Swedish Medical Center January 25, 2019

Swedish Medical Center, a level I trauma center and the Rocky Mountain region's primary trauma referral center, celebrated the re-opening of their rooftop helipad with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and helicopter landing by HealthONE's AirLife transport team.

The helipad at Swedish Medical Center serves flight crews from a multi-state region including more than a dozen flight companies from the Western slope to the Eastern plains. Over 450 patients arrived at Swedish Medical Center via helicopter transport last year alone.

"We have over one hundred hospitals that send us patients to receive a higher level of care. Patients arrive from all over the country and occasionally from other parts of the world," said Richard Hammett, president and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. "This helipad is one of the key entry points for not only the patients at Swedish, but also the patients at Craig Hospital next door."

Construction on the hospital helipad began late October and includes the installation of a new ramp, updated lighting and canopy for the protection and safety of patients and staff when arriving via helicopter at Swedish Medical Center. Hospital operations remained intact throughout the construction process with the hospital utilizing a temporary helipad nearby.

About Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA's HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state's first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region's neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south Denver metro area's only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology.