Last Stand in Santa Rosa

Last Stand in Santa Rosa

Imagine you’re working a shift in the Emergency Department when a fast moving wildfire hits. What would you do if you found out your home was burning? Or your family was in danger? And how do you react when the Fire Department tells you they are making a last stand a block away from your hospital? This situation is all too real for many physicians and providers affected by devastating wildfires in California. In this episode, we follow the story of the 2017 Santa Rosa fires from the perspective of three Emergency Physicians, Dr. Josh Weil, Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald, and Dr. Dane Stevenson. Their powerful story, and the lessons learned from their experience, are guaranteed to improve your personal and professional disaster preparedness. 

Please also consider donating to ongoing relief efforts following the 2018 California wildfires through the Red Cross. 

Do you know your hospital’s disaster plan? Do you have a personal plan? Have you lived through a disaster? Share your experience with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or on our website, 


Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Susan Fitzgerald, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa and Emergency Management Physician Lead in the Diablo Service Area; Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Regional Emergency Management Drill and Training Director and the Pediatric Surge Planning Chair for the KPNC Regional Emergency Management Committee.

Dr. Joshua Weil, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations; Member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, Board Chair for the Ceres Project, and Medical Director for the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa. Dr. Weil has been involved in major disaster relief efforts in the US and internationally, including Sri Lanka, Louisiana, Haiti, and the Philippines.

Dr. Dane Stevenson, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa, with a Fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine from UC Davis.


ACEP Disaster Medicine Resources

American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medicine resources, policies, and public training, including hospital disaster preparedness self assessment tool and hospital evacuation plan template. 

“Healing and History after fire & Weil-Mollard Household” 

Dr. Josh Weil and his wife, Claire Mollard, share their story on YouTube

The story of Josh’s goats! on NPR/Capitol Public Radio


Ski and CME! Join us for the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Winter Conference, March 4th-8th at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe.

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.


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