4 December 2018 | Adventist Health has announced that the Feather River Health Center, a large clinic operated by Adventist Health Feather River, will likely reopen within the next few weeks. The clinic was a newer structure that did not suffer the damage from the Camp Fire experienced by many other of the hospital buildings. The main hospital is also expected to reopen but is predicted to take much longer.
“Although some of our newer buildings were spared from the worst of the damage, the infrastructure, access, clean up and population needed to support an acute care campus are going to take longer to be restored,” said the statement from Adventist Health.
According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, the system has notified employees that many of the services offered by the hospital will take at least a year to restore and longer for them to be built up to their former scale.
In the meantime, Adventist Health is searching for ways to place AHFR employees in open positions across the system.
“Our hope and intent is to place all of those associates who are willing to relocate somewhere within Adventist Health, and to work with those who cannot relocate to find connections locally with other organizations,” said the statement. “When the time is right and as services return, we encourage those who wish to return to the community to come back.”
Adventist Health has so far raised $6.5 million for affected employees and will expand its relief efforts to help Butte County as a whole. AHFR employees have been assured their pay and benefits until February 5, 2019.
Adventist Health Feather River is part of Adventist Health which operates 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.