VENTURA, Calif. - The Thomas Fire displaced dozens of patients who were living at the Vista Del Mar hospital in Ventura before it burned and crews are working every day out to restore what was lost on December 4th.
“The displacement of the services here has been very devastating,” said hospital CEO, Jenifer Nyhuis.
When it was up and running, the mental health facility supplied three fourth’s of the beds for patients in the county.
But now, the loss has been especially difficult for teens, since the hospital was the only inpatient facility in the county to have mental health services for adolescents.
“There are very minimal resources for adolescent inpatient care currently, so this is one of the driving factors that keeps us going,” said Nyhuis. “Our motto is everyday matters because every day matters for the lives of the adolescents who need this care.”
Many of those patients have been forced to find facilities in neighboring counties and some have not been able to make any accommodations, according to Nyhuis.
Hospital staff says it is crucial to get services back up and running as soon as possible.
They plan to re-open the hospital sometime this summer