VACAVILLE — When Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center opened its 54-foot helipad earlier this year, it marked the addition of the largest hospital-based helipad in Solano County, able to land a Blackhawk military helicopter in the event of a communitywide disaster.
“We’re thrilled to bring yet another lifesaving resource to the people of Solano County,” said Max Villalobos, hospital administrator. “Not only does its size aid the community in the event of a disaster with multiple trauma victims, but it will provide quicker access to our trauma center when minutes count.”
With Solano County’s vast and geographically diverse terrain, it makes it a beautiful place to live – but not always so great when trauma happens in an isolated area.
Receiving care within the first 60 minutes after an injury occurs, also known as the “golden hour,” can increase a patient’s chance for survival, making access to a helipad a critical component to care.
The helipad is located adjacent to the west side of the Emergency Department.
“We’ve been energized by our partnership with the community, area first responders and our own physicians, nurses and staff,” Villalobos said. “They’ve all provided unwavering commitment and support for the helipad. The residents and visitors to this county are in great hands.”
The helipad is the latest improvement to the Vacaville campus that saw the opening of the hospital in 2009 and the addition of trauma services in 2011.
Katie Minke is communications manager for Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville.