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An Interactive History of SoHum Health
Getting down to business
Dr. Loewen hires Roy Schmonk as clinic business administrator.
Building the future
Dr. Jerold Phelps joins practice with Dr. Loewen.
A new name
Dr. Loewen returns to training to become an orthopedic surgeon and sells the Garberville General Hospital to Dr. J. Phelps and R. Schmunk. The hospital name is changed to Southern Humboldt Community Hospital.
Adding more capacity
Dr. Jack Pearson joins the medical staff.
Expansion and growth
Construction begins on a new addition to the hospital financed with money from the community and a small business loan.
Expanding the medical team
Dr. Bill Hunter joins the medical staff.
Voters approve a $1.35 million revenue bond to create a Hospital District.
A new name
Hospital officially becomes the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital District.
Like father like son
Dr. Mark Phelps joins his father and Dr. Robert Whitaker as practitioners at the Garberville Medical Center.
Changes and remodeling
Birthing room is added, and the emergency room is remodeled.
Voters approve a parcel assessment tax to help improve the financial stability of the hospital.
Another new team member
Dr. Huang joins the medical staff.
A new initiaitve
The swing-bed program for short term convalescent care and rehabilitation is initiated.
Mammography is here
Mammography service is begun at the hospital.
The team grows yet again
Dr. Ron Hood joins the medical staff.
Skilled nursing launched
State approves addition of an 8 bed distinct-part skilled nursing facility.
Partnering for the future
Hospital District enters into ECH/PCH grant program with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fortuna.
The evolving District
Hospital assumes management to Southern Humboldt Community Clinic. State changes Hospital District name to Healthcare District. Dr. Mark Tong joins the medical staff.