Thousands evacuated their homes in Napa Valley, Sonoma and six other counties overnight as multiple fires ravaged the area. At least 1,500 structures have been destroyed in 14 fires, covering a collective 57,000 acres. The Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa has burned 35,000 acres and has residents running for their lives. Two Santa Rosa hospitals have been evacuated. No deaths have been reported, though people are being treated at local hospitals for injuries.
Amid headlines about hospital mergers and consolidation are such community hospitals and public hospitals that provide care to people in rural and urban areas. While many of these institutions many struggle to stay open, others are adapting to provide better care and exploring ways to lower cost. These strategies were discussed by Sommers and other executives at a panel titled "The Community Hospital: A Lesson in Surviving and Thriving" and moderated by Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News & World Report.