Health Care District Information
Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) is a 51-bed, full-service acute care district hospital located in the city of Sonoma, California, and serving a population of 42,000 residing in the Sonoma Valley Health Care District. SVH is the sole local provider of acute inpatient care and offers a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient services with an ICU, surgical services and outpatient clinical testing and treatment. In 2018, the hospital announced affiliation with UCSF Health.
In recent years, the hospital has undergone extensive renovation including completing seismic structural upgrades and opening a new wing with a modern Emergency Department and Surgery Center. In 2019, the hospital began work on a new Outpatient Diagnostic Center which, when completed, will contain a state-of-the-art CT scanner and MRI. The hospital is fully accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), meeting national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
The atmosphere of our hospital is like the atmosphere of Sonoma. We are a warm, comfortable place of healing, known for our compassionate staff and for our dedication to the needs and expectations of our community. Our services address a broad spectrum of healthcare needs which are increasingly offered on an outpatient basis.
FINANCING AND SUPPORT
As part of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District, the hospital is supported primarily by revenues from services, augmented by taxpayer support in the form of a parcel tax, charitable bequests and donations. The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation play an integral role in our fundraising efforts.
In November 2009, the community passed Measure P, which granted a $35 million GO bond to enable Sonoma Valley Hospital to renovate and retrofit the facility to the state standards mandated for compliance by 2013.
Health Care Relationships and Affiliations
Sonoma Valley Hospital works closely with many healthcare providers to provide patients with a seamless continuum of care. We are affiliated with UCSF Health, the top-rated medical center in California and one of the top five hospitals in the nation according to U. S. News & World Report. This affiliation strives to improve healthcare for Sonoma Valley residents by combining the specialized expertise and resources of UCSF Health with the community care focus of SVH.
We also maintain service agreements with other hospitals and healthcare providers in the region including Prima Medical Foundation, Meritage Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, St Joseph’s Heath, California Pacific Medical Center, and Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.
Prima Medical Group
The Prima Medical Group is a separate, non-profit, physician corporation that employs physicians through Professional Services Agreements. The Group has a 1206(L) Foundation Structure and employs over 40 physicians, with 10 different specialties in Marin and Sonoma Counties. The Sonoma Prima office is part of the Prima Medical Group.
The major reason for the Sonoma Prima office and the participation of the Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) in the Prima Medical Group has been to provide a cost-effective means to recruit and retain physicians in Sonoma. SVH has a funding agreement with the Prima Medical Foundation to support the Sonoma office. Physicians are paid based on worked RVU’s. Currently, the Sonoma Prima office employs an Orthopedic Surgeon, 3 Primary Care Physicians, and a Pediatrician.
The Prima Medical Group Board has accountability and oversight and the general member is Marin General Hospital (MGH.) The Sonoma Valley District CEO meets monthly with the Prima Sonoma physician leader to systematically review the monthly financials and physician practices.
1206(B) Physician Clinic
The Sonoma Valley District in 2016 formed a 1206(B) Physician Clinic to provide another option for the recruitment and retention of physicians in Sonoma. Currently, this Clinic employs one General/Colorectal surgeon who operates out of the Hospital’s timeshare space on Napa Street
Meritage Medical Network
Meritage Medical Network (MMN) is a network of 700 primary care and specialist physicians in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. Sonoma Valley Hospital participates with MMN and Marin General Hospital to provide a Western Health Advantage HMO product in the Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Valley Hospital also participates with MMN and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to provide the SCAN Medicare Advantage HMO product in the Sonoma Valley.
MMN (originally known as Marin IPA) was formed in 1981 to organize the physicians of Marin County, California into an Individual Practice Association (IPA) that could accept HMO insurance risk contracts. Currently, MMN has relationships with eight hospitals in its service area, including Sonoma Valley Hospital.
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See the most current version of the Health Care District Law from the Association of California Health Care Districts.
The Association of California Healthcare Districts cites the California Health and Safety Code definition of a District as: “Healthcare Districts are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents throughout the state. They respond to the needs in their District by providing a range of services which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services as well as education and wellness programs. Each of California’s Healthcare Districts is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who are directly accountable to the communities they serve.” The Code gives wide latitude to Districts for the services which may be provided to meet the needs of the community.
Since its inception in 1946, the Sonoma Valley Health Care District has served the healthcare needs of Sonoma Valley residents. The District opened a new hospital in 1957 which has been extensively updated and expanded over the years, and remains on the original site in downtown Sonoma.
The hospital also has provided the resources and management necessary for many non-hospital health services for the community, including:
- A Skilled Nursing Facility
- An Outpatient Physical and Speech Rehabilitation facility
- An Occupational Health service for employers
- A Physician and Surgeon recruiting program to ensure community access to health care professionals.
- Healthcare educational programs for the community
ANNUAL COMPENSATION REPORT
The Sonoma Valley Health Care District’s annual compensation report is sent to the State Controller’s office. It can be viewed on the State Controllers Website using the following link: http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/SpecialDistricts/SpecialDistrict.aspx?fiscalyear=2012&entityid=1589
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