August 25, 2016 - Announcement
Rep. Huffman Announces Federal Grants to Local Health Centers to Continue to Provide High Quality, Comprehensive Care

Washington, D.C.-Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $897,200 in federal funds to health centers across Huffman’s Congressional District to expand on their achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care.


The funding, awarded as part of Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, will allow fourteen health centers in California’s second congressional district to invest in current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and to improve primary care service delivery.


The Petaluma Health Center will receive $151,429 from the grant to expand patient care.

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August 15, 2016 - News Brief
North Bay midwives reduce C-section rate

Despite the cost, and risk to mother and baby, the number of women giving birth by cesarean delivery, or C-section, increased by 60 percent in the U.S. between 1996 and 2009, and by 2011 it was the nation’s most common operating room procedure.


With a resurgence of midwives, however, studies show that C-section rates at hospitals where they are employed are much lower.


At 26 percent, California is below the national average of 32 percent, and at hospitals in the North Bay the rate is even lower.

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August 15, 2016 - News Brief
New health network coming to North Bay this fall

Come this fall, a new insurance health network will be entering the North Bay market.


Based in Emeryville, Canopy Health was launched a year ago by University of California San Francisco Health and John Muir Health, and was formerly known as The Bay Area Accountable Care Network.


Already, Canopy Health (not to be confused with Canopy Health Insurance, based in Denver) has added seven new hospitals to their network. Those include Marin General Hospital; Sonoma Valley Hospital; San Ramon Regional Medical Center; Alameda Health System’s Alameda, Highland and San Leandro hospitals; and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

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August 4, 2016 - News Brief
Hospital off of Nov. Ballot

A measure to ratify a new operating contract for Petaluma Valley Hospital will not be ready for the November ballot, meaning that the current, 20-year lease to operate the publicly owned facility will expire before voters can approve a new agreement.


The cause of the delay is several sticking points in the closed-door negotiations that continue to drag on between the public entity overseeing the process and its current leading candidate, hospital officials said.


The Petaluma Health Care District, the public entity which owns southern Sonoma County’s only acute-care hospital, will be seeking a temporary lease extension with incumbent operator St. Joseph Health while negotiations continue over the terms of the new agreement, said Ramona Faith, district CEO. Voters will have the final say in approving the terms that the district recommends.

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August, 2016 - News Brief
Health Care CEO Recognized as Local Business Leader

As one of the top 25 winners at the 16th Annual Women in Business Awards, Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) Ceo Ramona Faith has been recognized as an influential health caer leader.

The Women in Business award recgonizes exceptional women in the North Bay for their recent accomplishments and contributions to the business community as leaders, innovators and visionaries. Faith was one of only three women in the health care field to be considered for the annual award presented by the North Bay Business Journal.

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PHCD Board Member Joe Stern and CEO Ramona Faith

July 26, 2016 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District Plans Community Meetings to Update on Petaluma Valley Hospital Operator Selection Process

PHCD will hold a series of five community meetings to update Southern Sonoma County residents on the status of PHCD’s due-diligence process to select Petaluma Valley Hospital’s (PVH) future operator. PHCD has narrowed its conversations to focus on re-leasing with St. Joseph Health. At the meetings, PHCD’s CEO will provide updates on the selection process and the status of negotiations with St. Joseph Health. These meetings are intended to inform the community and allow for public input and questions regarding the due-diligence process.

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June 30, 2016 - News Brief
Coalition no longer

Healthy Community Consortium, a Petaluma health promotion agency formed 14 years ago, is dissolving on June 30. The original funding partners made up of the Petaluma Health Care District, St. Joseph Health, Kaiser Permanente, City of Petaluma, Petaluma City Schools, and the Petaluma Police Department came together in 2002 but agreed that the coalition was no longer needed. The agency has had a recent focus on youth that includes promoting positive leadership, engagement and community building. It is responsible for Friday Night Live, Petaluma Youth Network, Safe School Ambassadors, Ready by 21, Prepare Petaluma and the South County Senior Forum. Petaluma Health Care District will continue to do much of the coalition and initiative building though it’s Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area.

