Thornton Hospital Cancels Most Services

UCSD Medical Center announced early Monday that the university’s Thornton Hospital has cancelled all elective admissions and outpatient services Monday in an effort to keep beds open for potential fire victims.

From the Medical Center Website:


A Code Orange continues to be in effect
and we are monitoring staff and bed availability in anticipation of
receiving additional patients.
Medical Center’s Regional Burn Center has received 13 patients injured
in the fires currently burning in San Diego County. We expect more
patients to arrive this morning.

Internal Air Quality Control:
Environmental Health and Safety is constantly monitoring the air
quality throughout our hospitals and outpatients facilities. HEPA
filters have been installed in key locations to filter the internal air
of particles. Charcoal filters are also being installed in the units
to reduce odor. Please keep all windows and exterior doors closed.

In the coming days, we ask staff to
please adhere to their normal work schedules and report to their
assigned units. If you, or your family, have been evacuated, we ask
that you make every effort to report to your assigned unit once your
family has been safely located in an evacuation center. If you are
dealing with a personal emergency as a result of this fire, please let
your supervisor know of your circumstance. Childcare is available for
children above age 3 at both hospitals for those whose normal
childcare is disrupted by the fires. Call X10742 for reservations.

Due to the number of evacuations, we are asking available employees to remain at work if possible.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts as we
work together to care for our patients and their loved ones during
this Countywide emergency.

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