(Santa Rosa, Calif. – October 9, 2017) At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, all St. Joseph Health hospitals in
Napa and Sonoma counties opened their Incident Command Centers in preparation
to receive any individuals in need of medical treatment as a result of
the wildfires in the area.
All of our hospitals - Santa Rosa Memorial, Queen of the Valley Medical
Center (Napa), and Petaluma Valley Hospital - have seen an influx of individuals
At this time, all of our hospitals remain in operation and have suffered
no structural damage. We are currently adequately staffed, and our Incident
Command Centers remain open as we continue to respond to the wildfires
impacting Napa and Sonoma counties.
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department has treated about
60 individuals this morning as a result of the wildfires. Two are burn
patients who are in critical condition; 15 suffered moderate injuries
and 43 had minor injuries.
Santa Rosa Memorial also accepted evacuees from our neighboring hospitals
- including six transfers from Kaiser Santa Rosa and six transfers from
Sutter Medical Center. Patients transferred from Sutter included some
expectant mothers in active labor and newborns.
Queen of the Valley has treated approximately 40 patients, largely due
to smoke-inhalation. The Queen has transferred one patient with significant
burns to a burn center. The hospital has treated and released approximately
four patients for minor burns.
Petaluma Valley Hospital has not treated any burn victims at this time.
Six patients have come into the hospital with mild to moderate injuries
secondary to fire, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, asthma, and
smoke inhalation. The hospital has cared for patients evacuated from Sutter
Medical Center, Kaiser Santa Rosa and senior living facilities, including
obstetrics, medical and intensive care unit patients.
Our hospitals are beginning to see patients with injuries incurred as a
result of evacuation. This includes victims of car crashes and injuries
from falling. We implore 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.
We have also seen an influx of individuals with no medical need on our
campuses. These are individuals fleeing the fires. We are directing these
individuals to area shelters and emphasize that if you have no medical
need, please do not come to the hospital.