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Cancer care center for displaced Paradise residents opened by UC Davis Health, Adventist

Raw footage of Camp Fire evacuees, devastation in Paradise and abandoned Feather River hospital

Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow returned to the devastation in the path of the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA., and saw burned homes, torched cars and talked with two evacuees who spent the night near their destroyed neighborhood.
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Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Sabalow returned to the devastation in the path of the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA., and saw burned homes, torched cars and talked with two evacuees who spent the night near their destroyed neighborhood.

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health will cut the ribbon on a joint cancer care center in Chico at 4 p.m. Tuesday, providing an alternate treatment home for patients displaced by the Camp Fire and subsequent closure of Adventist Health Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise.

“As cancer care physicians we know all about resilience, and we are excited to continue partnering with our patients on their cancer journey,” said Dr. Sam Mazj. “We also look forward to sharing the benefits of this affiliation with UC Davis Health. Patients can expect personalized care and multi-disciplinary treatment planning from their first diagnostic appointment through survivor milestones.”

Since the fire erupted in November, about 120 cancer patients have been getting their chemotherapy treatments at Adventist Health Rideout Cancer Center in Marysville, 46 miles away from the Paradise facility. Many people relocated in or near Chico after Adventist shuttered its Feather River campus. Adventist leaders have said they are continuing to review what services the Butte County community needs and where it is best to locate them.

“Adventist Health is committed to Butte County for the long term and opening this cancer center is an important step as we expand services,” said Rick Rawson, president of Adventist Health and Rideout Medical Center. “With the support of one another and this exciting affiliation with UC Davis, we’re building on the foundation of Adventist Health’s legacy.”

The Chico center, which is at 95 Declaration Drive, Suite 1, has about 4,000 square feet of space. It will add chemotherapy infusion services in the next few months.

This new partnership builds on existing operational connections between UCD and Adventist. UC Davis Health provided pediatric telemedicine support services to Feather River hospital and served as a transfer center for Feather River patients who needed a higher level of care.

UCD also has a nearly 20-year-old partnership with Rideout cancer center. There, the two parties share — 49 percent UC Davis Health and 51 percent Adventist Health — in expenses and revenues, including the salaries of the physicians and staff who work there.

The partnership gives Adventist providers and patients access to UC Davis’ clinical trials and to virtual tumor board meetings where oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and other cancer experts discuss how best to proceed on each patient’s case.

“UC Davis Health has a unique role to play – not competing, but completing the patient care services available across the 33 counties we serve,” said David Lubarsky, chief executive officer of UC Davis Health. “In addition to expanding cancer care services in Chico to fill a hole in care left by the Camp Fire aftermath, we are connecting our critical care providers and specialists across the region to bring a higher level of specialty care into these communities every day.“

Lubarsky said the program is intended to expand access and reduce disparities in cancer care for rural patients in much the same way that UCD Health has done with primary and specialty care in Sacramento’s urban areas.

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