Scripps Health Treats More Than 160 Fire Victims at Emergency Departments Across San Diego County

Oct 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Scripps Health

    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Since wildfires began raging across
 San Diego County on Sunday Oct. 21, Scripps Health has treated 166 patients
 affected by the blazes at its hospital-based emergency departments and
 urgent care facilities.
     Patients continue to arrive at Scripps' emergency departments with a
 wide range of conditions associated with the wildfires, such as respiratory
 distress, fall-related injuries, chest pain, hypertension, sinus
 infections, minor burns and anxiety. In addition to treating patients who
 arrive directly at Scripps' facilities, Scripps has also received patients
 who were transferred from other hospitals. Fire-related patient visits to
 Scripps emergency facilities are as follows:
     -- Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla: 63 patients (15 inpatient
     -- Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines Urgent Care Center:  42 patients (2
        inpatient admissions to Scripps Green Hospital)
     -- Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista:  31 patients (1 inpatient
     -- Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego:  18 patients (6 inpatient admissions)
     -- Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas 12 patients (2 inpatient
     "Scripps has a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and other
 caregivers who are working round the clock to make sure San Diegans receive
 the care they need during this disaster," said Scripps Health President and
 CEO Chris Van Gorder.
     All five of Scripps' acute care hospital campuses are open to provide
 ongoing patient care and emergency services. In addition, outpatient care
 is available at Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Scripps Clinic Santee and
 Scripps Mercy Medical Group in Hillcrest. Scripps Health is one of the
 largest health care systems in San Diego County.
     Earlier today, Scripps Health announced the closure of Scripps Clinic
 Rancho San Diego and Scripps Mercy Medical Group Bonita, which are located
 in designated wildfire evacuation areas. Also due to the wildfires, Scripps
 has closed Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Clinic Encinitas and
 Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley. Personnel from these closed facilities have
 been redeployed to support other Scripps facilities.
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