Sutter Santa Rosa reopens after wildfires forced 1-week closure

Sutter Santa Rosa (Calif.) Regional Hospital reopened Tuesday, just eight days after the facility was shut down due to encroaching wildfires. 

The hospital was forced to evacuate Oct. 9. Seventy-seven patients were transferred from Sutter Santa Rosa to several other area hospitals.

To reopen, Sutter Santa Rosa had to undergo a thorough cleaning and pass inspections by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as well as the California Department of Public Health.

"To prepare the hospital for re-opening wasn't an easy task," said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health Bay Area. "Reopening the hospital only eight days after having to evacuate demonstrates the strength of our integrated network."

The hospital resumed inpatient and emergency care Tuesday and will begin offering elective procedures at a later date.

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center, which was also forced to close Oct. 9 due to the wildfires, remains closed.

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