BURLINGAME (KPIX 5) — For the first time in more than five years, helicopters will once again be airlifting patients to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center to be treated for conditions like strokes or heart attacks.
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center CEO Janet Wagner said, “We will not only be able to serve our immediate community, but we’ll be able to fly patients in who have needs for specialists.”READ MORE: Public Health Officials, NBA Bench Unvaccinated Warriors Star Andrew Wiggins For Chase Center Games
The old helipad was demolished when the hospital was rebuilt in 2011.
The new one will bring in patients in need of specialized care. Often from smaller, less-equipped, regional hospitals.
Neighbor John Finnegan said, “Noise pollution is a problem.”READ MORE: New Art Exhibit In San Francisco Brings Art To Life Through Technology
But Finnegan says he knows the new helipad will mean more noise, but believes those concerns are outweighed by the potential for saving lives.
Finnegan said, “You’re pulling in a patient that needs emergency care and time is of the essence., every minute counts. It would be really important.”
Calstar helicopter pilot Joel Benning explains, “The urgency is really great for that patient to get there.”MORE NEWS: As COVID Delta Variant Infections Subside Experts Warn of Winter Surge
He said, “Ultimately, my job is to get my crew, my helicopter, that person, there safely.”