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Dating back to 1949, healthcare services have been available at the current site of Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District (SHCHD) in Garberville, California. SHCHD currently includes:

  1. Jerold Phelps Community Hospital with its attached skilled nursing unit;
  2. Southern Humboldt Community Clinic, a certified rural health clinic;
  3. and the Family Resource Center

Our service area is approximately 775 square miles and includes the communities of Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Garberville, Harris, Honeydew, Miranda, Meyers Flat, Leggett, Petrolia, Phillipsville, Piercy, Redcrest, Redway, Shelter Cover, Weott, Whitethorn, and Zenia. This service area has a population of about 10,365 full-time residents that can grow to over 30,000 during summer months. With strong community support, including a supplemental property tax, SHCHD continues its work to assure quality healthcare for residents and visitors alike.

The hospital received Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation status in March 2002, helping position SHCHD for a more sustainable future.

Direct services include an acute care hospital, 24/7 emergency room, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mammography, x-ray, home health/visiting nurse program, swing-bed, visiting specialists, skilled nursing, a rural health clinic and the Family Resource Center.