SoHum Health Foundation’s mission is to support the health and wellness of the Southern Humboldt community. Now is our once in a lifetime opportunity to build a new, modern hospital in Garberville.
Our community hospital, Jerold Phelps, has been providing life-saving emergency and preventative health services to our rural community for 70 years. On January 1, 2030, new statewide seismic requirements will go into effect that Jerold Phelps Community Hospital will be unable to meet. If we are unable to construct a new hospital that meets these stringent earthquake requirements by 2030, we will have no choice but to close our doors. Southern Humboldt would lose the life-saving emergency medical services that our community relies upon and there would no longer be an emergency room for the 120-mile stretch of Highway 101 from Willits to Fortuna.
We are determined to not let this happen but we need your help to do so! Our vision is to relocate the existing emergency and acute care departments into a new hospital that would provide needed medical advancements to Southern Humboldt, meet changing seismic requirements, and minimize costs. The new campus will also include expansion and updates to our community clinic, laboratory, radiology, as well as provide space to grow and better serve patients. Once the hospital and clinic move to their new home, SoHum Health will be able to expand our much-needed Skilled Nursing unit. We operate the only Skilled Nursing Facility in Southern Humboldt and always have a waitlist.
It will cost $40 million to build a new, seismically-safe, modern hospital. A low-interest government-backed USDA loan is available for the construction costs. Now we need to raise the funds for the 10% down payment and show strong community support for the loan financing to be approved.
The exciting news is that SoHum Health has already purchased the site for our new hospital and with the generous donations and pledges we have received thus far, we are over half-way to our goal! Will you help ensure that every person in our community has access to high-quality emergency health services, right here at home?
If we have learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that we need more hospital beds going forward, not less. We must develop our own infrastructure to guarantee long-term sustainability. Your support at this critical time is more vital than ever. The future of Southern Humboldt depends on it.
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