LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While making a step forward, Jewish Hospital made a nod to its history.
Hospital officials cut the ribbon on a new helicopter landing pad. The helipad, located on the top level of the patient and guest parking garage, is named for the family of Jack M. and Janis B. Klempner.
The helipad will reduce transport time for clinical care patients in need of hand care, organ transplant and other types of treatment at Jewish. In the past, Jewish Hospital patients had to be flown to University of Louisville Hospital and then brought to Jewish by ground ambulance.
"The idea is for us is the ability to bring in patients not only more quickly but from a distance is a tremendous asset to the community and to the hospital," said Dr. Mark Slaughter, executive director of cardiovascular services for the KentuckyOne Health Louisville.
The $2.1 million project, which was funded by a gift to the Jewish Hospital & Saint Mary's Foundation, included a pedway that provides a direct connection to the third floor of the Rudd Heart and Lung Center.
Jewish says it was the first hospital to use medical helicopters in the area, first doing so in 1982.