Damages of $27 Million Sought by Adventist Health for Fire-Damaged Hospital
8 November 2019 | Adventist Health is seeking $27 million in damages from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after last year’s Camp Fire destroyed part of Adventist Health Feather River in Paradise, California.
PG&E transmission lines were identified as the source of the fires by Cal Fire investigators. The health system will hear on December 17 if the damages will be accepted as part of the ongoing bankruptcy case for PG&E.
According to the Sacramento Business Journal, Adventist Health reported at least $38 million in destroyed property. The value of the facility, according to 2016 non-profit tax records, was $63.5 million. The disclosure states that Adventist Health had a $1 billion insurance policy on the hospital.
Adventist Health has brought back a number of services to the Paradise community, including primary and specialty care services. Adventist Health has also been given special permission to operate a stand-alone emergency room in the community.
According to the Sacramento Business Journal, PG&E declined to comment specifically on the damages claim from Adventist Health and simply said that it “remained committed to compensating victims of recent wildfires during the Chapter 11 proceedings.”
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit network of hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities, serving more than 80 communities across the western United States and Hawaii. The healthcare system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.