Banner Lassen Medical Center, Air Methods and SEMSA invite the community to an event to celebrate a new emergency medical helicopter service to be based at the hospital. The event is at 1 p.m., June 9th at Banner Lassen Medical Center, 1800 Spring Ridge Drive in Susanville. Refreshments will be served.
The new medical service began earlier this year as part of an agreement between the three entities. The agreement creates a model for providing quality emergency medical response for residents in rural areas. Organizers also hope to offer a better experience for patients when they are transferred from one facility to another for medical care.
The partnership covers emergency and non-emergency ambulance services, air ambulance response for critical situations and patient transfers, and emergency care at the hospital. In addition, the three agencies will work together to provide a seamless experience for patients.
The goals will be achieved by cooperating on quality assurance, educational programs and sharing staff between the hospital and SEMSA. First responders throughout the county will participate in standardized continuing education, quality assurance and operational efficiencies.
The base at the hospital has a number of employees including flight nurses, flight paramedics, pilots and mechanics. The helicopter will be in service 24 hours per day, seven days a week. It is equipped with the most advanced critical care supplies found in a hospital emergency room as well as advanced flight gear.
The helipad will be cordoned off from patient and employee parking areas and is situated on the west side of the hospital.
Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif., originally opened in 1883 as Lassen County Hospital. It is a part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 29 hospitals in seven states. Banner Lassen offers a range of services to aid in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Lassen.