PHCD NEWS

March 13, 2017
Petaluma Valley Hospital vote delayed

Petalumans will no longer be voting to approve an operator for Petaluma Valley Hospital on June 6, as had long been the Petaluma Health Care District’s plan.

 

The announcement came Friday at the PHCD board meeting, also the last day to submit a ballot measure for the June vote.

 

In a news release, Elece Hempel, board president, cited the “complex” process of transitioning from St. Joseph Health as the hospital’s operator to the board’s choice of Paladin Healthcare as its new operator.


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March 10, 2017
District to miss June vote on Petaluma hospital

The Petaluma Health Care District board on Friday decided to postpone submitting a ballot measure for the new Petaluma Valley Hospital lease.

 

The district earlier had signaled an intent to set a public vote on June 6 to ratify the operating agreement with Paladin Healthcare, the district’s preferred choice to take over the hospital from St. Joseph Health.

 

March 10 was the deadline to submit a measure for the June ballot. PHCD Board President Elece Hempel said the district needed more time to finalize the lease agreement with Paladin.


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March 10, 2017
Vote for New Petaluma Valley Hospital Lease Deferred

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors at its meeting today decided to postpone submitting a ballot measure for the new Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) lease for public vote on June 6, 2017. Today, March 10, is the deadline to submit measures for the June 6 ballot.

 

PHCD Board President Elece Hempel stated during today’s public board meeting: “This process is very complex. Unlike 20 years ago, three parties are now involved in this transaction, the District, the new operator, Paladin Healthcare (“Paladin”), and the existing operator, St. Joseph Health (“St. Joseph”), not two. The District and Paladin need additional time to finalize the terms of the lease agreement, and Paladin and St. Joseph need time to discuss and agree upon the terms of an operations transfer agreement that will ensure a smooth transition of hospital operations. Our expectation is that all parties – the District, Paladin and St. Joseph – will work expeditiously to reach the necessary agreements, and we will submit the new lease for a public vote at such time. It is our expectation that St. Joseph will continue to operate the hospital until a smooth transition with Paladin Healthcare occurs.”


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March 2, 2017
Poll: Paladin right choice to run PV hospital

Respondents to an online Argus-Courier poll said Paladin Healthcare should be approved as the next operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital. Paladin was selected by the Petaluma Health Care District to run the hospital, a choice that must be ratified by voters in June.

 


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March 2, 2017
Hospital choice must be explained

The destiny of Petaluma Valley Hospital became just a bit clearer last week following an announcement by the Petaluma Health Care District that a Los Angeles-based healthcare company is the favorite to become the next operator of the city’s publicly-owned hospital.

 

Paladin Healthcare, a for-profit enterprise which operates four L.A.-area hospitals in “underserved, disadvantaged urban communities,” according to its website, is now in negotiations over the specifics of what is expected to become a long-term contract to operate Petaluma’s 80-bed hospital. Paladin is known for turning around struggling hospitals, but in Petaluma it would be a case of “sustaining and growing” the hospital, according to a Paladin spokesman.


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March 2, 2017
Sobriety program for homeless people yields results in Petaluma

At this time last year, Paul Palmer was going on seven years of being homeless.

 

A methamphetamine addict living along the Petaluma River, he’d been in and out of rehab a few times, but it never seemed to work.

 

He mostly kept to himself, staying out of the way of police officers and other homeless people, burrowed deep into the bushes along the river bank on the north side of town. To support his habit, he recycled. To pass the time, he would read, birdwatch or tend his vegetable patch of corn, lettuce and tomatoes.

 

Palmer, 52, is now off the streets and has been sober for three months, thanks to Petaluma’s Sober Circle initiative.


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March 1, 2017
The Wild West Needs a Deputy

There’s a program called Sober Circle in Petaluma that’s working. Petaluma PD had reported that a staggering 50% of their calls for service were homeless related calls. Sober Circle was somewhat started by a couple of frustrated and disheartened patrol officers looking for solutions. They decided to reach out to the health care/services organizations to try and work together to solve the homeless problem. After researching other programs that worked in other jurisdictions, the Police dept. dedicated an officer to the program that was developed. A 2016 Press Democrat article reported that the unsheltered homeless population in Petaluma had been reduced from 89% in 2013 to 40% in 2015, and the total homeless population had drastically decreased from 909 in 2013 to 361 in 2015 due to the efforts of the police dept. working with non-profit service providers.


