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CHA, Hospital Council Staff Visit Sonoma County Hospitals


  • Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa
  • Providence St. Joseph, Petaluma Valley Hospital
  • Providence, St. Joseph, Santa Rosa
  • Santa Rosa Behavioral Healthcare


Representatives from both Hospital Council and the California Hospital Association (CHA) visited Sonoma County member hospitals on July 24-25 to meet with executive teams, tour facilities, and hold listening sessions on hospital needs, focusing on behavioral health and labor relations.  

Providence St. Joseph, Santa Rosa; Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa; Sonoma Valley Hospital; Providence St. Joseph Petaluma Valley Hospital; and Santa Rosa Behavioral Healthcare welcomed Hospital Council and CHA into their facilities to share their successes, struggles, and visions for patient and community service.  

While Santa Rosa is not rural relative to some of Hospital Council’s other areas, all expressed a concern for the future of rural health, especially in light of Senate Bill 525 on minimum wage and the 2030 seismic requirements. Significant conversation was also had about the proposed law changes for individuals on an involuntary hold, as well as the sheer volume of these individuals with few options for care outside of the emergency department.

CHA’s Gideon Baum, Hospital Council’s Meghan Hardin, and CHA’s Kirsten Barlow recently visited Sonoma County hospitals, including Petaluma Valley. 

The opportunity to meet directly with member hospitals in the communities they serve and the facilities they lead provides crucial context for CHA and Hospital Council’s member service efforts.