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California Hospitals Evacuated Amid Wildfires


By Cathryn Jakicic Emergency Preparedness
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Wildfires devastating parts of California are testing the resilience and emergency preparedness of institutional and commercial facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities.

Three general acute care hospitals and other health care facilities were evacuated as massive wildfires burned across the state, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Several skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities and more than 300 patients were evacuated. Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise and several buildings on the facility's campus were damaged in the wildfires that have killed at least 85 people.

Two hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare were fully or partially evacuated, and more than 50 patients were transported other facilities. State officials say they need to assess the damage before the hospital can potentially reopen. Many of the hospital's staff say their homes have been damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

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