Hospital employees face job uncertainty after California wildfire

Employees of a hospital that sustained significant damage during the California Camp Fire in November now face uncertainty as leaders determine next steps, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif., was partially destroyed in the deadly wildfire.

The 101-bed hospital, operated by Roseville Calif.-based Adventist Health, plans to rebuild, but details of what that will look like and where rebuilding will occur remain unclear.

About 1,000 hospital employees don't yet know what work opportunities will still be in the area and how they will move forward, according to the Chronicle. More decisions from leadership are expected soon.

"We don’t have it all figured out yet," Adventist Health CEO Scott Reiner told employees, according to the Chronicle. "But every day we're getting close to understanding what to do next. This is a long journey, and it will be for all of us."

The report states some hospital workers have applied to work at other nearby Adventist facilities, others are leaving California after challenges finding area housing, and many expect to be unemployed.

Adventist Health reportedly has agreed to pay all employees' full salaries through Feb. 5, and employees will have health benefits at least through May.

Access the Chronicle's full report here.


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