Mississippi Power partners with Pearl River hospital to revamp helipad
Published 3:33 pm Monday, May 8, 2023
by Mississippi Power
Mississippi Power recently partnered with Pearl River County Hospital to upgrade the area around their helipad.
Crews moved overhead lines that were near the landing space underground, effectively clearing the immediate area of powerlines and making it safer for pilots to take-off and land.
“We are so thankful for this partnership and for the work done by Mississippi Power,” said Director of Nursing Deena Branum. “We’re now able to better accommodate our Air Care flights, and our patients have quicker and safer access to the healthcare they need.”
The Air Care flights were limited to flying in and out one way to avoid the lines before they were moved underground. At the time, the hospital was only flying patients to other facilities once or twice a month. Now, they’re air-lifting patients multiple times a week.
“Having the area clear of lines definitely makes a difference,” said Pilot Tim Damico. “We’re no longer limited to a certain direction and can better adapt to wind and other factors to make sure the flight is as safe as possible for our patients.”
Representatives from Mississippi Power and Pearl River County Hospital were on-site to see the first helicopter landing. Allied Health students from Poplarville High School attended and got an up-close tour of the Air Care helicopter.
“Our Poplarville customers will also benefit from these updates,” said Area Manager Meg Payment. “By upgrading the equipment and moving the lines underground, we’ve strengthened our system and increased reliability in this community. It’s a true win/win solution.”
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