Feather River Hospital has reopened its doors after being forced to close for 10 days because of wildfires in the Northern California region.
The 46-bed facility in Paradise, Calif., reopened after two state regulatory agencies conducted a four-hour inspection and determined it was safe.
The emergency department and other inpatient hospital services reopened on Friday, while elective surgeries are expected to resume on July 22. The hospital closed all inpatient services on July 8 and transferred 38 patients to two other regional medical centers.
About 100 hospital staff worked for the past week to clean floors, carpets and furniture throughout the 80,000 square-foot hospital to prepare for the reopening. The hospital, which is part of the not-for-profit Adventist Health system, replaced about 1,000 air filters and recertified hundreds of medical devices.
Thousands in the rural Northern California region evacuated during threat of the so-named Camp Fire, which burned at least 53,000 acres and destroyed 80 homes.
Its been a long 10 days, Wayne Ferch, Feather River hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. Were thrilled to be able to start caring for our hospital patients again and get our team back to work. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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