Health care workers cry out ‘Pray for us.’ Many have helped patients despite losing homes in Redding fires themselves.
At least eight doctors and other health care workers at Redding’s Shasta Regional Medical Centers lost their homes in the Carr fire, but they reported for work as scheduled. The situation is the same for personnel at Mercy Medical Center Redding and at the VA Redding Outpatient Clinic.
Hundreds of health care workers in the Redding area also can’t return to their homes because of orders to evacuate. “We’ve had a lot of physicians and a lot of our staff lose their homes, so you can imagine what they’re going through emotionally and physically,” said Casey Fatch, who took over May 8 as chief executive officer of Shasta Regional Medical Center. “I don’t think they’ve seen anything like this before. These are very trying times.”