PARADISE, Calif. - An emergency room will be opening in Paradise.
Senate Bill 156, signed by Governor Newsom, is the first step in bringing emergency care back to Paradise.
Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallegher pushed the bill through.
"There was some statutory prohibitions, to have a ER operate alone without the other facilities around it, so we just put in a bill to do it and it worked," said Nielsen.
The bill allows for a stand alone emergency room and although local leaders are happy, they say a lot more has to be done before it is open.
Rick Rawson from Adventist Health says they are thankful for the process moving forward.
"We still have a number of hurdles left so it will still be a ways. We need to get waivers from CMS so that we can get reimbursed for doing the services we are providing and we need to make sure we have the plant services to operate," said Rawson.
The signed bill is temporary for the stand alone emergency room. The clock for it starts six years from the day it opens.
"The idea was is it would it would send that after a period of time we would need a more traditional and permanent solution," said Rawson.
The ER will offer traditional emergency services.
Paradise Unified School District Superintendent Michelle John says this is important for kids.
"We know kids can't learn if they are not healthy, so good and affordable health care is very important and health care where they do not have to travel for a long time to get to, and we have partnered with Adventist Health for many years," said John.
Another woman from Paradise says she is grateful for the opprtunity.
"Having Adventist Health be able to have an open door now to get services back here on this campus in Paradise on this level I think is huge for the rebuilding effort and I think rebuilding Paradise is important for that community," said Maureen Wisener.
Even though the emergency room will be in Paradise, people in Magalia are also impacted.
"There are about 9,000 folks up there, compared to the 3,000 that have come back and we are glad they are coming back, but we also lost about 1/3 of our community. This is extremely because folks need to drive to Chico for emergency care," said Donna Yutzy who lives in Magalia.
Sheriff Kory Honea added it was a meaningful day.
"It is symbolic because this is a place of healing, and given the fact this is a place of healing it is symbolic of the healing our entire community is doing. So I am honored and thankful to be part of that. More than symbolic this is a very important piece to our public safety infrastructure," said Honea.
There is no timeline for when the ER will be open though we do know it will be in the same place as the Feather River Hospital.
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