Sonoma Valley Hospital

Seismic Support Letter Template

Please copy ‘n paste the content below as you follow the instructions at


Dear Senator Dodd and Assembly Member Levine,

I’m writing to ask for your help after I became aware of a state law that could have serious consequences for healthcare here where I live, in Sonoma Valley.

From what I understand, the law requires hospitals to upgrade ALL buildings so they can be fully operational following a major earthquake by 2030 – a requirement that would come at great cost to our community. 

What worries me after learning about this is that Sonoma Valley Hospital – my local hospital – will be hard-pressed to meet this requirement and it could put at risk the healthcare services that are deeply important to me.

For me and my family, I care most about these things when it comes to healthcare:

  • EXAMPLE 1 of your health needs or concerns (for instance, you might write: emergency services close to home
  • EXAMPLE 2 of your health needs or concerns (for instance, you might write: medical diagnostic and imaging services
  • EXAMPLE 3 of your health needs or concerns (for instance, you might write: inpatient acute care and elective surgeries

I’m concerned that if the hospital is forced to rebuild ancillary spaces and buildings that are not essential to providing any post-earthquake care to comply with this law, healthcare services that I rely on for everyday life will no longer be available in my community. 

A bill this year, SB 1339, if amended appropriately, could help Sonoma Valley Hospital, and others, preserve, improve, and enhance healthcare for my family and friends.

I hope you’ll consider revising the state’s hospital seismic law, so that healthcare can continue to be about the best way to serve people, safely. I ask you to actively support SB 1339 as a means of preserving access to healthcare in Sonoma Valley and other underserved areas of California.




cc: Honorable State Senator Pan, Chairperson, State Senate Health Committee

Emergency: Call 911707.935.5000347 Andrieux Street, Sonoma, CA 95476DirectionsContact
managing health conditions at home during a power outage - icon of elctric pole