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June 27, 2016 - News Brief
Ramona Faith of Petaluma Health Care District wins Women in Business award

With a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Chico State University, Ramona Faith began a career of caring as a medical surgical nurse. After years of service there, she added a Masters of Science in Nursing from Sonoma State University to her educational portfolio and eventually began 25 years in various executive positions in health care including becoming CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District.

It’s from that career vantage point that Faith, a fourth-generation resident of Petaluma, has overseen outreach to improve the health of the community, from educating residents to choose healthy foods to CPR training.

“I’m very proud of where we are today with a quality local hospital and measurable success stemming from our community health initiatives and programs.”

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June 23, 2016 - News Brief
Regulators OK merger of St. Joseph Health, Providence

St. Joseph Health and Providence Health and Services have received regulatory approval for a merger that will create the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, officials said Wednesday.

The California Attorney General’s office signed off on the deal between the two nonprofit Catholic hospital chains. The new entity, Providence St. Joseph Health, will include 16 St. Joseph hospitals, including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Providence is based in Renton, Wash. The companies sought a partnership in order to expand services and improve clinical outcomes through shared expertise.

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June 6, 2016 - News Brief
Petaluma Health Care District creating foundation

With approximately 80 members representing a wide swath of Petaluma service providers, public agencies, business groups and other interests, the Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area, or CHIPA, seemed the natural funnel for grants looking to fund collaborative efforts around complex health issues like poverty, homelessness and education.

Yet when it came time to compete for those limited funds, there was just one problem — CHIPA, which operates under the umbrella of the Petaluma Health Care District, was not able to leverage a corresponding nonprofit.

Three years after launching CHIPA as a group focused on discussing ways to jointly address the issues impacting public health in Petaluma, the Petaluma Health Care District is working to catapult those efforts and others through the formation of an affiliated foundation.

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June 6, 2016 - News Brief
25 North Bay leaders named for Journal’s 16th annual Women in Business awards

Bankers, educators, health providers, marketers, executives and business owners — the occupations of winners in the Business Journal’s 16th annual Women in Business Awards are as diverse as the places where they work and contribute, like Benicia, Napa, Novato, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa.

This year, 52 women, each with distinguished professional and community accomplishments, were nominated for the honor. The 25 winners were selected based on many factors, including leadership roles in the organization, business-related innovations, vision and community involvement.

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June 2016 - News Brief
Area Health Care District Presents First Annual Awards

Recipients of the Petaluma Health Care District's (PHCD) First Annual Community Health Awards include a Petaluma police officer and two nonprofits recognized for outstanding service to southern Sonoma County residents.

The Health Care Hero Award, honoring an individual, and the Nonprofit Equity Award, honoring a nonproft - were established by PHCD as a new recognition program in celebration of Health Care District Month in May.

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May 26, 2016 - News Brief
Close to Home: Why we need to expand access to early childhood education

Many people don’t know that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops before the age of five. The early childhood years are critical for laying the foundation for the rest of a child’s life. Early interaction with parents, child-care providers and siblings all shape the nature and development of a child’s brain. But knowing something and doing something about it are two very different things.

We need to ensure that every child in Sonoma County has access to quality preschool to give them a strong start on the path to future success. High quality preschool is a necessity for our kids and should not be a luxury only available to relatively few families.

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May 16, 2016 - News Brief
Petaluma schools implementing new approach to work with struggling students

On a recent day in Petaluma, 57 students were on a waitlist to see a city schools therapist. The number of students seeking help is growing, but the school district lacks the funding to hire more counselors.

Not only school administrators are concered. An event Thursday night at Boulevard Cinemas focusing on childhood trauma and its impacts drew more than 200 people.

Administrators and the Petaluma Health Care District hosted a screening of the 2015 documentary "Paper Tigers" accompanied by a speakers panel discussing "trauma-informed care," how to care for struggling students who've experienced trauma.

