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HCA hospitals in California evacuate as wildfires continue to burn

Three general acute care hospitals, several skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities, and more than 300 patients have been evacuated as massive wildfires continue to burn across California, Bloomberg reports.

Here are four things to know:

1. The Camp Fire, located about 100 miles north of Sacramento, Calif., has been deemed the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state's history, police officials told Bloomberg. It has burned 138,000 acres, killed at least 56 people and left more than 100 people missing since Nov. 8.

2. The Camp Fire forced a hurried evacuation of Paradise, Calif.-based Adventist Health Feather River Hospital Nov. 8. The hospital and several buildings on the facility's campus have been damaged, a spokesperson told the publication. State officials must fully assess the damage before the hospital can potentially reopen. Many of the hospital's staff told media outlets their homes have been damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.

3. Two hospitals owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare were either fully or partially evacuated, and more than 50 patients were transported to surrounding area hospitals. The state public health department told Bloomberg Nov. 14 that Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and West Hills (Calif.) Hospital & Medical Center were not receiving patients. However, Los Robles Regional has since reopened.

4. At least three people have died in the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles County, which started in the Santa Monica Mountains and continued through Malibu before reaching the ocean, according to the report. The blaze, which began Nov. 8, burned 98,362 acres. None of the deaths were linked to patient evacuations at nearby hospitals or damage to their facilities.

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