The Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) helicopter is once again flying across the mountains of western North Carolina directly to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The new helipad, adjacent to the hospital Emergency Department, reduces overall patient transport times by at least 20 minutes, and will keep our local ambulance providers in service. During construction of the new helipad, EMS was being used to shuttle patients to a remote site for airlift.
“We ushered in our new helipad with a very special blessing,” said Jackie Medland, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. “It’s truly humbling to think of all the lives that will be so positively impacted by efficient air transport. I’m also forever grateful for all of our team members who serve so tirelessly in the field, in the air and in our hospital.”
Click below to watch MAMA take off from the new helipad at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.