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Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Receives Level II Trauma Designation

October 11, 2013

  REGIONS: Northern California 

Vacaville, Calif. – The Solano Emergency Medical Services Cooperative (SEMSC) has officially designated Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center as the county’s sole Level II trauma center.

Since 2011, Kaiser Permanente Vacaville has operated as a Level III trauma center. The Level II designation means that the hospital will be the one facility in Solano County approved to treat more serious injuries. Previously, those cases had been transported to Level II centers in neighboring counties.

“We want to thank everyone in the community who supported Kaiser Permanente, and offer our heartfelt appreciation for the confidence you expressed in our ability to provide this advanced life-saving care,” said Max Villalobos, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Permanente in the Solano and Napa area. “We are proud of our phenomenal team of trauma experts, and the superior trauma and neurosurgical programs we’ve built to serve the entire Solano County community.”

At the meeting, Nels Sanddal, Manager of Verification/Consultation Programs for the American College of Surgeons, presented the findings from the group’s Independent Review Panel, which reviewed applications for trauma designation and inspected prospective sites. He revealed scores tabulated after the site visits, and presented the recommendation that Kaiser Permanente be designated the county’s Level II trauma center. The SEMSC board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation.

“Our world-class physicians and staff are preparing to provide the Solano County community with high-quality, affordable Level II trauma care – including our acclaimed neurosurgical team – at our Vacaville Medical Center in early November,” said Steven Stricker, Physician in Chief, Kaiser Permanente in the Napa Solano area. “We expect to continue to work closely with the other local trauma programs to enhance the Solano County trauma system, and provide education and resources to help prevent traumatic injuries for the residents of Solano County.”

Kaiser Permanente also announced that it will open Vacaville’s only labor & delivery service in November at its Vacaville Medical Center. This new service will offer families and newborns a caring team of experts supported by state-of-the-art equipment in a family-centered environment.

Vacaville Medical Center will be the second Level II trauma center for Kaiser Permanente, a proven leader in trauma care. The organization operates one of the region’s top performing and fully accredited Level II Trauma Centers at its South Sacramento Medical Center.

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