By Lou Marzeles

KVH Helipad ready for work


Lou Marzeles

TAKING FLIGHT: KVH CEO Leslie Hiebert stands with members of the KVH Memorial Foundation on the hospital's new helipad. Pictured left to right are Ivy Velarde, Hiebert, Brenda Dryer, Norma Miner, and Fran Songer.

Dr. Rod Krehbiel of Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) points out the primary benefit of the LifeFlight helicopter service: the first hour is critical for heart attack and stroke victims. "To have the ability to transport patients so quickly to a facility that can provide the resources they need is a great help," he says. And KVH CEO Leslie Hiebert adds, "We LifeFlight about 50 patients a year. So that's about a person every month. That makes a huge difference for them."

KVH improves on its LifeFlight service tomorrow when it cuts the ribbon for the official opening of its new LifeFlight Helipad (officially: the Emergency Medical Services Air Transfer Helipad) in a ceremony there at 1 p.m., fo...

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