Cheers to Kaiser Permanente and NorthBay Healthcare for their efforts to ramp up trauma care in Solano County.
Both have level III trauma centers, Kaiser at its Vacaville Medical Center and NorthBay in Fairfield at NorthBay Medical Center. Both sought the county’s only allowable level II trauma center. Kaiser got the nod Thursday from the American College of Surgeons and then from the Solano County Emergency Medical Services Cooperative’s board of directors.
The American College of Surgeons made it clear that both are capable of providing quality level II trauma care, which speaks well of both health care organizations.
Jeers to Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, who joined the other mayors across the county early this week in endorsing Kaiser Permanente’s bid for the level II trauma center designation.
We understand the attraction for Vacaville’s mayor, and for Dixon’s mayor, to back Kaiser’s Vacaville hospital for the coveted designation. Vacaville is closer to the residents they serve. The residents of Vallejo and Benicia, meanwhile, are familiar with Kaiser because of the health care giant’s footprint in Vallejo.
As it turns out, Price’s endorsement swayed Rio Vista’s mayor, who withdrew his endorsement once he realized what was happening.
To be sure, Kaiser can do the job. But so can NorthBay. At a minimum, Price should have kept his personal views to himself rather than make a symbolic decision for the whole of Fairfield.
Cheers to Travis Credit Union for stepping in to help cover a financial shortfall in next week’s North Bay Stand Down in Dixon.
Stand down organizers were expecting a $10,000 federal grant to help cover certain costs of the three-day event in Dixon. That grant got caught in the partial government shutdown.
The shutdown will likely harm local veterans who benefit from the stand down because personnel at Travis Air Force Base cannot take as formal a role in making the annual event a success.
Many airmen will come out on their own time, though, to help those who blazed the trail of military service before them.
Cheers to them for that.