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We all deserve access to timely modern healthcare delivery, but despite regular retrofitting and upgrades throughout the last half-century, the time has come for the ultimate upgrade: an entirely new building. State mandated seismic legislation was enacted to protect California’s hospitals and their patients from earthquake damage.

Our current hospital facility will be unable to meet seismic standards by the 2030 deadline, and so it will no longer be able to be utilized as an acute care hospital after that date. Without a replacement facility, the healthcare district would be forced to close its emergency and acute care services departments by the end of 2029.

The good news is that we are well on our way to making a new facility a reality. SoHum Health has purchased the CR site and classroom building on Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville. Our vision is to relocate the existing emergency and acute care departments into a new hospital building on the Sprowel Creek campus that meets licensing requirements and minimizes costs.

A Federal loan is available for most of the new hospital and clinic costs, but strong community financial support for the project is a loan requirement. Charitable donations from local residents and foundations will be required to secure this financing.

The SoHum Health Foundation and its volunteer leaders have organized a Capital Campaign to raise the down payment for the new facilities. They are currently soliciting philanthropic gifts from community leaders and grants from local charitable foundations and donor-advised funds. You can make a tax-deductible gift today, to invest in the future of healthcare in Southern Humboldt.

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