PDH puts ER on diversion; assesses rest of hospital following electrical issue

UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, the ER is no longer on diversion. CEO JoDee Read said that all inpatients remained at the hospital, and though the ER had been closed for a time, no patients presented for treatment. The cause of the electrical issue is still under investigation.

The Quincy Fire Department responded to a call for an electrical fire at Plumas District Hospital at approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening, Jan. 10.

Upon arrival firefighters found smoke, but no flames. There was also the distinctive odor of an electrical burn.

JoDee Read, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said it’s unclear if an electrical surge or another issue is to blame, but some equipment has been compromised such as with the Xray unit. As a result, the emergency room is being put on diversion.

“We are still assessing the other equipment room by room and determining what we are going to do with out inpatient population,” Read said. There are eight patients in the hospital this evening.

Quincy Fire is still on scene and more information will be shared as it becomes available.