Adventist Health could soon be allowed to set up an emergency
room in Paradise.
A bill carving out an exception from the state rule forbidding
free-standing emergency rooms for Feather River Hospital is
expected to come to a final vote in the state legislature soon.
A new cancer care center has opened in Chico, staffed by doctors
and nurses who worked through the Camp Fire at a hospital in
Marysville to continue providing care for more than 100 cancer
The new center in north Chico will provide access for patients
who lost their care location when Adventist Health Feather River
Cancer Center in Paradise was forced to close after the Camp
Fire, and is dually sponsored by both UC Davis Health and
Adventist Health. (Enterprise-Record)
A spokesperson for the Feather River Hospital said on Friday that
the hospital reopening was a matter of when, not if.
This comes two days after the word was that the hospital may
not reopen, as damage from the Camp Fire continues to be
assessed. The hospital is the largest employer in Paradise, with
over 1,000 full-time and part-time employees.
The Paradise hospital where she has worked as a nurse
for more than a decade was damaged by the Camp Fire last Thursday
and her home burned to the ground, but Birgitte Randall and her
colleagues weren’t in the mood to feel sorry for themselves.
Within days, they were part of a growing team of medical
personnel and volunteers who flooded into the East Ave
Nazarene Church in Chico, setting up a medical triage unit
and shelter for hundreds of refugees from the blaze. (The
A trio of wildfires has devoured tens of thousands of acres and
numerous structures throughout California, killing at least 29
people as of Monday morning. In Northern California, the Camp
fire damaged Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in the town
of Paradise. The town has been leveled by the Camp Fire,
according to news reports. Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies helped
evacuate patients as the roof burned, according to CBS San
Many of us have watched in horror as wildfires have viciously
engulfed both Northern and Southern California. As of
today, CNN has reported that a quarter of a million
people have been displaced from their homes statewide and 9
people have lost their lives.
But Tamara Ferguson, a labor and delivery nurse from Chico, CA,
part of Butte County, where so far, over 90,000 acres have burned
and 52,000 people have been evacuated, didn’t just hear about the
fires — she lived through them. (nurse.org)
Adventist Health Feather River has been honored with several
Healthgrades Awards for 2018. AHFR receives the Pulmonary Care
Excellence Award, the only hospital in the Chico-Redding area to
achieve the award for 2018, and is in the top 10% in the nation
for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2018. The hospital is a
Five-Star recipient for treatment of pneumonia for the 6th year
in a row, and a Five-Star recipient for treatment of respiratory
failure for the 5th year in a row. (Action News Now)
Paradise’s Adventist Health Feather River was recently named as
one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice
Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in
healthcare. The award means that Adventist Health Feather River
is in the top 8 percent of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering stroke
care services. (paradisepost.com)
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