September 19, 2003

Shelbyville’s LifeFlight helipad dedicated

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Raford M. Hulan (left) is congratulated by Dr. John A. Morris during Tuesday’s dedication ceremony.Ann Bullard, Shelbyville Times Gazette

Shelbyville’s LifeFlight helipad dedicated

The helipad Vanderbilt LifeFlight uses at its Shelbyville base was named the Raford M. Hulan Helipad for Air Ambulance Services during a ceremony Tuesday.

Hulan, who has served on the Bedford County Medical Center Board of Directors for more than 30 years, was instrumental in getting the helipad built in 1981, using federal grant money. Hulan thanked attendees and presented a check to BCMC for $2,004 to start a fund to add a global positioning system approach at the helipad for helicopters.

Dr. John A. Morris, professor of Surgery in the division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and medical director of LifeFlight, praised Hulan as a "visionary" and said his efforts were one of the reasons LifeFlight located its second base in Shelbyville.