PARADISE, Calif. - The town of Paradise is another step closer to getting a new emergency room.
Senate Bill 156 passed the state legislature on Friday. The measure, co-authored by Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), would allow Adventist Health and Rideout, a sister hospital to Adventist Health Feather River, to operate an emergency department in Paradise to care for local residents.
Right now residents seeking medical treatment on the ridge can go to the Feather River walk-in center, which operates Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 5 PM. The clinic is closed for lunch at noon.
There is also a free shuttle service available for Adventist Health patients in Paradise, Magalia and Chico to get them to the Feather River Health Center. You may schedule shuttle service by calling 530-872-2000.
Should Governor Gavin Newsom sign SB 156 into law, the new ER would be temporary and the first of its kind. Right now the state does not allow standalone emergency rooms.