Frequently Asked Questions

The Petaluma Health Care District, the governing body of PVH, is hoping to sell the hospital to ensure the hospital remains open for the foreseeable future while continuing the hospital’s commitment to caring for the patients it serves. While PVH remains solvent today, looming challenges, from unfunded government mandates to changing regulations and competition from larger regional hospitals, makes selling the Hospital an imperative. Without any agreement, the Hospital may have as little as 30 months before it starts to become financially insolvent.

Measure CC ensures Petaluma Valley Hospital, an acute care facility with a 24/7 emergency room, remains open for at least the next 20 years.

NorCal HealthConnect, LLC, a secular (non-religious) affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health, has agreed to purchase the hospital and its assets for $52.6 million. A St. Joseph Health subsidiary has been operating PVH since 1997, and through its affiliation with NorCal HealthConnect, will continue providing superior health care services through this existing and longstanding partnership. During the time the St. Joseph Health subsidiary has operated the Hospital, it has received numerous commendations, including excellence in patient care, and has been ranked one of the top community hospitals in California.

The Petaluma Health Care District plans to undertake an in-depth process to develop a community-involved strategic plan for investing in services and programs to improve community health in Southern Sonoma County. The District will work in collaboration with local non-profits, health care organizations, local businesses, community leaders and the public to develop the strategic plan.

The District may invest the $52.6 million in proceeds from the sale in programs supporting Southern Sonoma County’s most challenging community health priorities such as: health equity, education, mental and behavioral health, senior wellness, homelessness and housing.

Both parties seek to promote the health and well-being of the people of Southern Sonoma County through a partnership with a community-focused, regionally-based health system that is committed to making quality health care services to ensure its long-term viability as a hospital and its delivery of high-quality health care services to all. This purchase agreement will provide the best assurance that the residents of the District will receive continued, long-term access to acute care hospital services, including a 24/7 emergency room.

Since the purchase agreement would sell more than 50% of the District’s assets to an outside entity, voters must ratify the agreement between the Petaluma Health Care District and NorCal HealthConnect, LLC. Voters in the Petaluma Health Care District will have a choice as to whether or not to approve the transaction in the November 3, 2020 general election.

Yes. The emergency room will remain open 24/7 as part of the terms of the transaction.

Yes. All existing services offered by Petaluma Valley Hospital will remain intact for at least 20 years if the transaction is finalized. The only exception is OB-related services part of the Family Birthing Center, which will continue for at least 5 years if the transaction is finalized.

Yes. Kaiser-insured residents, like all residents, should go to the closest Emergency Room when experiencing a medical emergency. PVH serves as a resource for all residents of Southern Sonoma County, regardless of insurance coverage. If you are a Kaiser patient and live in southern Sonoma county, PVH is your local ER.

Yes. As part of the agreement, all employees of Petaluma Valley Hospital will have an opportunity to keep their jobs if the transaction is ultimately finalized. Similar opportunities will be made for physicians and other medical professionals working for the hospital as independent contractors.

The Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors will remain as is. The Board of Directors of NorCal HealthConnect, LLC will establish a new Community Board, which will allow Southern Sonoma County residents to have a voice and local representation on the Hospital’s activities and community affairs.

No. The transaction will result in no new taxes, and any future liabilities that may occur at the hospital will be the financial responsibility of NorCal HealthConnect, LLC, the purchaser of the hospital and its assets.

The Petaluma Health Care District and NorCal HealthConnect, LLC have approved the terms for a purchase agreement of the Hospital and its assets for $52.6 million. The voters must approve the purchase in the November 3, 2020 general election. If the ballot initiative, known as “Measure CC” passes, the purchase agreement will be executed, and the transaction will close on or before December 31, 2020.

About the Yes on Measure CC campaign

In the November 3, 2020 election, voters in the Petaluma Health Care District will be asked whether or not to approve an agreement to sell Petaluma Valley Hospital and its assets for $52.6 million dollars to NorCal HealthConnect, LLC, a secular (non-religious) affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As the campaign unfolds and through public informational meetings hosted by the Petaluma Health Care District, we’ve heard a variety of questions regarding the future of Petaluma Valley Hospital. Find answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions here.

Ad paid for by Yes on CC, Petaluma Citizens for Quality Healthcare, sponsored by Western HealthConnect and its affiliate, NorCal HealthConnect.

Committee major funding from Providence St. Joseph Health.