MEDINA One of the more significant complaints surrounding the safety of the Cleveland Clinic helicopter at Medina Hospital was cleared up with help from Sen. Sherrod Brown.

On behalf of the city of Medina, Brown looked into the matter of the currently unlit cell tower located behind properties on Grandview Lane. The approximately 200-foot cell tower is across the street from Medina Hospital’s helipad.

Since the Cleveland Clinic’s Sikorsky S-76 was first stationed at Medina Hospital Oct. 20, 2010, nearby residents have urged the city to ensure that the cell tower is lit. Many have cited the lack of proper lighting as a safety hazard. According to a NOTAM issued by the Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport Team, the official flight path into Medina Hospital is south on I-77 and west on Route 18 until reaching the hospital campus.

The helicopters, however, have been seen flying over Grandview Lane, edging close to the cell tower.

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