Governor Sandoval announced that the State of Jalisco will invest $12 million pesos to build new helipads, including those needed in Puerto Vallarta.
Health Secretary, Jaime Agustín González Álvarez, says that during the year the State of Jalisco performed 48 emergency airlifts.
“Jalisco’s Airborne Vital Emergency program has given us excellent results in saving lives throughout the state. Many women and their children have been saved by the program making it faster to transport them to the facilities most prepared to care for them in an emergency. The governor has provided state helicopters when needed in emergency care,” Álvarez stated.
With a new helipad in Puerto Vallarta, emergency care can be made available more rapidly and save lives. The investment in Puerto Vallarta is estimated to be $4 million pesos for the new emergency medical care helipads.
Helipads are common features at hospitals where they serve to facilitate MEDEVACs or air ambulance transfers of patients to trauma units or to accept patients from remote areas without local hospitals or facilities capable of providing the level of emergency care required. In urban environments, these heliports are typically located on the roof of the hospital but may also be built in empty fields neighboring emergency care facilities.