Health: Redmond, AirLife agreement brings 24/7 emergency helicopter to service to region. Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Sept. 15.

Health: Redmond, AirLife agreement brings 24/7 emergency helicopter to service to region. Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Sept. 15.

 

Joe Pardue, North Georgia Area Manager for AirLife Georgia, gives visitors a tour of AirLife 15 at Redmond’s helipad ribbon cutting event last week. Photo by Andrew Calvert.

 

Redmond Regional Medical Center’s new helipad is operational and the hospital announces an agreement with AirLife Georgia to base a full-time helicopter and flight crew at the hospital.

Redmond’s decision to build the helipad was to further enhance emergency services. One of the most visible changes was the expansion of the landing zone, designed to accommodate multiple members of emergency and trauma teams. The helipad is outside the ambulance entrance to the emergency room, thus allowing trauma and emergency teams to treat critically ill patients even quicker than before.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of our AirLife 15 air medical base,” said Marcus Lindsey, regional business development manager at Air Methods. “The new location offers enhanced access to care via our flying intensive care unit for the residents and visitors of Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.”

Redmond installed electrical inputs and recess lighting into the groundwork of the helipad. In addition to the $350,000 construction, living quarters were built just below the emergency room to accommodate the on-call pilots.

Says Redmond Chief Executive Officer John Quinlivan: “We know many citizens will survive their medical emergencies because this helicopter is now based at Redmond. We feel very good about that.”


Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc event at Bridgepoint Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. The event will feature a short wellness chat given by a Harbin Clinic physician followed by a 2-mile health walk along Kingfisher Trail.

Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week, according to experts, and walking is a great way to achieve that goal. It can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, promote weight loss and improve your mood.

“This is a fantastic event for our community because it allows us to come together once a month, learn something from a healthcare professional, meet new people and walk,” says Harbin Clinic ENT physician, Dr. Margaret Beauchamp.

Walk with a Doc is held every third Saturday from April to November. Walkers should wear light clothing and comfortable shoes to stay safe in the summer heat. Georgia weather can be unpredictable, so visit Harbin Clinic’s website, Facebook and Twitter for updates on the event.

 

 

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