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Healthcare Roundup—California hospital weighs reopening after wildfire; Ascension postpones closure of D.C. hospital

December 04, 2018 / Tina Reed

An Adventist Health hospital which was forced to close by fast-moving wildfires that devastated the town of Paradise and the surrounding region last month has not committed to reopening the $64 million hospitals. The Sacramento Business Journal reports that officials said they remain dedicated to providing healthcare in the community. But they declined to say if they would reopen the Adventist Health Feather River hospital, saying they needed to assess the damage and the needs in the community.  D.C.-based Providence Health System was planning to shutter its emergency room and acute care services this month. But the hospital, a part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, will now keep its emergency department open for patients with less severe conditions through April, the Washington Business Journal reported.