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Scripps Health Treats More Than 160 Fire Victims at Emergency Departments Across San Diego County
Date:10/23/2007

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

admissions)

-- 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

admission)

-- Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego: 18 patients (6 inpatient admissions)

-- Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas 12 patients (2 inpatient

admissions)

"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.

For updated information, please check http://www.scripps.org.


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