CHA News Article

Hospital Associations Appeal for Funds to Support Employees Affected by Wildfires
Call to action: Affected hospital employees need your help

A total of 73,700 acres have burned in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties due to the Valley Fire. While containment is approximately 40 percent, the fire has so far destroyed 585 homes, and three people have died. In Calaveras and Amador counties, where the Butte Fire has burned for more than a week, a total of 70,760 acres have been charred. The fire claimed the lives of two people and an unknown number of homes and businesses. Containment stands at 60 percent.

Many hospital employees’ homes have been affected, especially in the Valley Fire, where the entire town of Middletown was destroyed without warning. While the exact number of homes lost by hospital employees is unknown at this time, the estimate is upwards of 80. Adventist Health, impacted by the Valley Fire, reports that more than 230 of its employees have been displaced and approximately 63 have lost their homes.

Call to Action

Please make a generous contribution to the three organizations listed below to support hospital employees experiencing lost or damaged homes. CHA, the Hospital of Northern and Central California, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the Hospital Association of Southern California are contributing $10,500 among the organizations affected by the fires. We encourage you to match our contribution.

The hospitals most affected are:

Butte Fire

  • Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson
  • Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas

Valley Fire

  • Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport
  • St. Helena Hospital Clearlake/Adventist Health in Clearlake
  • St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley/Adventist Health in St. Helena

Contributions should be sent to:

Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation
C/O Peggy Lucas
768 Mountain Ranch Rd.
San Andreas, CA 95247
Attention: “Mission Fund.” For more information, call (209) 754-2624.

St. Helena Hospital Foundation
10 Woodland Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Gifts should be payable to St. Helena Hospital Foundation, attention “AH Employee Fire Relief Fund.” For more information, email

American Red Cross
PO Box 37839
Boone, Iowa  50037-0839
Checks should be payable to American Red Cross, attention “California Valley/Butte Fires or if donations exceed expenses to disaster relief.”