There’s been some conversation recently related to the addition of the helipad at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Over the past six years, HCA Healthcare has made tens of millions of dollars in investments in our hospital, including a much-needed feature that was missing: a helipad.
Prior to 2015, our most critical patients who required air transport for a higher level of care were loaded onto an ambulance, driven to the Citrus County sheriff’s administration office, then loaded into a helicopter for transfer. It was a system that worked but wasn’t optimal for patients.
Since its installation, hundreds of patients have benefited from our on-site helipad. From the most critical infants to patients in need of serious neurological care, our partnership with air ambulance companies is helping us in our mission to save lives. In fact, last year alone we flew 144 patients directly from the hospital to nearby trauma centers and specialty hospitals.
As we grow and continue to add new technology, services and procedures know that our first priority is always on the care and improvement of the lives of our community members.
Ralph Aleman is the CEO of Citrus Memorial Health System.