Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update
Update: 5 p.m., July 31, 2018
Clinical teams making every effort to reschedule appointments
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–While Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport remain closed due to the Mendocino Complex fires, clinical team members are making every effort to reschedule patients with immediate needs at nearby facilities.
Clinical team members are contacting patients with immediate treatment needs first to discuss various alternatives for care. They will contact patients with non-immediate treatment needs soon thereafter.
“This is a very fluid situation, as the Mendocino Complex fires continue to be unpredictable,” said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer for Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “We are working very hard to connect with patients and are committed to providing them the latest information.”
Sutter Lakeside Hospital has been threatened by the Mendocino Complex fires since Saturday afternoon. The hospital evacuated twice in two days. As a result, hospital staff has canceled patient appointments, including the community clinic, imaging and other services through this week. While the hospital is closed, a small administrative and security team remains onsite to monitor the campus.
The Sutter Care at Home staff in Lakeport, Calif. continues to reach out to patients to assess their healthcare needs and to ensure each patient has the medical supplies they need.
The health and safety of patients, staff, clinicians and community are the highest priority. Sutter Health continues to coordinate efforts with local emergency officials and is closely monitoring this situation as it unfolds.
Sutter is actively supporting employees and physicians in this time of need with financial aid and other emergency assistance, but also recognizes the importance of supporting the greater community. The not-for-profit health network made a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund, which will help bring food, water and emergency shelter to families in need.