December 8, 2017

Around the nation: Calif. hospital safely evacuates patients before wildfire strikes

Daily Briefing

    Vista Del Mar Hospital lost at least two facilities in the fire, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Idaho, and New York.

    • California: Vista Del Mar Hospital, which treats patients with behavioral health conditions, earlier this week successfully relocated all of their patients after the hospital's campus suffered damage from a wildfire. The hospital evacuated 67 patients and 20 staff on Monday night, eventually rehoming patients at the hospital's sister facility in Pasadena, California; a behavioral center in Bakersfield, California, and at two Ventura County hospitals. The hospital lost at least two buildings to the fire, including the facilities for adolescent patients and for the hospital administration (Kisken, Ventura County Star, 12/5).

    • Idaho: Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center COO Jeff Sollis will take over as CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2018. In the past, Sollis has served as COO of Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Utah and assistant COO of HCA Wesley Medical Center in Kansas (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/6).

    • New York: Health officials confirmed a pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak at Oneonta High School. Six student cases have been identified since Nov. 22. Parents have been informed of the outbreak (Zimmerman, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 12/6).

    Members ask: How can our hospital prepare for disasters?

    Hospitals must be prepared for myriad disasters that can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital health care services.

    Advisory Board has compiled step-by-step procedures for various threats your facility may encounter—though we hope you'll never need to use them.

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