Coleman, Texas (June 16, 2021) – “We are sad to report that construction of the hospital’s new helipad made it necessary to tear down the beautiful magnolia tree on the corner of West College Avenue and Neches Street,” reported Clay Vogel, hospital administrator.
To enhance patient safety, the helipad will be located close to the ambulance drive and Emergency Department ambulance entry of the new addition to Coleman County Medical Center currently under construction. Unfortunately, the branches of the magnolia tree overhang the proposed helipad by over 15 feet and would pose a safety hazard for pilots.
The hospital acquired the Slate home from Tressia Slate Sturgis and Vernon Slate, the children of the late Vernon and Mary Slate, to provide space needed for a helicopter landing pad.
However, the legacy of the tree will live on with the planting of at least one magnolia in the new landscape planned for the campus. In addition, hospital staff took cuttings from the tree in the hopes that new trees can be propagated.