Revelstoke’s Queen Victoria Hospital needs a helicopter landing pad that meets Transport Canada regulations. The Revelstoke District Health Foundation goal is to raise $465,000 to make this a reality.
It is our belief that Revelstoke and surrounding areas would benefit from this increase in service and more importantly provide lifesaving medical transport to our community’s most critical patients. Help us help you and together we will make a difference in a life that needs it most.
Identifying the Need
As a mountain community that is internationally recognized as a major adventure capital in Canada, QVH is a busy hospital that must provide critical emergency care to members of our community, region and to the many visitors to our mountain community. We are seeing increasing traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway, rail traffic through the mountain with CP Rail, and a substantial industry and forestry sector, a National Park, BC Hydro dams, and of course our 8,000 permanent residents.
Whether it is highway accidents, mountain or water adventure accidents, industrial accidents or general medical emergencies – unfortunately, accidents happen and the QVH medical team provides urgent, lifesaving care. When these situations occur, patients need transportation to a higher level of care as quickly as possible. QVH currently has a small informal landing area that has been used in the past. It is recommended by Transport Canada, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and Interior Health that this pad not be used for safety reasons – at this time, any landing is at the discretion and risk of each pilot. Our community and patients need and deserve top quality, reliable transportation.
In 2010 Emergency Management BC conducted a report outlaying the Best Practices Review of the Boulder Mountain Avalanche Incident and came to the conclusion that Revelstoke Hospital obtain an approved heli-pad due to the urgency of avalanche incidents. Click here to read the report in full.
Angus Woodman wrote a great overview of his experience with the emergency services in Revelstoke. Although he is grateful for the emergency services, “From the time of his accident to the point at which he was admitted into QVH was just over 2 hours. Due to this delay his body temperature had been reduced to less than 32 degrees and given the nature of his injury and the internal bleeding that was occurring he was in sever distress when he arrived at QVH” Read Angus’ full account here.
“In 2015 I had a heart attack. The helicopter flew from Kamloops to get me. They were here within an hour. Their treatment of me was excellent and they made me feel very comfortable. In Kelowna you land on the roof of the hospital. I went directly to the coronary care unit. They were waiting for me and within minutes I was down in the Cath Lab to treat my heart condition. To have a helicopter pad at Queen Victoria Hospital is long overdue. I can’t imagine how many lives it will actually save.” – QVH Patient Bill Zmaeff. Read Bill’s full account here.
Revelstoke can be a very isolated community, especially when the highways are closed to major traffic accidents, snow or weather conditions (i.e. avalanches). There are a number of reasons why now:
- Since 2011, BCEHS has provided a dedicated air ambulance located in Kamloops. This helicopter operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
- The tertiary hospitals in Kelowna and Kamloops, where most often QVH patients are transported, have had their heliports upgraded to receive direct transfers right to the hospital.
- Because critical patients from Revelstoke deserve the best care we can provide – which means fast transportation to specialized medical care when it is needed.
How do we make this happen?
The Revelstoke District Health Foundation is asking the community, businesses and government agencies to come together and raise the $465,000 capital costs to build this heliport.
Interior Health has committed to cover the ongoing annual costs to operate the heliport once it is constructed.
The detail design work for the proposed QVH heliport has been completed and meets Transport Canada requirements. Funds for this work were generously donated by the City of Revelstoke Tourism Infrastructure Committee and the Revelstoke District Health Foundation.
Click here to view the the Heliport Plans: Ground Effect Heliport Plans
Above: The completed helipad at Invermere District Hospital – similar to what QVH’s pad will look like in the future!
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For More Information
View an overall presentation of the HeliPad Project (to download the presentation click the photo):
Letter’s of Support: