Open house to focus on emergency service Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital and the Vermillion Clay County Emergency Medical Services will host an open house at the Sioux Valley Vermillion campus on May 5 from noon to 3 p.m.
Activities will include a tour and explanation of the hospital's emergency services, including the use of the hospital's new helipad, located adjacent to the hospital ER entrance at the corner of Main and Walker streets.
The helipad was completed earlier this year and offers a time savings benefit to patients who need emergency care. Instead of bringing patients into the hospital by ambulance for evaluation and stabilization, then transporting them to the Vermillion airport to wait for a helicopter, as was done in the past, trauma victims are now spared the extra time, as emergency flights � bringing critical care personnel, equipment and supplies � can now land right at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.
"Having the helipad here saves up to 20 minutes for each trip we had to make to the airport," said John Paulson, CEO. "Now, emergency medical teams have that much of a head start for transport to hospitals in Sioux Falls or Sioux City if a patient needs services beyond what is available here at Vermillion."
Approved by the city planning commission, city council, and the State Aeronautics Commission, the helipad was built by hospital maintenance staff and local contractors. Construction was a joint project of the Dakota Hospital Association and Foundation and Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Campus. Assistance was also provided by Kerry Berg, director of flight operations for Sioux Valley Intensive Air, and Kay Boik, flight nurse.
The helipad is now in service for use by helicopter emergency medical teams from Sioux Valley Hospital and McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, along with Marian Health Center in Sioux City, IA.
During the May 5 open house, Sioux Valley's Trauma One helicopter will be on the new helipad from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Another activity of the open house will be a car seat safety check, sponsored by the Vermillion Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available.