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February 26, 2017
Petaluma Valley Hospital’s new manager Paladin Healthcare known for turnarounds but facility is healthy

Petaluma Valley Hospital’s next operator, El Segundo-based Paladin Healthcare, is known for turning around struggling hospitals. Its latest task likely will be different, growing a hospital that has a solid financial footing, according its owners.

 

If approved by the community in a vote in June, Paladin will take over when the hospital’s owner, the Petaluma Health Care District, ends its long-running agreement with St. Joseph Health in September.

 

PHCD chose Paladin over Pipeline Health, which manages Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol, and The KPC Group


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February 23, 2017
Petaluma should prioritize affordable housing

Petaluma’s housing crisis is bad and getting worse, and the many negative impacts on people’s lives are multiplying.

 

As reported by Argus-Courier reporter Hannah Beausang last week, a coalition of small business owners submitted a petition to members of the Petaluma City Council earlier this month urging them to address the dearth of affordable housing in the city, a trend they say is hurting their ability to hire and retain employees.


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February 21, 2017
See the 23 North Bay philanthropy awards-winners of 2017

The North Bay Business Journal has selected 23 honorees for its fourth annual Community Philanthropy Awards underwritten by Exchange Bank.

 

The recipients will be honored at a luncheon March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. The awardees also will be profiled in a special Business Journal section on March 27.

 

  • Arrow Benefits Group
  • Bank of Marin
  • Exchange Bank
  • John Jordan Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Mary’s Pizza Shack
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • North Bay Association of Realtors
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Petaluma Health Care District
  • Pisenti & Brinker LLP
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Soiland Company
  • Sonoma Clean Power
  • Summit State Bank
  • Terra Firma Global Partners
  • Touro University California
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
  • Wine Road
  • Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Stacey Biagi, director of social media and public relations, Biagi Bros.

 


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February 17, 2017
Paladin Healthcare recommended to operate Petaluma Valley Hospital

The Petaluma Health Care District board unanimously approved the selection of Paladin Healthcare as the next operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital on Friday. Now, it’s up to the public to vote on it June 6.

 

“We are going to need everybody’s help in order to get that vote approved,” said Elece Hempel, president of the health care district board. “We’re just at the base of the hill. We have a long way to go to get this thing done.”

 

In the next few weeks, PHCD will be hosting a series of forums and public meetings to talk about the board’s choice and address the community, while continuing negotiations on a final agreement with Paladin Healthcare and working to ensure the transition from St. Joseph Health goes smoothly. The district must provide final ballot language by March 10.


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February 17, 2017
Petaluma Valley Hospital chooses Paladin Healthcare to run facility

The Petaluma Health Care District has selected Paladin Healthcare as the recommended long-term lease operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH), effective Sept. 1, 2017.

 

Paladin, through its subsidiaries, operates community hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area and Washington, D.C. This will be its first Northern California location.

 

PHCD had also considered Pipeline Health, based in Los Angeles, and The KPC Group.

 

Paladin has guaranteed employment for current PVH staff in good standing for at least six months, with no plans to make material changes to the composition of the staff, and has stated that it will honor all current union agreements.


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February 17, 2017
Paladin selected to run Petaluma Valley Hospital

A southern California healthcare company is in line to become the next operator of the publicly-owned Petaluma Valley Hospital.

 

The Petaluma Health Care District board last week selected Paladin Healthcare as its top choice from among three companies vying to take over operations from St. Joseph Health. The board must still reach a final agreement with the El Segundo-based healthcare company. District voters will also need to ratify the agreement on the June 6 ballot.


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February 17, 2017
Petaluma Health Care District Moves Forward with Paladin Healthcare as Recommended Operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) has selected Paladin Healthcare (Paladin) as the recommended long-term lease operator of Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH), effective Sept. 1, 2017. Paladin was selected after PHCD’s Board of Directors carefully considered bids from three parties.

