Dedication ceremony held for Medical Park helipad, a $70,000 project; Uses to include serving hospital's neonatal ICU


The helipad at Anne Arundel Medical Center's growing Medical Park campus was dedicated Friday in ceremonies that included the first landing -- with state Sen. John C. Astle demonstrating his skills as a MedStar helicopter pilot.

Built at a cost of about $70,000 -- including $50,000 pledged by the Annapolis Lions Club -- the helipad's uses will include serving the hospital's regional neonatal intensive care unit.

Annapolis Lions President Don Hopkins dedicated the helipad to past, present and future members, and reiterated the organization's dedication to emergency medical services. The Lions also funded the first Annapolis-area helipad, near Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in the early 1970s.

The hospital, which has embarked on a $65 million capital project, plans to move all operations from its downtown site to the campus off U.S. 50 near Annapolis Mall by April 2001.

Under construction are a 600-car garage, scheduled to open by the end of this year, and a 211-bed hospital scheduled for completion in spring 2001.

AAMC, founded as the Annapolis Emergency Hospital, will celebrate its centennial in 2002.

Astle, a Democrat, represents the 30th legislative district, which includes Annapolis. His experience with helicopters included duty with the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War.

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