Lakeport, California (August 13, 2012) - Sutter Lakeside Hospital donated $3,000 to the American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties, on August 13, 2012 in response to the Wye Fire that started on Sunday afternoon, August 12 in Lake County. This donation will be used to purchase supplies like food, water, medicine and clothing, and will cover transportation expenses for Red Cross volunteers.
Siri Nelson, Sutter Lakeside Hospital Chief Administrative Officer, stated, “Lake County is our home and when our neighbors are threatened by a disaster like this, Sutter Lakeside Hospital feels an enormous responsibility to step up and help in any way that we can. We have a long history of supporting the Lake County community and we’re privileged to be able to help again.”
Chief Nursing Executive, Teresa Campbell, added, “In addition to our donation, we’re working closely with the American Red Cross Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties to train our nurses so that they can volunteer in local Red Cross shelters in the future. While our nurses play a vital role in patient care at Sutter Lakeside Hospital, they also understand the importance of volunteering their talents to meet emergency needs in our community.”
The Red Cross provided a safe place for displaced residents to stay in the Highlands Senior Center in Clearlake and they helped serve meals at the Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks. They worked with animal groups to ensure the safe and humane treatment of livestock, pets and other animals affected by the fire.
“We’re grateful to the many volunteers who worked around the clock to provide services to Lake County residents, who can begin to get their lives back again,” said Tim Miller, CEO of American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. “We’re also grateful to Sutter Lakeside and other donors, since the Red Cross in Lake County does not receive government financial support. We rely on donations and class fees to be able to provide free services to clients.”
For information about Red Cross services, residents can call 707-577-7601. For information concerning road closures, or other fire-related information, call Cal Fire at 707-967-1400.
Those who would like to help the American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties can visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To give an immediate $10 donation, they can text REDCROSS to 90999. You may also send a gift of any denomination by mail to: American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
About Sutter Lakeside
Sutter Lakeside Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital that has a 65+ year history of serving Lake County. Any profits Sutter Lakeside generates are reinvested into health care. Sutter Lakeside believes that this community-owned, not-for-profit approach to health care best serves our patients and our community. In many of Northern California's underserved rural locations, Sutter Health is the only provider of hospital and emergency medical services.
We are privileged to care for Lake County’s residents and look forward to being a part of the community for decades to come. If you would like to support the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Foundation, please contact Rebecca Southwick at 707-262-5121 or visit www.sutterlakeside.org.
About American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross, Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties, provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in our community learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-707-577-7600 or visit www.arcsm.org to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook. All assistance to disaster victims and to members of the armed forces provided by the Chapter is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money by the people of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties.