Published: Nov 25, 2013 7:28 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) - The University of Miami Hospital is opening a new helicopter pad that will provide greater access to medical care for patients, including those from the Bahamas.
Bahamas Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez is attending Monday's official opening of the helipad on the hospital's fifth floor, along with hospital officials and University of Miami President Donna Shalala.
Hospital CEO Dan Snyder says in addition to patients the helipad will be a key drop-off point for medical supplies and personnel. It will also enable people from across the Americas to more easily take part in the hospital's research and clinical trials.
The University of Miami Hospital has 560 beds and allows access to physicians and other caregivers from the Miller School of Medicine.

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