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Orchestrating Health Care Accessibility in Rural California


  • Adventist Health, North State region 
  • Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties 
  • Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma County member hospitals 
  • Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma County community organizations and federally qualified health centers 


As member hospitals and Humboldt County progress toward the construction of a behavioral health crisis triage center (a plan developed with Hospital Council in 2022), 2024 is shaping up to be a year of community collaboratives.

Sonoma County has announced a multi-county behavioral health collaborative day on May 30, Adventist Health’s Ukiah Valley Incubate project is gaining national attention, and Sonoma County continues to move forward with a Be Well-style facility plan for Santa Rosa.

The common theme among these projects is harmonious partnership between hospitals and the communities they serve, ensuring the most vulnerable members have sustained access to essential care. Beyond this primary goal, these collaboratives yield additional benefits such as a heightened focus on the critical workforce pipeline, care providers rediscovering meaning in their work, and a community that is both engaged and optimistic.

Takeaway / Next Steps

These projects embody the long-standing aspiration within health care for a “rising tide” that uplifts all involved. Hospital Council eagerly anticipates the continued support and promotion of these endeavors, recognizing the transformative impact they have on both health care delivery and community well-being.