By Carl Corry
The Huntington Town Board has approved a $28,000 deal allowing Huntington Hospital to use a portion of a parking facility adjoining Mill Dam Park in Huntington as a helipad.
The two-year licensing arrangement, approved at the Aug. 11 town board meeting, allows the hospital to use the space beginning this month through July 31, 2017 to transport patients in need of urgent treatment from Huntington Hospital, which is owned by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, to the most appropriate health care facility depending on the care that is needed. The helipad will also be used to transport harvested organs to and from Huntington Hospital.
As per the deal, the hospital will pay the town $14,062 in two payments – first at the execution of the deal and then at the end of the two-year term.
Town of Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter said the pact revives a previous arrangement the town had with the hospital “some time ago.”