 

“In evaluating the bids, Paladin provided a thoughtful and thorough proposal that addressed the criteria we identified as important for an operator, demonstrated its strengths as an organization, and articulated a strong vision for PVH. Further, the company presented a well-researched and solid understanding of Southern Sonoma County’s acute care needs, coupled with a proven track record for sustaining or improving community hospital operations and the patient care experience,” said Ramona Faith, PHCD CEO. “Paladin’s proposal includes keeping and restoring core services; ongoing financial investment in operations, service lines and physician services, and our facility; maintaining quality levels; a long-term agreement; and offering our community fair-market-value rent for the hospital facility.”


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February 17, 2017
Petaluma homeless advocates team up with library

Petaluma’s leading homeless services provider has joined forces with the city’s library in an attempt to reach a broader segment of the area’s most vulnerable population.

 

The evolving partnership between the Petaluma Regional Library and the Committee on the Shelterless provides the nonprofit with an outpost to connect with those who might not otherwise utilize the organization’s services, either because they’re unaware of what’s offered, apprehensive about seeking help, or because they’ve been asked to leave the shelter in the past, COTS Disability Benefits Advocate Barbara Pieper said.


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February 16, 2017
Standing up for Petaluma’s immigrants

“Six hundred miles to that Mexican border — they chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves”

 

— Woody Guthrie, “Deportee”

 

When Woody Guthrie wrote his famous protest song lamenting the plight of California’s migrant farmworkers who, under Congressional authorization, were brought here during World War II to solve the problem of severe labor shortages, he could not have foreseen how California’s agricultural economy would one day become entirely dependent upon foreign labor. Today, the growing and harvesting of the state’s crops, including wine grapes, is achieved principally by citizens from Mexico and other Central American countries who are not legally authorized to be here.


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February 6, 2017
Three Operators Vying for Petaluma Valley Hospital

PHCD has received formal bids from three parties – KPC Health Inc., Paladin Healthcare and Pipeline Health – to operate Southern Sonoma County’s community-owned asset, Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH).

 

“Since October when negotiations to continue hospital operations ended with St. Joseph Health, we have been fully and actively engaged in identifying viable parties that will continue to operate PVH as a high-quality community hospital that meets the needs of Southern Sonoma County residents,” said Ramona Faith, PHCD CEO. “The potential operators, KPC, Paladin and Pipeline, worked with us to prepare their proposals through site visits, interviews, data collection and analysis, and market research in advance of the bid submission deadline. We have also been coordinating closely with St. Joseph Health to help our bidders obtain the information they need to prepare and submit their bid. We are on an expedited timeline, but we are conducting a thorough process.”


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January 30, 2017
Petaluma Valley Hospital contract gets bidding interest

Three hospital operators have toured Petaluma Valley Hospital in the past two months as a deadline looms for interested companies to submit bids to take over the facility.

 

Among the companies making site visits are Pipeline Health, a Los Angeles-based management company that owns and operates hospitals and healthcare organizations including four in Southern California and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. The company in July signed a deal to manage the struggling Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol.

 

The other two companies to visit Petaluma’s hospital are El Segundo-based Paladin Healthcare and The KPC Group. Based in Riverside, The KPC Group is part of Strategic Global Management, one of four firms that submitted bids to operate the Petaluma hospital last year.


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January 26, 2017
Early interest in Petaluma hospital contract

Three hospital operators have toured Petaluma Valley Hospital in the past two months as a deadline looms for interested companies to submit bids to take over the facility.

 

Among the companies making site visits are Pipeline Health, a Los Angeles-based management company that owns and operates hospitals and healthcare organizations including four in Southern California and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.The company in July signed a deal to manage the struggling Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol.

 

The other two companies to visit Petaluma’s hospital are El Segundo-based Paladin Healthcare and The KPC Group. Based in Riverside, The KPC Group is part of Strategic Global Management, one of four firms that submitted bids to operate the Petaluma hospital last year.

 

Interested companies have until Jan. 31 to submit bids to take over operations at the publicly- owned hospital. So far, no one has submitted a formal bid, said Ramona Faith, CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District, which owns the hospital.


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January 23, 2017
Petaluma Valley Hospital gets ‘stroke-ready’ certification; other North Bay business news

Petaluma Valley Hospital has earned advanced disease-specific care certification for acute stroke-ready hospitals from The Joint Commission, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center.


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