SFGH neighbors continue helipad fight

A Potrero Hill group continues to fight the possibility that San Francisco General Hospital will build a helipad.

The so-called Neighbors of San Francisco General Hospital – which operates the Web site, www.stophelipad.com – is hosting a fundraiser for the effort Saturday at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

The cost to attend in $100.

“There’s a state bill that will require SFGH to build a helipad and we need to fight that bill,” according to an advertisement for the fundraiser.

The bill, AB 1272, “would require a local emergency medical service to include within its trauma system plan the provision of air transport of trauma patients to, and between, trauma centers, if the local emergency medical service agency elects to implement a trauma system,” as stated in the legislation.

The bill was co-authored by Assemblymembers Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. It was last amended in July and now sits in the state Senate Health Committee.

SFGH operates the only trauma center in The City. Last month, The City broke ground on a $887.4 million rebuild of the hospital slated to be completed in 2015.

The rebuild plans do not include construction of a helipad, and The City currently has no plans to add the amenity to those plans, a Department of Public Health spokesman told The Examiner today.

In July, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a resolution approving a helipad at UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay.

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