19-Apr-2017 Source: St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake now has a new helipad to help emergency medical staff treat the most time-sensitive emergencies and to provide efficient transport in and out of the hospital. The first helicopter landed on the new helipad on March 6, 2017.
A makeshift pad on the east side of the hospital near the outpatient lab had served as the landing zone at the hospital since helicopter medical transport began over three decades ago. “We’ve been working toward this day for a long time,” said Chief Willie Sapeta of the Lake County Fire Protection District. “Having a dedicated helipad at the hospital increases emergency response capabilities for all of Lake County.”
The new helipad is a benefit to patients and is appreciated by local first responders, hospital emergency staff and the air medical teams that provide transport services. “When REACH and CALSTAR land at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, our pilots now have a more straightforward flight path and our clinical team is closer to the entrance of the emergency department,” said Jeff Cress, REACH Program Manager for Santa Rosa, Lakeport and Willits. “It’s an improvement to safety and patient care.”
The helipad is busy most days of the week transporting patients directly from on-scene trauma or out of the hospital to receive specialty care. Helicopter transport is crucial to successfully treating patients in the hospital’s Emergency Department. If a patient’s condition requires specialized services that are offered at another facility, the helipad ensures the fastest possible access to care, bringing the best specialty centers in North Bay and greater Bay Area hospitals within minutes instead of hours.
“We are proud of our first-class emergency department, and the new helipad extends high-quality care to patients needing transport to our emergency department or out to a higher level of care,” said David Santos, president and CEO of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “We want to provide the best possible outcomes for our community when time is of the essence.”