Evacuating a hospital in the middle of a wildfire

February 12, 2018

An ASPR interview with Kaiser Permanente staff examines the evacuation of Kaiser Hospital Santa Rosa in the middle of the California wildfires. 

Joshua Weil, Assistant Physician-in-Chief, Hospital Operations of Kaiser Hospital Santa Rosa; Mitch Saruwatari, Director of Emergency Management, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.; and Skip Skivington, Vice President of Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente, discussed the healthcare provider's disaster response in an article on the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Newsletter.

Evacuating healthcare facilities is a daunting task even when staff have advance notice. Patients have a myriad of needs and must be tracked accurately to ensure continuity of care. Some patient populations require care and equipment so specific that evacuating them can pose special challenges to local, state, and federal programs and resources – as well as threaten their own health, according to the newsletter.

Recent events have demonstrated that while facilities may have solid written evacuation plans, there is still have a good deal to learn. 

Read the article.



See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations

Recent Posts
Recent Posts
Focus: Infection Control

New guidelines issued for infection control in GI endoscopy

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data


Focus: Technology

Defending against ransomware attacks

One of the best ways to prevent ransomware attacks is to educate employees


Top ASC citations include dust and dead insects

Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program's 2018 Quality Review reports top most common ambulatory surgery center issues


Building an effective hospital/police partnership

Minnesota healthcare and law enforcement officials released a list of best practices


Opto 22 releases PAC Project Software Suite R10


Post Comment


• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies

All fields are required.