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Napa area health care centers and hospitals have treated hundreds of patients, both in clinics, emergency rooms and evacuation shelters since wildfires began in the Napa area on Sunday night.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center opened its Incident Command Center at 1 a.m. on Monday to prepare for an influx of patients. Because of strong winds, the hospital lost power for five hours and had to revert to generator power, according to a news release.

Queen of the Valley has treated approximately 60 patients, largely due to smoke-inhalation and minor injuries related to the fire, officials said. The medical center has transferred one patient with significant burns to a burn center.

St. Joseph hospitals are also caring for patients with injuries incurred as a result of evacuation, said the release. “This includes victims of car crashes and injuries from falling. We implore the public to take all necessary precautions and be safe; heed all evacuation orders; don’t speed; do not venture out unless it is necessary,” the Queen said.

Additionally, “We have seen an influx of individuals with no medical need on our campuses. These are individuals fleeing the fires. We are directing these individuals to area shelters and emphasize that if you have no medical need, please do not come to the hospital.”

All elective procedures will continue to be postponed at Queen of the Valley to conserve resources if there is an influx of patients in need of life-saving or time-sensitive procedures, said the news release.

The hospital understands wildfires continue to impact many patients, and elective surgeries will be rescheduled at a time that is convenient for patients, as progress is made on containing the wildfires.

In addition, Outpatient Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy) services were closed as of Wednesday.

Fpr non-life threatening medical needs, including prescriptions and prescription refills, patients may visit St. Joseph Health Prompt Care, located in Napa at 1621 W. Imola Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Synergy Medical Fitness Center is open for Queen of the Valley employees and Synergy members who have been displaced by the fires to shower and charge mobile devices (bring your own charger). Due to the poor air quality outside and to ensure the safety of all Synergy members, the exercise equipment is not available for use now.

Dr. Charles Clary, president of the Napa County Medical Society and also a Kaiser family medicine doctor, estimated that as of Tuesday Kaiser had seen more than 350 patients since the fires began.

Some patients arrived at local hospitals “with just the clothes on their back,” he said, but “everybody is running very smoothly,” he said on Tuesday.

At Kaiser, because the pharmacy was closed, some doctors and assistants were even able to bring medication refills to people driving up in their cars, he said.

At the evacuation shelter at Napa Valley College, doctors, medical assistants, nurses, mental health service providers were helping treat minor infections, minor scrapes, provide refills and counseling.

Kaiser Permanente Napa medical offices are open and providing some services. However, all routine pre-scheduled procedures and appointments at the Napa medical offices, Santa Rosa Medical Center and in Rohnert Park are cancelled.

Walk-up urgent care is available at Kaiser in Rohnert Park. In addition, video visits and telephone appointments are available for primary care needs.

Kaiser pharmacies in Napa and Santa Rosa were currently. Members who need a prescription or refill can go to any open Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. There are pharmacies open in Vallejo, San Rafael, Petaluma and Novato. As of Friday morning, the Napa Kaiser pharmacy was reopened, said a representative. 

Adventist Health St. Helena is not evacuating the St. Helena hospital, according to a statement on its webpage on Wednesday. “We have been working closely with the county and do not feel our hospital is in any danger at this time.”

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“We are watching the fires closely,” and “the hospital and its affiliated clinics are fully operational for patient care.”

The Deer Park Pharmacy at Adventist Health St. Helena is also open and fully functional.

A statement posted on Monday on the OLE Health webpage said that OLE’s Pear Tree Lane facility in Napa remained open to see patients “and we are currently preparing to assist with care services as needed under the direction of Napa County officials. Our Fairfield location is also open. Our UpValley locations are closed until further notice.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, UC Davis Medical Center and Dignity Health’s Sacramento-area hospitals admitted patients from areas affected by the fires.

UC Davis Medical Center is treating nine patients who were transferred from medical facilities in fire-affected counties, according to the Bee.

Charles Casey, a Medical Center spokesman, said seven of the nine patients were being treated in the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, the Bee reported.

Casey said he believed the patients had arrived Monday and Tuesday, the Bee reported.

William Hodges, a spokesman for Dignity Health, said the system’s Sacramento-area hospitals had received several patients from Sonoma and Napa counties in recent days. Hodges said he did not know the specific number of patients. They were not suffering from fire-related injuries, the Bee reported.

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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.