Volunteer nurses, physicians take care of patients displaced by California wildfire

A group of medical personnel and volunteers opened a medical triage unit and shelter for refugees from the deadliest wildfire in California history, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The blaze, Camp Fire in Northern California, began on Nov. 8 and damaged Adventist Health Feather River, a 101-bed acute care hospital in Paradise, Calif. It displaced physicians and nurses in the area, and they wanted to help others, according to The Sacramento Bee. So, they helped open a makeshift clinic for fire victims at the East Ave Nazarene Church in Chico, Calif.

"My dogs and my husband are alive, and there's a need for this," Birgitte Randall, a nurse who has worked at Adventist Health Feather River for 11 years, told The Sacramento Bee.  

"We know the patients, the types of people who have had to leave their homes," she said. "They have chronic medical needs, and they need help."

As of Nov. 12, the church was housing about 200 people, according to Pastor Ron Zimmer. Patients considered too medically fragile were transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

More information on the shelter at the East Ave Nazarene Church is available on the church's Facebook page.

 

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