Brief: Revelstoke hospital helipad grand opening on Saturday

New Revelstoke hospital helipad grand opening takes place Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Queen Victoria Hospital helipad while under construction in December of 2017. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The new helipad at Revelstoke’s Queen Victoria Hospital will be recognized at a grand opening ceremony on Saturday morning.

The helipad has been under works for several years. The new helipad will allow helicopters to drop off and pick up patients at the location adjacent to the hospital. Previously, patients had to be dropped off at the Revelstoke Airport, then transported to and from the hospital via ground ambulance.

File photo: Residents gathered at Queen Victoria Hospital on Nov. 14, 2016 to kick off the hospital helipad fundraising campaign. From left: QVH site manager Julie Lowes, Petra van Dijk of Downie Timber, Scott Newsome of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Angus Woodman of Downie Timber, Mike Copperthwaite of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Liliane Lambert from Canadian Mountain Holidays, Roberta Bobicki of Revelstoke Credit Union, Cheryl Fry of the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society, Revelstoke Credit Union director John Teed, Barbara Ross of Mica Heliskiing, and Steven Hui of the Revelstoke Community Health Foundation. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Representatives from the Revelstoke and District Health Foundation, the City of Revelstoke Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and Queen Victoria Hospital will be on hand to celebrate the community effort to complete the helipad.

The ceremony takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Queen Victoria Hospital.