Sonoma fires put unprecedented strain on region’s healthcare system

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Two major hospitals in Santa Rosa have resumed their normal operations after the deadliest wildfires in California’s history destroyed parts of the city and surrounding areas. But dozens of families remain in evacuation shelters across the region, which have mainly been consolidated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV park in Santa Rosa. Both Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa closed their doors on Oct. 9—one day after the fires began—resulting in the evacuation of over 200 patients to nearby facilities. The Sutter hospital reopened to the public on Oct. 17, while the Kaiser hospital reopened on Oct. 25. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region’s only Level…

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