Ensuring access to local quality acute and emergency hospital services, PHCD owns Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) and leases its operations to St. Joseph Health. The PVH Emergency Room is the second busiest in the county, serving nearly 18,000 patients annually. In addition to guaranteeing that the community has local access to emergency services and medical treatment, PHCD is seen as a leader and resource for wellness and prevention. PHCD provides direct services such as Lifeline of the North Bay and Healthquest CPR, serves as a backbone organization for Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA) and HeartSafe Community (HSC), and provides funding and support to local non-profits, schools and service providers to promote health and wellness.
Added Faith, “We hope that Health Care District Month will prompt our residents to look into options for furthering personal and broader community health and wellness, such as visiting one of the local farmers’ markets, learning CPR through HeartSafe Community and making an appointment for that wellness check-up. Additionally, it is our goal to help people gain a better understanding of the layers involved to foster a healthy community, such as investing in early childhood education, expanding mental and behavioral health services, addressing the needs of our homeless population, and increasing access to fundamental staples, like healthy food, housing and transportation.”
About Petaluma Health Care District
The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Southern Sonoma County community through leadership, advocacy, support, partnerships and education. Its vision is to foster a healthier community, a thriving hospital and local access to comprehensive health and wellness services. PHCD has served the health and wellness needs of the community for more than 65 years and is a public agency managed by the community for the community. For more information, please visit www.phcd.org.