Message from the CEO
By The PHCD Team | January 5, 2016
We here at the Petaluma Health Care District would like to take a moment to reflect on the great work of our our staff, partners, and Board of Directors over the past 12 months. Below is the message that opened this year's Annual Report from our CEO, Ramona Faith. Her letter truly captures the growth of our agency, the passion of our employees and partners, and our impact in the community.
To learn more, check our our 2015 Annul Report online.
The 2015 fiscal year was a great one not only for the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) but the residents we serve. The services we provide, the programs we fund, and the health initiatives we lead have had measurable impact on our community. In fact, the commitment and stellar work of our dedicated staff, community partners and Board of Directors have been recognized statewide.
We were humbled when both the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) described our efforts as a model for other districts to emulate. At ACHD’s annual conference, PHCD was selected from among 78 districts and named 2015 Healthcare District of the Year and received formal accreditation. These awards recognize both our community health work as well as our best practices in board governance and public reporting. Also in 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Petaluma City Council designated Petaluma a HeartSafe Community. The designation formally celebrates our collective action to ensure all residents are prepared to respond to a sudden cardiac emergency.
In this report, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the impact of our efforts that have brought PHCD such distinction. You’ll meet a vibrant Petaluma resident who has been empowered to age independently through our Lifeline of the North Bay service. You’ll learn about our investments to improve maternal mental health and increase access to healthy locally-produced foods.
You will also find a summary of our activities to ensure the continued operation of our local hospital. As most of you are aware, PHCD has been immersed and steadfast in leading a due diligence process to determine the future operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital. We have made it a priority to be transparent throughout the process and engage the community in helping us to shape the criteria and priorities for selection.
I hope that as you read more about our year, you’ll be left with the same feeling with which I start each work day: pride. I am proud to lead the work of our district. I am proud to know our board members are committed to ensuring local access to quality acute care and wellness services in our community. I am proud of the passion I see each day in our staff as they work to serve all Southern Sonoma County residents. I am proud of Petaluma, a true community of partnerships.
Ramona Faith, MSN RN