Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad For North County Heart Patients

Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad For North County Heart Patients

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A Syracuse hospital will undergo a procedure aimed at helping north country heart patients.

St. Joseph's Hospital revealed plans for a new place where helicopters can bring patients at the hospital, otherwise known as a helipad.

Already, north country hospitals are willing to work with this new method.

St. Joseph's specializes in treatment for patients with heart problems.

Earlier this week, the Syracuse hospital proposed plans for the helipad, which would get installed on top of the building.

The hospital says it intends for this service to help heart patients in the north country, primarily from Carthage, Gouverneur and Watertown.

Samaritan Medical Center works closely with St. Joseph's and is in favor of the new addition.

"When we do have critical cardiac patients, vascular patients, that we have a quicker way to get them to where they need to be. That's really what matters, to be able to get them to definitive care as quickly as possible," said Krista Kittle, SMC spokesperson.  

Kittle also says Samaritan uses LifeNet helicopters that normally land at the Syracuse Airport and take an ambulance from there. Kittle says this new method will speed up the process of transporting those patients.

Construction is set to begin sometime in the spring of next year.

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