Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Wednesday that its new and improved helipad has been opened for the first time since its relocation last year.
The landing platform is intended for use by helicopters transporting emergency patients seeking immediate medical attention, the hospital said in a statement.
The new helipad is 262 feet high, 50 feet higher than the previous platform. It can also support a US Coast Guard helicopter and is heated to melt any ice and snow off during the winter, according to the hospital.
The helipad was relocated because of a project that began last October at Boston Children’s Hospital, which is adjacent to Brigham and Women’s, the statement said.
Approximately 500 medical flights land at the Brigham every year, and about 30 percent of those go to Children’s Hospital, the statement said.
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