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Queen of the Valley remains open and fully functional on the third day of the wildfires


The emergency department continues to care for individuals impacted by the fires

(Santa Rosa, Calif. – October 11, 2017) St Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center remains open and fully functional with no structure damage as a result of the wildfires that have impacted Napa and Sonoma counties.

The hospital opened its Incident Command Center at 1 a.m. on Monday, October 9, to prepare for an influx of individuals in need of medical treatment as a result of the wildfires in the area. The strong winds that morning forced the hospital to revert to generator power for five hours, starting around 4 a.m. By Monday morning at 8 a.m., the hospital had restored PG&E power.

The hospital continues to actively monitor the progress of the wildfires in and around Napa, and is coordinating with all of our county agencies including, Napa County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Emergency Medical Services and Cal Fire. QVMC is not under any threat where evacuation is necessary. The hospital continues to closely monitor the situation and the hospital has an evacuation plan ready to deploy if it becomes necessary.

Since the fires began, Queen of the Valley has treated approximately 60 patients, largely due to smoke-inhalation and minor injuries related to the fire. The medical center has transferred one patient with significant burns to a burn center.

All elective procedures will continue to be postponed at Queen of the Valley to conserve resources in the event there is an influx of patients in need of life-saving or time-sensitive procedures. The hospital understands wildfires continue to impact many patients and elective surgeries will be rescheduled at a time that is convenient for patients, as progress is made on containing the wildfires. In addition, Outpatient Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy) services are closed at this time. Please visit for updates on when services will resume.

St. Joseph Health hospitals are caring for patients with injuries that incurred as a result of evacuation, such as from car crashes and injuries from falling. Queen of the Valley implores the public to take all necessary precautions and be safe; heed all evacuation orders; don’t speed; do not venture out unless it is necessary. The hospital recommends only venturing out when necessary to reduce exposure to smoky air, keeping windows and doors closed, and use appropriate precautions to protect your airway (such as purchasing a mask to wear labeled N95 or N100).

The hospital is asking that individuals who are fleeing the fires and do not have a medical need, visit area evacuation centers to seek shelter. For non-life threatening medical needs, including prescriptions and prescription refills, patients may visit St. Joseph Health Prompt Care, located in Napa, is open at 1621 W. Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Synergy Medical Fitness Center is open for Queen of the Valley employees and Synergy members who have been displaced by the fires to shower and charge mobile devices (please be sure to bring your own charger). The west entrance by Outpatient Therapy is open. Due to the poor air quality outside and to ensure the safety of all Synergy members, the exercise equipment is not available for use at this time. Please check for updates on when Synergy will reopen for exercise.

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