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Santa Rosa Memorial Ranks Among 250 Best Hospitals For 2021

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SANTA ROSA, CA — As the coronavirus places renewed importance on our access to safe, quality health care, a new ranking by Healthgrades recognized 42 California hospitals, including Santa Rosa Memorial, for superior performance in the years leading up to the pandemic.

Healthgrades, an online health care information company, recently released its 2021 list of America’s Best Hospitals. The annual ranking recognizes the top 1, 2 and 5 percent of hospitals in the nation.

To compile the ranking, researchers looked at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid data from fiscal years 2017-19 for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Researchers then analyzed how each performed across 32 conditions and procedures including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

In a release announcing the 2021 list, Healthgrades said that patients treated in ranked hospitals have a 27.4 percent lower chance of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that are unranked.

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Coronavirus: How Full Are Healdsburg-Area Hospitals?

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HEALDSBURG, CA —Hospitals in the Healdsburg area are XXX capacity due to the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases in California and around the country. State health officials warn that once all hospital beds are occupied, patients may be turned away.

For weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom and California health officials have warned residents of the risk of local hospitals becoming overwhelmed as case counts continue to rise, even as vaccine distribution is now in sight.

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St. Helena hospital nears reopening after two months closed following wildfires

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In late September, Adventist Health St. Helena evacuated all of its patients for the second time this fire season.

Just over a month earlier, the LNU Complex Fires had prompted a nighttime evacuation order for the hospital and its surroundings. This time, though, things were different — the fast-moving Glass Fire was unpredictable, officials told hospital staff, and was a real threat to the hospital’s campus. The health care provider would need to do more than evacuate patients and declare the hospital closed.

For the safety of the building and the crews working to protect it, power needed to be turned off. Sensitive equipment — MRI machines, CT scanners, the nurse call system — needed to be shut down.

That was more than seven weeks ago, and the hospital has not yet reopened, Adventist Health St. Helena President & CEO Dr. Steven Herber said Monday. Once those kinds of sophisticated systems are turned off, he explained, the process of turning them back on is not as simple as flipping a switch.

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Sonoma County hospitals in good shape for now

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat
Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Early during the local coronavirus pandemic, maybe 1% of the patients occupying a hospital bed at Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals had a diagnosis of COVID-19. But that share has grown steadily, particularly in the past month, just as it has across the state.

By the Fourth of July, some 5% of patients at both hospitals, which are run by Providence St. Joseph Health Sonoma County, had the virus, said Dr. Chad Krilich, the hospitals’ chief medical officer. Now, he said, 10% of patients have the virus, though most of them are not being treated in intensive care units.

Coronavirus hospitalizations across the state have surpassed levels reached during the first wave of the virus and hospitals in some regions, particularly in Southern California and the Central Valley have been forced to transport patients to other counties, according to the California Hospital Association.

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Sonoma County hospitals prepare for coronavirus patient surge; no plans to halt elective surgeries

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat
Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

If Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital starts moving patients from the emergency department to inside the vast white tent outside the hospital, that will indicate the dreaded coronavirus surge has begun.

It’s what county public health officials and health care workers have long feared since the pandemic arrived in Sonoma County in March. So far, Memorial Hospital — the county’s highest-level trauma center — has been able to manage its volume of COVID-19 patients, as have other local hospitals.

“When you see us panic, you’ll know,” said Scott Rocco, manager of Memorial’s emergency department, as he stood Friday outside the white tent covering six medical bays where doctors and nurses would take care of a rush of sick people. Later that day, the county would report 89 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day total.

Late Saturday, the county reported two more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the total to 16 since the pandemic emerged in early March. Details on the two new deaths were not available Saturday.

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