May 23, 2019
Petaluma Health Care District Presents Health Hero Award and $94,500 in Grant Funding to Local Nonprofits

On May 23, the Petaluma Health Care District hosted its annual Community Partnership Appreciation Breakfast, honoring this year's Health Hero and Golden Heart Award winners, as well as announcing the 11 recipients of its 2019 Community Health Grants. 

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April 26, 2019
Winner of NBBJ 2019 Community Philanthropy Awards

The Petaluma Health Care District was named one of the winners of the 2019 North Bay Business Journal's Community Philanthropy Awards. 

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April 1, 2019
Petaluma Walking Day to highlight healthy choices

Support (or start) a healthy habbit by walking with us on Petaluma Walking Day!  Read about it in the Argus here.

March 13, 2019
Halley Cloud Joins PHCD as Community Health Program Manager

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February 22, 2019
11 North Bay leaders in health care you need to know in 2019

CEO Ramona Faith is among 11 North Bay leaders in health care recently highlighted by the North Bay Business Journal.

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January 18, 2019
Senior care providers Ambrosi and Chelemedos join the PHCD Board

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December 17, 2018
Exchange Bank presents charity golf proceeds to PHCD

Exchange Bank representatives Dan Libarle and Rick Gorman present Healthquest CPR Program Manager Tami Bender with a $2,000 check raised through Exchange Bank's charity golf tournament October 15.

December 13, 2018
Petaluma Valley Hospital deal in place

Petaluma Health Care District, St. Joseph affiliate sign letter of intent laying out 30-year hospital lease

The Petaluma Health Care District on Monday signed a letter of intent with a St. Joseph Health affiliate for a long term lease to operate Petaluma Valley Hospital. A final deal, expected next year, is pending approval of St. Joseph’s joint operating company with Adventist Health, to run the companies’ Northern California operations.

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December 11, 2018
Petaluma Health Care District Signs Letter of Intent for Long-Term Lease Operation of Petaluma Valley Hospital

The Petaluma Health Care District (District) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI), pursuant to which ST Network, LLC (ST Network) will operate Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) under a 30-year term lease. Final lease negotiations will occur in 2019 once the applicable regulatory authorities have approved ST Network 

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November 5, 2018
Petaluma Schools to Launch Opioid Prevention Program Across Classrooms

The Petaluma school district will be the first in Northern California to roll out a Drug Enforcement Administration opioid prevention program, in response to rising concerns over a nationwide opioid epidemic.

Read the full article from The Press Democrat here.

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October 25, 2018
Hospital lease expected next year

From the Argus Courier ...  Petaluma healthcare officials hope to complete negotiations for a new Petaluma Valley Hospital lease by next fall, although they acknowledge that the complicated process hinges on St. Joseph Health’s combination with Adventist Health.


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October 11, 2018
AED Check-Up and Hands-Only CPR Training Success

There were two great hands-only CPR and AED events on October 10 at the Rancho Adobe Fire Station in Cotati and Petaluma’s D Street Fire Station. We found four AEDs that the owners were unaware had expired parts and brought them up to date. We also trained more than 70 people in hands-only CPR and AED use.  These results could very well save a life in our community.

Thanks to Rancho Adobe Fire District, Petaluma Fire Department, Save Lives Sonoma, the American Heart Association and our many volunteers for making this event a huge success!

If you are interested in learning CPR, obtaining an AED or need an AED inspection please contact Healthquest CPR at or 707-766-9226

October 5, 2018
Competitive election at pivotal time for Petaluma Health Care District

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October 1, 2018
Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma Health Care District and Community Partners Bring Innovative Drug Prevention and Academic Support Programs to Students

An exciting roster of new and first-of-their-kind programs are rolling out in the Petaluma City Schools (PCS) District to tackle some of most pressing challenges schools and students are facing. In close partnership with the Petaluma Health Care District and many community partners involved in funding, oversight or execution, the new programs include: an Alcohol, Tobacco or Other drugs (ATOD) Peer-to-Peer Prevention program run by Community Matters; Still I Rise, a pilot program offered through 10,000 Degrees that targets vulnerable middle schoolers to help them meet academic requirements and graduate high school college-ready; and, Operation Prevention, an opioid education and prevention curriculum, which will launch later this school year.

