PHCD NEWS

March 30, 2016 - News Brief
North Coast families can benefit from free tax preparation

Maria Reyes said she was raised to believe if something is offered for free, it’s probably too good to be true.

But Reyes said she’s changed her tune now after receiving free tax preparation service, including filing, as part of the “Earn It, Keep It, Save It” United Way-led program for low- and middle-income families in Northern California.

The tax preparation service Reyes went to last year charged her $150. Reyes, a mother of two girls and a student at Santa Rosa Junior College, had to wait an hour before seeing the preparer, who didn’t explain any of the deductions or credits she received during the process.

This year, Reyes said, she easily made an appointment by calling 211. She had a preparer who explained to her all of her tax credits. In fact, the preparer found mistakes in past returns in which she was listed as single as opposed to head of household, entitling her to an even bigger refund.


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A United Way volunteer helps a client file her taxes (Alvin Jordana/The Press Democrat)

March 28, 2016 - News Brief
PHCD receives North Bay Business Journal Community Philanthropy Award

For nearly 70 years, the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) has leveraged its position as a community owned and operated public agency to serve the changing health and wellness needs of Southern Sonoma County residents.

“We do this by ensuring local access to quality acute care and emergency services through Petaluma Valley Hospital,” according to CEO Ramona Faith. “PHCD also funds evidence-based and community-based health promotion and illness prevention programs, invests in local nonprofits providing critical social services, and by supporting schools working to positively impact the health of students.”


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March 14, 2016 - News Brief
Exchange Bank is HeartSafe Business

Exchange Bank is the first financial institution in Sonoma County to roll out PHCD's HeartSafe program 

Exchange Bank has long been know for being a financially safe company.

Now, it's a "HeartSafe" business, too, thanks to a life-saving program training employees in "hands-only CPR" and installing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in several Exchange Bank locations.

The Bank collaborated with Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) to implement its HeartSafe program. Exchange Bank's AEDs will be available to the Bank's employees, customers and the nearby community.


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Exchange Bank employees practice CPR during a training from PHCD

March 14, 2016 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District and Community Partners Launch Collaborative Program for Petaluma’s Most At-Risk Homeless

PHCD, in collaboration with the Petaluma Police Department, the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), the Petaluma Fire Department, the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center, the Petaluma Health Center, Sonoma County Behavioral Health, St. Joseph Health, and the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, announces the implementation of Petaluma Sober Circle (PSC).

Designed to build upon efforts to address the needs of the city’s homeless population through sheltering, treatment and other necessary services, PSC takes a critical step further by dedicating resources to direct outreach to this vulnerable population. On Feb. 25, PSC received a grant to round out the program’s funding and ensure implementation of a two-year pilot project.


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February 8, 2016 - News Brief
Petaluma's homeless efforts paying off

t was not long ago that living on the streets of Petaluma was akin to a death sentence. From 2010 to 2014, there were 21 homeless people who died in the city, often in harsh conditions, sometimes due to drug abuse. In 2014 alone, eight bodies of homeless people were discovered.

In the past year, however, that trend has reversed. There were just two homeless deaths, and the entire homeless population declined in Petaluma in 2015. The turnaround is in part due to increased homeless outreach from the police department, but also because of the efforts of Petaluma nonprofits that provide service to the most vulnerable in the community. It’s a positive trend that we hope continues into this year.


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Shelter Manager Robin Phoenix walks through a dorm room while Ron Pickering, right, and Harold Barrios read at COTS' Mary Issak Center (SCOTT MANCHESTER/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

January 27, 2016 - News Brief
PHCD Boasts of Community Health, Wellness Achievements and Giving

Petaluma Health Care District Annual Report for 2015 shows $300,000 Worth of Support Donated to Local Organizations and a Record Number of Recognitions and Awards for the District 

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is proud to report that over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, it contributed $300,000 in charitable funds, sponsorships and in-kind support to Southern Sonoma County nonprofit programs and services. More than $110,000 in direct funds were dispersed to improve local health services and aid prevention and wellness, youth programs, health education and housing. This total represented an additional $43,000 in direct giving from the previous year. A full report on PHCD’s fiscal year accomplishments and philanthropic support can be found here.


