FREDERICK, MD - A helicopter touched down for the first time Thursday morning for a test landing at Frederick Memorial Hospital's new helipad.
The rooftop helicopter landing is six stories high and 61 by 61 feet wide.
"I just talked to the pilots, and they said we've got the best helipad in Maryland and that it was a beautiful day for a landing and they're going to feel very safe bringing patients to our hospital and taking patients up the road if necessary," said John Verbus, chief operating officer for Frederick Regional Health System.
The helipad was moved to the roof to make way for build a 400-space addition to the FMH parking garage. Both are part of a $25 million planning project.
Those at the hospital hope the helipad will make it easier to care for patients.
"Our intensive care unit and our emergency department are right below this helipad. It's the right location, and it's going to allow us to provide better care for the Frederick community," Verbus said.
The crew also went over safety measures for FMH staff.