Enloe recognizes Camp Fire anniversary - Day of remembrance aims to help community heal

11.01.2019

CHICO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2019 — The Camp Fire changed the North State forever and affected tens of thousands of lives. To help the community heal, Enloe Medical Center will host a short program on the fire’s anniversary, Nov. 8. The day of remembrance takes place at the Enloe Park, at the corner of Sixth and Arcadian avenues in Chico, from 10-11 a.m.

Enloe will be joining the town of Paradise in observing an 85-second moment of silence at 11:08 a.m., honoring those who perished in the fire. Caregivers will also recognize first responders, who proved vital during the catastrophe — one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history — and they’ll assemble a time capsule commemorating the event. People are encouraged to attend and write a message of hope to be included.

“This has been a trying year for many of our neighbors,” said Jolene Francis, Enloe’s director of Advancement & Communications. “Yet so many people have offered a helping hand, whether it was in the form of a donation, a place to stay or an arm to lean on. This is our way of continuing to provide support and comfort to our community.”

Enloe caregivers have a personal connection to the Camp Fire. When it broke out, 49 patients from Adventist Health Feather River and other evacuees arrived at Enloe’s emergency department, making it the busiest day in the department’s history to that date. The medical center also provided resources on evacuation shelters and housing, relief efforts, and mental health support, in addition to high-quality care.

This was in spite of many caregivers being directly affected by the fire. More than 350 Enloe employees lived in Paradise or Magalia, where the fire left few structures standing. Still, those staff members and others continued working, while colleagues pitched in with resources and housing. “The Camp Fire impacted all of us in some way, but by working together during that tragic time, we learned the true definition of ‘community,’” said Enloe President and CEO Mike Wiltermood. “We want to show our neighbors we continue to stand with them.”

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call (530) 332-7300 or visit us online at www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.



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