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May 11, 2016 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District Honors Community Leader and Two Nonprofits with First Annual Community Health Awards

PHCD is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Community Health Awards, recognizing outstanding service benefitting the health and wellness needs of Southern Sonoma County residents.

The two awards – the Health Care Hero Award, honoring an individual, and the Nonprofit Equity Award, honoring a nonprofit – were established by PHCD as a new recognition program in celebration of Health Care District Month in May. The Petaluma City Council and Sonoma County Board of Supervisors issued its Health Care District Month declarations on May 2 and May 4 respectively, recognizing the essential role PHCD plays in Southern Sonoma County and the importance of creating and promoting health and wellness programs, services and initiatives that contribute to the health and vitality of the community.

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April 28, 2016 - News Brief
St. Joseph top bid for Petaluma Valley Hospital

After nearly 20 years of operating the publicly owned Petaluma Valley Hospital, St. Joseph Health has emerged as the current front-runner in a bid to retain the helm under a new lease in January 2017.

The Petaluma Health Care District, the public entity that owns the hospital, has suspended closed-door talks with its second finalist, Prime Healthcare Services, to focus its energy on narrowing down the offer from St. Joseph, said Ramona Faith, district CEO.

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April 26, 2016 - Event Announcement
Paper Tigers Film Screening and Panel Discussion

PHCD, the Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA), and our many community health partners invite you to the Petaluma premiere of the documentary film Paper Tigers on May 12, 2016 at Boulevard 14 Cinemas.

Paper Tigers explores the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on the lives of students in an alternative high school. After radically changing its approach to disciplining students, the school has become a promising model for providing healing, support and academic achievement for students, families and communities across our nation.

Following the film screening, Brian Farragher, Executive Director of the Hanna Boys Center will lead an insightful and inspiring panel discussion with Dave Rose, Director of Student Services, Petaluma City Schools District, Deborah Dalton, Executive Director, Mentor Me, and Allison Murphy, Director and Clinician, Mothers Care on the use and impact of trauma-informed care in our Petaluma community.

This event is free, but seating is limited!
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For more information, contact Erin Hawkins at (707) 285-2143.

April 4, 2016 - News Brief
Heart-saving tech now in all Petaluma schools

A years-long effort to install life-saving cardiac arrest treatment devices on the grounds of every Petaluma school wrapped up on Wednesday, a major milestone as various groups work to support the proliferation of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, throughout the city.

Health Care District CEO Ramona Faith lauded the milestone, noting that children, like adults, are at risk of cardiac arrest from causes that include undiagnosed birth defects.

“Cardiac emergencies can happen anywhere, at any age,” she said.

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Jeff Schach of the Petaluma Fire Department holds up a demo AED during a training at Kenilworth Junior High School (Beth Schlanker/Press Democrat)

March 31, 2016 - News Brief
Petaluma students learn how to save a life in a countywide CPR push

Lessons Tuesday for seventh-graders at Petaluma’s Kenilworth Junior High School included how to try to save a life through hands-only CPR training.

The training this week for all of the school’s seventh-graders is part of a countywide plan by the nonprofit group Save Lives Sonoma to annually teach the skill to all seventh-graders as well as any residents willing to learn.

So far this year, about 900 Petaluma teens have received the training, including seventh graders at Kenilworth, Petaluma Junior High, St. Vincent’s and San Antonio High School.

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Kenilworth Junior High School students in Petaluma learn CPR (Beth Schlanker/Press Democrat)

March 30, 2016 - News Brief
Sonoma County ranks fifth in California for women’s well-being

Women fare better in Sonoma County than in almost any other county in California, according to a new report that examines the lives of women through a prism of 30 different statistical measurements on everything from child care costs to crime.

Sonoma County was ranked the fifth-best place in California for women’s well-being, according to an index developed by the California Budget & Policy Center, a Sacramento nonprofit focused on improving the economic and social well-being of low- and middle- income Californians.

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A Sonoma County preschool teachers works with her students (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat)