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NorthBay Powers Through Wind, Fire, Outages

Posted: October 29, 2019

NorthBay Healthcare’s two hospitals, as well as its primary care centers and specialty services, continue to operate normally as the impact of wildfires in Northern California spreads.

On Saturday, 20 acute-care patients evacuated from Healdsburg District Hospital and 10 from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital were admitted to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.

The Healdsburg hospital is a 43-bed facility that serves the communities of Windsor, Geyserville, Cloverdale and Healdsburg. Sutter Santa Rosa, an 84-bed acute care facility, evacuated about 100 patients in all, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Fairfield hospital’s ability to assist was made a bit easier thanks to the recent opening of a new three-story wing, which includes 22 more acute-care beds on the second floor. Healdsburg patients, some of whom required intensive care, arrived by ambulance in the late afternoon and evening on Saturday.

“Our team of physicians, nurses, technicians and all support groups worked through the weekend to ensure patients were not affected by the power issues and wildfires,” said Aimee Brewer, president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. “Their continued dedication and professionalism was amazing as they answered the call.”

Hospital and medical offices are being closely monitored to ensure satisfactory air quality. Special air filters and air-cleansing equipment is being deployed if needed.

Chief Medical Officer Seth Kaufman, M.D., added, “We encourage you to stay indoors and keep doors to the outside closed. Don’t be outside in the smoke if you can avoid it.”

“As PG&E issues notices of potential new outages in Solano County, NorthBay Healthcare is prepared to manage new challenges as they arrive,” said Brewer. “If there is a need for any rescheduling of patient services, patients will be given as much advanced notice as possible.”

She added, “We will keep you apprised, but at this time there are no changes.”

To keep abreast of the latest news on power outages planned for Solano County or other developments related to the fires in Sonoma County and elsewhere, use these links to public agencies involved:

  • For updates on power issues, including the Public Safety Power Shutoff plans, visit www.PGE.COM.
  • For air quality issues, https://visit airnow.gov.
  • For Emergency information visit the Solano County Office of Emergency Services at www.Solanocounty.com.
  • Watch for Emergency Services updates on www.Facebook.com, search for Solano County OES – Office of Emergency Services.
  • Sign up for Nixle alerts from local safety agencies. Text your Zip Code to 888777 to opt-in or register for Alert Solano at https://bit.ly/2qXxztX.

PG&E has opened several customer resource centers in Solano County. They are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating. Locations are at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo; at S&S Supply Solutions, 2700 Maxwell Way in Fairfield; and at Lowe’s, 1751 E. Monte Vista Ave., in Vacaville.