Stanford Life Flight helicopter landing temporarily relocated

Life Flight helicopter pilots plan their flights to reduce noise and other impacts on surrounding community

Courtesy of Stanford Hospital & Clinics Life Flight helicopter

Some Life Flight helicopter landings will move to a new location beginning Sept. 9.

On Monday, Sept. 9, the Stanford Hospital & Clinics Life Flight emergency helicopter and other helicopter ambulances bringing patients to the hospital will begin landing on a temporary helipad located on practice soccer fields near Sand Hill Road.

Patients will be met there with an ambulance that will then transport them to the hospital's Emergency Department.

The helicopter ordinarily lands on the Stanford Hospital's rooftop. Elevator renovations at the hospital are forcing the relocation, which is expected to last until the end of November.

Michael Baulch, patient care manager for Life Flight, said that during regular weather conditions, the Life Flight helicopter will follow a flight path over the parking structure on Stock Farm Road and will both ascend and descend at a steep grade to reduce noise and other impacts on the surrounding community.

"The helicopters will 'fly neighborly' to the temporary helipad in order to reduce noise impacts," Baulch said. The temporary location is across Sand Hill Road from the Oak Creek Apartments.

On average, two to four flights will touch down on the temporary site per day and each drop-off will take about 10 minutes to complete.

All non-patient helicopter transports – including, for instance, organ transplants – will continue to use the existing helipad on the roof of the hospital, where the Life Flight helicopters will also return for parking.

For more information about the temporary helipad, visit or call the construction hotline at (650) 701-SUMC (7862).