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January 19, 2016 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District Set to Review Two Lease Options for Petaluma Valley Hospital

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is pleased to announce that two hospital operators completed the bid process to lease and operate Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) when its 20-year agreement with St. Joseph Health expires in January 2017. St. Joseph Health and Prime Healthcare Services have submitted refined proposals for lease options, which PHCD will review over the next 60 to 90 days before making its recommendation to the community on a continued or new operator. Both proposals state that the bidders intend to continue operating PVH as a not-for-profit.


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Petaluma Valley Hospital

January 15, 2016 - News Brief
Homeless Numbers on Decline in Petaluma

A coalition of Petaluma organizations are redoubling their efforts after making significant progress in addressing the city’s homeless population, setting their sights on those most at-risk while celebrating positive trends for the population as a whole.

On the eve of launching the new program known as Petaluma Sober Circle, groups focused on health care, shelter services, mental health and law enforcement have already achieved a major increase in the percentage of people who have been sheltered in Petaluma, along with a decline in the number of people living without permanent housing.

“The ultimate goal is to increase the chance of recovery while increasing quality of life,” said Ramona Faith, CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District, which has helped organize providers around the issue of homelessness in Petaluma and to develop the Sober Circle program


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January 7, 2016 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District Annual Report Highlights Community Health and Wellness Achievements and Giving

2015 Saw $300,000 Worth of Support Donated to Local Organizations and a Record Number of Recognitions and Awards for the District

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is proud to report that over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, it contributed $300,000 in charitable funds, sponsorships and in-kind support to Southern Sonoma County nonprofit programs and services. More than $110,000 in direct funds were dispersed to improve local health services and aid prevention and wellness, youth programs, health education and housing. This total represented an additional $43,000 in direct giving from the previous year.


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January 5, 2016 - News Brief
Petaluma Valley Hospital's future up for discussion

The Petaluma Health Care District will carve out time from its public meeting tonight to discuss the future operation of Petaluma Valley Hospital, which is owned by the district but is operated through a lease with St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County. That lease expires in January 2017.

The 7 p.m. forum is one of several special sessions aimed at creating an opportunity for public to help craft the criteria used to select the future operator of the hospital, said Ramona Faith, CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District. “The feedback from the public helps the board shape our evaluation criteria, so we can best serve the community and identify the best hospital operator moving forward,” Faith said.


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December 31, 2015
Drought, housing crisis top Petaluma new stories in 2015

Events of the past year in Petaluma seem to set the stage for a busy 2016. While next year promises to be monumental with a major election, several large transportation projects coming online and potentially drought busting rains, 2015 passed relatively routinely, although with plenty of stories to keep Petaluma on its toes.

For most of the year, the city and the region were parched by a record drought that was only slightly eased by late fall rains. A housing crisis also gripped the Bay Area, and Petaluma leaders struggled to come up with solutions to the problem.


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December 31, 2015
Important Petaluma issues in 2016

If you thought this past year was exciting for local news, just wait until 2016 starts to gather steam. Once the holiday hangover wears off, 2016 should be an extremely busy year for local issues with the potential to shape Petaluma.

The year also offers Petalumans plenty of opportunity to stay engaged and weigh in on the issues, while we will do our best to keep readers informed


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December 18, 2015
Helping generations of Petaluma students

The Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) has a few goals for 2016. They’d like to expand their partnerships with local businesses. They’d like to receive more donations of high-quality furniture and designer-label clothing at their Alphabet Soup Thrift Store on Western Ave. And, perhaps most ambitiously, they’d like every single person in Petaluma to donate something, no matter how small.


