New heliport at Boundary Hospital officially opens

The new heliport at the Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks was made possible by a $200,000 donation from the Clifton family

Linda Larson

Cutline: Linda Larson, Boundary-Similkameen MLA; Glenn Sutherland (second from left), Interior Health board director; and Les Cleverley, manager critical care operations, B.C. Ambulance, watch as Ron and Linda Clifton cut the ribbon to official open the new heliport at the Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks on Oct. 28.

The heliport was made possible by a $200,000 donation from the Clifton family and honours the memory of Gordon and Jean Clifton, long time Grand Forks and Christina Lake residents, and parents of Ron.

The heliport will be used by the B.C. Ambulance Service dedicated emergency helicopter in Kamloops and other contracted helicopter companies. The new heliport will mean that critically  ill patients requiring helicopter transportation can leave straight from Boundary Hospital instead of traveling via ambulance to the Grand Forks Airport.

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