Completion of Queen Victoria helipad project is a reason to celebrate

The helipad will allow lifesaving rapid air transport for critical patients needing higher levels of care.

After years of fundraising, community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the Queen Victoria Helipad on Saturday, Oct. 27. Photo:Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer

A small crowd of community members gathered at Queen Victoria Hospital on Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of the Revelstoke helipad project. The heliport will allow lifesaving medical transport of Queen Victoria Hospital’s most critical patients.

In a speech during the opening ceremony, Dr. Cam Molder said Revelstoke doctors have long known their most critical patients would benefit from rapid air medical transportation to higher levels of care

Molder said Revelstoke doctors, nurses and health care staff have long known many critical patients would benefit from rapid air medical transportation to higher levels of care.

“We are so grateful to have this state of the art helipad to complete the chain of survival. It makes an immeasurable difference in efficiency in cases where time is most important.”

Julie Lowes, Queen Victoria Hospital health services manager, credited the amazing fundraising efforts of the Revelstoke District Health Foundation, saying she didn’t think the project would have been completed half as quickly were it not for their efforts. Health foundation chair Steven Hui praised the community for its incredible support throughout the fundraising process.

“The planning, the fundraising and then the construction was the most gratifying experience for myself personally, and I think a lot of the fundraising committee as well,” said Hui.

In a media statement Health Minister Adrian Dix said minutes matter when it comes to critical care patients.

“The new heliport at Queen Victoria Hospital can make the difference when life is in the balance in the Revelstoke area,” said Dix. “The community came together to raise funds for this project and I thank everyone involved for helping make this heliport a reality.”

The $623,595 helipad project was constructed by Vic Van Isle and made possible through the incredible support of numerous local businesses and community members.

Support for the project was received from: Revelstoke Credit Union, Peter Mueller, Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary, Downie Timber, In Memory of Ed Deloughery (friends and family), Bernard Ehmann, Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Alpine Helicopters, Beruschi Enterprises Ltd., Canadian Mountain Holidays, Eagle Pass Heliski, Mica Heli Guides, Revelstoke Rotary Club, Revelstoke Snowmobile Society, Azimuth Forestry and Mapping Solutions, Bresco Industries, Emcon, H&J Ready Mix, Joe Kozek Sawmill, Tony Morabito, TJ Developments & Roofing, Score Construction, Speers Construction, Revelstoke Equipment Rentals, Revelstoke Electric, Revelstoke Plumbing and Heating, Vic Van Isle Construction, Canadian Alps Tours, City Furniture Revelstoke, Community Futures, Downie Street Social Club, as well as numerous other groups and individuals.