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December 10, 2015
Mentor Me volunteers help at-risk youth in Petaluma

The guidance and company of a caring adult can make a world of difference in the life of a child, and since 2001, Petaluma-based Mentor Me has worked hard to provide at-risk youth in the community with mentors.

"January is National Mentoring Month and really our greatest need now is for mentors," said Mentor Me's Executive Director, Deborah Dalton.


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Maureen Highland, PEF ED speaks at the 2015 PEF Scholarship reception (SCOTT MANCHESTER/ARGUS-COURIER STAFF)

December 3, 2015
Petaluma hospital bids coming into focus

The board of directors for the Petaluma Health Care District on Tuesday held the first of four public meetings to solicit input as they narrow down their criteria for selecting a leading candidate to operate Petaluma Valley Hospital, a recommendation that will go to the ballot for final approval sometime next year.

After the absence of public comment on the topic, the board called on residents to lend their thoughts in future meetings before adoption of the decision-making framework on Jan. 19. 


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December 2, 2015
Cardiac rehab program opens to low-income residents in Sonoma County

While working in a Mexico City bakery a half-century ago, Vicente Tlatilpa earned the name “Atómico” for his lightning speed moving tray after tray of Mexican bread. His talents as a street brawler eventually landed him in the Lucha Libre wrestling circuit, where he adopted the masked identity of Rayo Atómico — the Atomic Ray.

It took a recent surgical procedure for his clogged arteries to slow down the 75-year-old Windsor retiree. But with the help of a well-known cardiac rehabilitation program in Sonoma County, Tlatilpa is close to resuming the active lifestyle that’s always been part of his identity.


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(ALVIN JORNADA/The Press Democrat) Vincente Tlatipla laughs with excercise physiologist Kathy Hutchinson as she measures his blood before his rehab workout at Heartworks in Santa Rosa, California.

December 1, 2015
Sonoma County preschoolers go hands-on with veggies

With a $94,580 federal grant, North Bay Children’s Center, a nonprofit operator of six Sonoma County preschools, has bolstered its nutrition education curriculum with a program built on local farms and gardening, designed to foster healthier eating habits and a greater understanding of where fresh food comes from.

The center is partnering in the effort with Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, or 4Cs, and Community Alliance with Family Farmers. The grant pays for garden supplies at 15 Sonoma County preschools, monthly produce deliveries from local farmers that include materials about the farmer and farming process, and related teaching activities and supplies.


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November 11, 2015
Sonoma County gets grant to fight childhood trauma impacts

Sonoma County was selected as one of 14 communities across the country to take part in a project to expand its innovative work in addressing adverse childhood experiences. It's an opporunity to exapnd local solutions to prevent traumatic childhood experiences that are linked to poor health outcomes later in life, according to county health officials.


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(BETH SCHLANKER/The Press Democrate) Lisa Bianchi, Garden and Nutrition Coordinator, helps Moises Smith, 4, pick turnips in the vegtable garden at the North Bay Children's Center on the McDowell Elementary School campus in Petaluma.

November 10, 2015 - Press Release
Petaluma Health Care District Seeks Public Input on Priorities for Selection of Petaluma Valley Hospital Operator

PHCD announced it closed the window for submission of new proposals from potential operators of Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) on October 20. Now in a 60-day quiet phase as the responding operators complete their due diligence and refine their bids, PHCD is, again, reaching out to the Southern Sonoma County community for input on prioritizing the service offerings and final selection criteria that will inform PHCD in its discussions and negotiations regarding the future operations of PVH.


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November 2, 2015
20 in North Bay selected for Healthiest Companies Awards

The Business Journal is pleased to announce the 20 recipients of its fourth annual Healthiest Companies in the North Bay for 2015. 

The award highlights successful wellnes programs by employers and organizations, which can help offset employer healthcare costs and improve employee morale and productivity.  Such efforts can also help employers retain and recruit employees, according to health officials.  The Petaluma Health Care District was a reicpient of the award for the second year in a row.


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