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During California's Camp fire, staff evacuated 66 from endangered SNF

Emergency preparedness is a familiar term to members. As a provider community, we've spent countless hours talking about it, teaching it, documenting it, training for it. While we hope members never have to face an ordeal like our counterparts in California, take a few minutes to be inspired by the heroes of Heritage Paradise, a skilled nursing facility no longer standing, but whose residents are safe and sound.
Emergency preparedness is a familiar term to members. As a provider community, we've spent countless hours talking about it, teaching it, documenting it, training for it. While we hope members never have to face an ordeal like our counterparts in California, take a few minutes to be inspired by the heroes of Heritage Paradise, a skilled nursing facility no longer standing, but whose residents are safe and sound.
 
Provider Magazine tells of the efforts to evacuate a 99-bed skilled nursing facility in Heritage Paradise, California as the Camp Fire approached the town. The facility administrators successfully evacuated all 66 residents to nearby Windsor Chico Creek Care and Rehab in Chico, with most residents driven away from the imperiled facility in personal staff vehicles. The facility and the homes of over 70 staff members were destroyed shortly thereafter in the fire. As previously reported in the MHCA E-News, the California Association of Health Facilities posted fundraising campaigns for the long term care fire victims.
 
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Nadine Grosso
Vice President & Director of Communications
ngrosso@mehca.org