Sunnybrook Magazine - Spring 2019

New helipad will improve access to life-saving care at Sunnybrook

When a patient’s life hangs in the balance, every second counts. Sunnybrook’s new rooftop helicopter pad, now under construction, will ensure life-saving treatment can start that much faster.

  • One in 10 Sunnybrook trauma patients arrive by air ambulance. A team of eight or more highly trained staff then diagnose the patient and begin treatment as quickly as possible.
  • Air ambulances also transport high-risk mothers and very premature babies in need of urgent care.
  • The new 75-by-75-foot helipad will sit on the roof of the main wing of the hospital. A covered tunnel will protect patients arriving in poor weather, leading to a pair of dedicated elevators for quick access to the treatment areas.
  • The project was made possible thanks to the generosity of donors, including the Gelato Cup and the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation.
  • Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.
  • Sunnybrook’s Tory Trauma Program, the largest in Canada, treats more than 2,000 patients annually from across Ontario who need rapid, life-saving care following a car crash, fall or other catastrophic injury.

Helipad Illustration