Hospitals scramble to evacuate hundreds of patients in Wine Country fire – The Mercury News

As more than a dozen fires raged Monday across large swaths of Napa and Sonoma counties, some hospitals were forced to quickly evacuate patients and staff as the flames and smoke threatened their facilities.

As of mid-day, here’s a look what various hospitals are doing:

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Evacuated its more than 80 patients; the hospital reported on social media that “all patients and staff are safe.”

A Sutter Health rep said that by 9 a.m. Regional Hospital had finished evacuating the last of its patients and that the hospital was sending staff home.

A note on the center’s website said all “patients are safe and have been transferred to other area hospitals. Due to road closures, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital is inaccessible at this time and all surgeries, scheduled through Tuesday, October 10 have been cancelled.”

The hospital advised people to call 707-576-4000 for more updates.

Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa medical center

Evacuated 130 patients.

“Kaiser Permanente is closely monitoring the situation in Napa and Sonoma Counties,” said spokesman Karl Sonkin. “Our top priority is the safety of our patients, members, staff and our community.  Approximately 130 patients were safely evacuated from the Santa Rosa medical center earlier this morning due to fires burning in the area. Patients were transported to Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael and other local hospitals and evacuation sites. All scheduled appointments and surgeries have been cancelled for the day in Santa Rosa and Napa. Kaiser Permanente Napa medical offices at 3285 Claremont Way are closed.

“We will continue to evaluate the situation throughout the day and provide more information as it becomes available.”

In another statement, Kaiser said the evacuation of in Santa Rosa was “successfully completed by 6 a.m.  due to fires burning in the area.  Patients requiring medical support were transported to other facilities by ambulance.  Non-critically ill patients were transported via private buses.”

Kaiser also said that neither its Santa Rosa hospital nor its Napa medical offices were damaged. “Families seeking information about patients in the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa hospital can call 855-599-0033” to find out where they’d been transferred,” said Kaiser, adding that “nurses and other staff are encouraged to contact their local staffing centers if they are available to assist.”

Finally, Kaiser said it was making an initial $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross “to help with the community’s immediate needs. We will continue to evaluate the situation throughout the day and provide more information as it becomes available.”

 

Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael hospital

This hospital received many of the evacuated patients.

“We have safely evacuated the Santa Rosa medical center due to fires burning in the area. Many patients were transported to Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael and other local hospitals,” Kaiser spokeswoman Jenny Mack said in an email. “All scheduled appointments and surgeries have been canceled for the day in Santa Rosa and the Napa medical offices.”

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