West Hills Hospital September 30, 2014

New medical helicopter access point atop the hospital ED allows first responders to quickly get patients to the renowned Grossman Burn Center, among other community benefits

WEST HILLS, CA — Starting today, medical helicopters transporting patients to West Hills Hospital & Medical Center now have a permanent landing site on a new helipad atop the hospital's emergency department. The helipad will service patients of the esteemed Grossman Burn Center, headquartered at West Hills Hospital. Additionally, this new, efficient air transport capability will enhance access to other emergency-related services at the hospital.

“For patients who have suffered a serious trauma, such as a major burn injury, every second counts. This new helipad will allow first responders to transport the patient from the accident site to the Burn Center in the fastest, most direct manner. Many times, that can mean the difference between life and death,” says Peter H. Grossman, MD, FACS, medical director of the Grossman Burn Center.

In addition to offering acute and reconstructive burn care at the Grossman Burn Center, West Hills Hospital is an advanced stroke center, designated by the Joint Commission, and the first accredited chest pain center in Los Angeles County. The hospital's 30-bed emergency department is also a recognized heart attack receiving center.

“When every second counts to save a life, quick and direct access to emergency medical care is critically important,” said Councilmember Mitchell Englander. “This new vital resource for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area will provide our community immediate emergency access to West Hills Hospital and the world-class care at the Grossman Burn Center.”

The $3 million helipad project spans 4225 square-feet, is at an elevation of 47 feet and took five months to build with no disruption to the hospital emergency and critical care services. Beyond serving incoming patients at West Hills Hospital, the new medical helicopter service means that patients can also be airlifted to other medical facilities across the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.

“Medical helicopter transport service adds another dimension to our emergency department,” said Lee Weiss, MD, medical director of West Hills Hospital's expansive emergency department. “It is a valuable new resource that bridges the gap between first responders and emergency room physicians.”

The $3 million emergency department project at West Hills Hospital features a 4225-square-foot landing pad at an elevation of 47 feet atop of the hospital's ED. It took 5 months to build and will serve patients of the esteemed Grossman Burn Center which is headquartered at West Hills Hospital. Additionally, this new efficient air transport capability will enhance access to other emergency-related services at the hospital.

Doug Long

Douglas Long, CEO of West Hills Hospital addresses a group of community partners attending the September 30, 2014 inaugural helipad opening event.

Atop the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center helipad stand West Hills Hospital's Chief Operating Officer, Omar Chughtai; Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas; West Hills Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Stephanie Mearns, LA City Council Member of the 12th District, Mitch Englander; the Grossman Burn Center's Medical Director, Dr. Peter Grossman; United Firefighters of Los Angeles County (Local 112) Vice President Tony Gamboa and LAFD Air Ops Battalion Chief Peter Benesch


About West Hills Hospital

Serving the community for more than 50 years, West Hills Hospital is ranked among the top centers for heart attack treatment response and is the first accredited chest pain center in LA County. Recognized as an advanced stroke center as designated by the Joint Commission and home to the renowned Grossman Burn Center, West Hills Hospital provides quality care that is close to home for many in the West Valley. For more information, visit us at WestHillsHospital.com.


About the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Founded in 1969 by Dr. A. Richard Grossman and now under the direction of Dr. Peter H. Grossman, MD, FACS, the Grossman Burn Center is renowned for its expertise in providing acute and reconstructive burn care, rehabilitation and post-treatment emotional and psychological support. Designated as a Verified Burn Center by the American Burn Association and The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the Grossman Burn Center has received global recognition for its treatment of some of the most difficult and high-profile burn cases in the world. The Grossman Burn Center is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with facilities in Bakersfield, CA and Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit www.grossmanburncenter.com.

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