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August 23, 2018
Ballot set in Petaluma election races

Ten candidates will be on the November ballot seeking seats on Petaluma’s highest elected board, including three for the separately elected mayor’s seat and seven running for three open city council seats.


The crowded field includes longtime incumbent leaders, political newcomers and activists spurred to run for local office by the current political climate.

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August 14, 2018
Little libraries lend literacy to Petaluma apartments

he national phenomenon of Free Little Libraries, which has permeated all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide with community-based honor system book lending, is now fully entrenched in Petaluma.


In addition to the 15 already in existence, five new little libraries have been added to each Burbank Housing community in Petaluma in an attempt to educate families about the correlation between reading to children and long term health.


The concept of adopting the Free Little Libraries was spearheaded by the Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area, a collaborative formed by the Petaluma Health Care District. CHIPA is designed to improve the wellness of the community by assessing the social determinants of health that derive from factors like housing, transportation, education, food access and mental health.

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A short video illustrating the construction of the first LFL units at Mentor Me can be found here.

May 21, 2018
St. Joseph Health agrees to continue operating 80-bed California hospital until 2020

Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health will continue to operate Petaluma (Calif.) Valley Hospital until January 2020, Petaluma Health Care District officials confirmed May 16, according to the North Bay Business Journal.


Here are four things to know about the negotiations.


1. St. Joseph Health announced its intent to form a joint operating company with Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health to manage their Northern California operations in April. Once the deal is finalized, the joint operating company may take over operating negotiations for Petaluma Valley Hospital.


2. District officials said they have "reengaged with St. Joseph because of the new company," adding, "it will probably be the new company that will run the hospital," the report states.


3. St. Joseph Health has operated the 80-bed acute care hospital since 1997. However, the health system's 20-year lease expired in 2017, and talks to extend the lease ended as a result of financial terms and women's reproductive health issues, according to the report.


4. The district began seeking other potential hospital operators and was negotiating an agreement with El Segundo, Calif.-based Paladin Healthcare. However, district officials ended talks with Paladin after St. Joseph agreed to continue to run the hospital until January 2020.

May 18, 2017
Petaluma Health Care District Community Health Grants and Awards

Check out these great photos from our 2018 Community Partnership Appreciation Breakfast!

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May 17, 2018
St. Joseph Health back in lease talks for Petaluma Valley Hospital

The Petaluma Health Care District is reengaging with St. Joseph Health in talks for the future operations of Petaluma Valley Hospital, health care officials said Wednesday.


St. Joseph and Adventist Health announced last month the two companies would form a partnership to manage their Northern California operations. Once that deal is completed, the joint venture could take over negotiations for PVH. In the meantime, St. Joseph, which has operated PVH since 1997, has agreed to continue running the hospital until January 2020, according to Elece Hempel, the president of the health care district board.


“We are at a place where we have reengaged with St. Joseph because of the new company,” she said. “It will probably be the new company that will run the hospital.”

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May 16, 2018
Petaluma Health Care District Presents $54,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits and Announces Community Health Award Recipients

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Community Health Grants and Awards. For the past three years, PHCD has recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding service benefitting the health and wellness needs of Southern Sonoma County. This year, PHCD launched its inaugural grant solicitation process as part of the program and formed a Grant Review Committee that welcomed community residents alongside PHCD representatives.


Today, at is annual Community Partnership Appreciation Breakfast, PHCD celebrated the work of its many partners and agencies working to improve the health of residents within the District service area. PHCD also recognized the winners of the Health Hero and Golden Heart awards, and announced seven nonprofit grant recipients, with a total of $54,000 awarded.

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