December 2018
Please consider helping Adventist Health Feather River Hospital and its staff after the recent Camp Fire tragedy in California.

In the recent Camp Fire, about 650 Adventist Health employee families lost their homes. Of the 1,200+ employees, all but one have been accounted for. The community as a whole has been decimated with 80% - 90% of the homes destroyed and nearly the entire business section of town was destroyed. It will be about a month before people will be allowed back in to the community. The infrastructure has been largely destroyed, including electricity, water and sewer systems. All of the schools were destroyed, and it will take a long time before the community comes back.

Adventist Health Feather River Hospital was impacted as well. Most of the main hospital, including the ED, OR, Lab, Radiology, Pharmacy, OB, Cancer Center and administrative offices are largely intact. The older section of the hospital to the East and below the ED was destroyed. Most of the hospital based clinics across the street from the hospital campus did survive with some damage, but the rest of the outbuildings, IT, HIM/PFS, Canyon View RHC Clinic and others were destroyed. The large RHC on Skyway survived with a little damage to the exterior.

While Adventist Health assesses the level of care that will be needed in the community, it has committed to keep all the AHFR associates on payroll for 90 days. Adventist Health is partnering with Enloe and other Adventist Health facilities to help AHFR associates find new employment.

In conducting a staff needs assessment, it has been determined that the most pressing need at this time is for money to help them with rent deposits, insurance deductibles to help with car replacements and the list goes on. To that point, Adventist Health has established an Associate Fire Assistance Fund and Adventist Health will match dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. The immediate goal is to raise a total of $3,000,000, which is not nearly enough, but it represents a good start. On Wednesday November 14, Adventist Health leadership from around the system donated more than $400,000 ($800,000 after the match).

If you’d like to help by donating to the Fire Assistance Fund, please visit https://www.adventisthealth.org/employee-giving/.