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Children’s Hospital to Use Vatican Heliport

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2015

Vatican Radio reported on July 17 that critical care transport now is possible using a heliport located in the Vatican Gardens.

An accord announced jointly by Bambino Gesù children’s hospital of Rome and the Vatican City State permits the heliport—on the southwestern edge of the Gardens—to be used by the hospital to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in urgent cases. The agreement is preparatory to the insertion of the Vatican heliport within the regional network for emergency management.

Pop Francis and President Mariella Enoc of Banbino Gesù both expressed their satisfaction with the initiative, with the latter adding that the physical location of Vatican City would reduce helicopter transit times, potentially saving the lives of some critically ill patients.

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