18 March 2019 | On April 1, Adventist Health will open a new walk-in clinic serving the community of Paradise, California, that was severely damaged by the Camp Fire that ravaged the area late last year.
An Adventist Health press release said that the clinic “provides a convenient way for patients to access a primary care provider without an appointment for treatment of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.”
The health system framed the new opening as a way to respond to more healthcare needs in the community.
“This innovative clinic model allows patients to get treatment for such conditions as allergies, burns, animal bites, cold and flu symptoms, ear infections, sinus issues, headaches, fevers and more, without an appointment,” said the press release.
Adventist Health has previously stated that it does not know when its main hospital facility in Paradise will reopen. As a result of the fire, the medical center sustained extensive damage to its lower level, but the core of the building that is home to services such as its cancer center, emergency department, critical care unit and more, survived. The facility’s birthing center, while still standing, suffered extensive water damage.
Adventist Health provided AHFR employees with their pay and benefits until February 5, 2019. The parent organization also worked to place employees affected by the fire in available positions at other Adventist Health facilities.