PD Article June 1 2015

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, June 1, 2015

 Palm Drive Health Care District looks to recast its role

  • By Martin Espinoza
    June 1, 2015

The district is hoping to broaden its mission beyond its traditional responsibility of running a hospital with an additional focus on prevention and wellness through partnerships with providers such as the West County Health Centers.

On Monday evening, the district board approved a budget for the next fiscal year that includes slightly more than $200,000 for projects that include in-home support services, wound care, reducing health care disparities along the Russian River and bolstering weekend medical and dental services.

District board members described the projects as a first step toward transforming the district into something more than just a hospital district. The district envisions a model similar to the Petaluma Health Care District, which supports both a hospital and numerous community health care prevention and wellness programs.

“It’s a monumental step for our district to partner with the successful agencies in the Russian River area,” said Marsha Sue Lustig, a member of the board.

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