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St. Joseph Health hospitals remain open and fully functional; emergency departments continue to care for individuals impacted by fires


(Santa Rosa, Calif. – October 10, 2017) St. Joseph Health hospitals in Northern California—Santa Rosa Memorial, Queen of the Valley Medical Center (Napa), and Petaluma Valley Hospital—remain open and prepared to care for individuals in need of medical treatment as a result of the wildfires impacting Napa and Sonoma counties. Our hospitals have not suffered any structural damage and we are currently adequately staffed and prepared to care for the influx of patients coming to the hospital in need of care. As of 9:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, October 10, 2017):

· Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department has treated approximately 100 individuals since the wildfires began. At total of 14 patients have been treated for burns, six of which were transported to area burn centers. Five were treated and released; three remain in our care in the ICU and med-surgery units; four patients were transferred to burn centers. The majority of patients have presented with respiratory-related issues, including difficulty breathing, asthma, and throat irritation; approximately 15% of these patients have been admitted due to their respiratory issues.

· Queen of the Valley has treated approximately 50 patients, largely due to smoke-inhalation and minor injuries related to the fire. While the wildfires are still occurring in Napa County, Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s operations have returned to normal and, as a result, EMS has approved the closure of the Incident Command Center at this hospital.

· Petaluma Valley Hospital has cared for approximately 35 patients in its emergency department and the majority of these patients were treated and released with mild to moderate injuries secondary to fire, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, asthma, and smoke inhalation. The number of patients the hospital’s Emergency Department has treated has doubled since the wildfires started. Five of these individuals were admitted to monitor their injuries and four patients were in active labor and delivered their babies at the hospital. There have been no patients with burns at Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Our hospitals are also caring for 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 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. St. Joseph Health Urgent Cares and After Hours care clinics (walk-in, non-emergent care) will be open today and able to care for non-life threatening medical needs, including prescriptions:

  • After Hours clinics are open in the following locations and hours:
    • 510 Doyle Park, Santa Rosa is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. today
    • 905 E. Washington Street, Petaluma is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today
  • Urgent Care clinics are open at all three locations in Sonoma County, operating normally during regular business hours.
    • Santa Rosa is located at 925 Corporate Center Parkway, Suite A and is open 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Rohnert Park is located at 1450 Medical Center Drive and is open 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Windsor is located at 6580 Hembree Lane, Suite 270 and is open 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Due to the very poor air quality in and around the North Bay, please only venture out when necessary to reduce exposure to smoky air, keeping windows and doors closed, and use appropriate precautions to protect your airway (such as wearing a mask labeled N95 or N100).

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