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Our Future After the Fire: Health clinic on the ridge

A group of medical professionals, who also happen to be Paradise locals, are working to bring medical services to people on the ridge. They have been using the Magalia Baptist Church to give free medical services to people.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 7:51 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 7:53 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - A Paradise nurse who lost her home in the Camp Fire has committed her life to helping people in the burn scar receive free medical care.

Now, she and a group of former nurses at Feather River Hospital, are bringing a free health clinic to the ridge.

The day of the Camp Fire changed the direction of Birgitte Randall's life after evacuating.

She, her mom, and a friend were on a medical mission to deliver first-aid to their devastated community.

They walked into a shelter on East Avenue and said, "we're nurses, what do you need?"

Despite the loss of her home, Randall chose to use her skills to help others in their time of need.

"We were getting a lot of our healing from helping other people," Randall said.

That morphed into a bigger project to give free medical care to people affected by the fire. They got donations to help pay for prescriptions.

"That was our primary goal, to get prescriptions filled," Randall said. "Nobody had time to grab their prescriptions on the day of the fire."

They got donations to help pay for prescriptions. They had money left over, so they decided to start a free, informal mobile clinic.

"We were going to drive our cars around, and knock on people's doors, and do house calls," Randall said.

Direct Relief gave them $50,000 and Golden Valley Bank gave them $25,000. The group of nurses pay for their own gas and are now hosting free mobile health clinics.

"We've done five of them at Magalia Baptist Church, and one in Concow, we've seen 130 patients," Randall said. "Our goal is to get a mobile unit one day, but for now we just have it very mobile in our trucks."

They have established the non-profit called Medspire Health, which just got non-profit status. Their longterm goal is to establish a free-standing health clinic in Paradise.

You can check out their Facebook page, HERE

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