JoDee Read, the CEO of Plumas District Hospital, reports that hospital officials have been in communication with the Plumas County Sheriff and the USFS Incident Commander for the Dixie and Fly fires. “We were reassured that PDH is not in immediate threat and is not predicted to be directly impacted by fire activity at any point for the duration of the fire,” Read said. “Of course, unexpected events could alter this guidance and we will update you immediately should conditions change.”
As a result of this information and subsequent request by the County to reopen, Read and her leadership team have decided to resume inpatient and OB services effective at 7 p.m. this evening, July 24. Under advice of the medical staff, the hospital will not schedule inductions, but will be prepared to care for laboring mothers who have remained in the community.
The CT scanner is still down and is not expected to be repaired until Monday. Patients requiring a CT will be diverted to Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola.
The hospital will postpone elective endoscopies and surgeries Monday and Tuesday of this week. “We will be relying on our surgery team to back up med surg until we feel staffing is adequate to support our inpatient services,” Read said. “We anticipate restoring elective endo and surgical procedures on Wednesday, July 28.”
The clinics will be open in Quincy this week. The Indian Valley clinic and physical therapy are scheduled to be closed Monday and possibly beyond due to the mandatory evacuation in Indian Valley. Clinic leadership will determine the scope of services that can be provided based upon staff/provider availability.
Due to heavy smoke in the area, hospital access is limited to the emergency entrance only. The east and west hospital doors have been disabled for entry. Emergency exit access has been maintained.
Patients that were evacuated to Eastern Plumas Health Care will likely return to PDH on Monday.
Read said this of PDH staff: “Thank you all for your resiliency and willingness to provide care to our community in this time of great need. Your unwavering commitment continues to inspire me.”