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Volume 12 • No 1 • Spring 2015

The big picture

Taking to the sky

When Eileen Thatcher experienced a headache in 2013 that was so severe it felt “like a grenade going off,” doctors in remote Humboldt County knew she needed the urgent, specialized care only offered at UC Davis Medical Center. She and a medical team soon took to the skies to quickly travel to Sacramento, where she was greeted by an Emergency Medicine team. She was treated for and recovered from a brain aneurysm. From Portland to Fresno, from outside the Bay Area to Reno, UC Davis is the only inland Northern California acute-care hospital that offers a Level 1 adult and pediatric emergency and trauma center, caring for more than 60,000 patients each year. Many arrive by landing on one of the hospital’s two rooftop helipads. Transport is handled through a number of agencies and nonprofits, including California Shock Trauma Rescue air ambulance service, known as CalStar, which is pictured here above the medical center’s helipads.

At the controls is CalStar pilot Grant Hamilton. Looking on are UC Davis senior trauma technician Oscar Acevedo and nurse Brian Stroben.

All appropriate safety procedures were followed in taking this photograph.

Taking to the sky

When Eileen Thatcher experienced a headache in 2013 that was so severe it felt “like a grenade going off,” doctors in remote Humboldt County knew she needed the urgent, specialized care only offered at UC Davis Medical Center. She and a medical team soon took to the skies to quickly travel to Sacramento, where she was greeted by an Emergency Medicine team. She was treated for and recovered from a brain aneurysm. From Portland to Fresno, from outside the Bay Area to Reno, UC Davis is the only inland Northern California acute-care hospital that offers a Level 1 adult and pediatric emergency and trauma center, caring for more than 60,000 patients each year. Many arrive by landing on one of the hospital’s two rooftop helipads. Transport is handled through a number of agencies and nonprofits, including California Shock Trauma Rescue air ambulance service, known as CalStar, which is pictured here above the medical center’s helipads.

At the controls is CalStar pilot Grant Hamilton. Looking on are UC Davis senior trauma technician Oscar Acevedo and nurse Brian Stroben.

All appropriate safety procedures were followed in taking this photograph.