Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are We?

Your Public Agency Dedicated to Health in Southern Sonoma County.

What is a Health Care District?

Health Care Districts are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents throughout the state. They respond to the needs in the District by providing a range of services, which may includes a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services; as well as education and wellness programs. Each of California's Health Care Districts is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who are directly accountable to the communities they serve.

Health Care Districts were formed in the mid 1940's to address a shortage of hospital beds in California. They are governed by Local Health Care District Law that allowed communities to form these special districts to build and operate facilities and programs to meet the health needs of their residents. To help subsidize these healthcare services, communities can impose property tax assessments, with voter approval. To date, the Petaluma Health Care District does not operate with any tax assessments and relies on revenue produced through our Lifeline Program, real estate investments, and portfolio. To date, the Petaluma Health Care District does not operate with any tax assessments and relies on revenue generated through hospital lease payment, direct services and investments.

The Petaluma Health Care District is your public agency managed by a publicly elected board of directors. We serve the residents of Petaluma, Penngrove, Cotati, and a select area of Rohnert Park. Our service area includes 85,000 residents in Petaluma, Penngrove, and a select area of Cotati and Rohnert Park.

How long has Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) existed?

Petaluma Health Care District was formed in 1946 when we operated Petaluma General Hospital. Petaluma Health Care District was able to open Hillcrest Hospital in the hill of West Petaluma in 1957. In response to increased public need, Petaluma Valley Hospital was build in 1980 in Eastern Petaluma.

Is Petaluma Health Care District a Hospital?

No. We are not a hospital. We are a public agency focused on improving the health of southern Sonoma County.

With that said, we own Petaluma Valley Hospital and have leased hospital operations to St. Joseph Health. The lease between Petaluma Health Care District and St Joseph Health ends in 2017.

What is Our Mission, Vision and Values?

The Petaluma Health Care District's mission is to improve the health and well-being of our community through leadership, advocacy, support, partnerships and education.

The Petaluma Health Care District envisions

  • A healthier community
  • A thriving hospital
  • Local access to comprehensive health and wellness services for all

The Petaluma Health Care District's Core Values are: Collaboration, Commitment, Dignity, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, and Social Justice.

Is Petaluma Health Care District a Non-Profit Organization?

No we are a government entity and therefore tax-exempt. We operate to fund and deliver services related to our mission.

How does PHCD operate?

The Petaluma Health Care District is governed by a publicly elected five-member board of directors to serve Southern Sonoma County. These volunteer directors serve a four-year term and may serve consecutive terms. The CEO provides strategic direction to managers and administration. The District consistently works towards improving access to health services as well as serving as a catalyst to bring additional services to our community, and advocates for health-related issues for Southern Sonoma County.