Kaweah Delta Health Care District will celebrate the completion of its helipad today from 10-11:30 a.m. under the helipad in the main parking lot at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, 400 W. Mineral King Ave.
The $2.7 million helipad is expected to be fully operational by late summer.
Currently, Kaweah Delta staff are undergoing several months of intensive training to access patients who arrive by helicopter, said Dr. Nichole Meissner, Director of Trauma at Kaweah Delta. “The helipad’s installation will have far reaching effects for the region,” Dr. Meissner said. “It will help trauma victims get treatment faster and treatment in the first hour has a significant impact on survival, especially when it comes to trauma.”
With the helipad, a person who is traumatically injured in Springville could land at Kaweah Delta in just 12 minutes.