCU Health Emergency Center Quinton, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University Health Richmond, VA
Warren General Warren, PA
Washington Regional Medical Center Fayetteville, AR
Winn Parish Medical Center Winnfield Parrish, LA
Winslow Indian Healthcare Center Winslow, AZ
Wise Health System – East Campus Decatur, TX