Annual Periodic Evaluation and Quality Assurance Review FY 2017
By Barbara Truitt,
Southern Humboldt Community Health Care District (SHCHD) is located in Garberville California, SHCHD serves a diverse population of Southern Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity County residents. The area supports a large rural area of 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.
In addition to the local community, the hospital and clinic serves a number of tourists traveling through the area. SHCHD is comprised of the Jerold Phelps Community Hospital, the Southern Humboldt Community Clinic which is a certified rural health clinic and the Family Resource Center.
Jerold Phelps Community Hospital is a small Critical Access hospital licensed for nine acute care beds which can alternately serve as a Swing Bed Program for orthopedic rehabilitation or any patient who may need a longer recovery period from a surgical procedure or an illness. Jerold Phelps Community Hospital also encompasses a Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) with 8 licensed beds. Jerold Phelps Community Hospital operates a stand by Emergency Department (ED) with four patient care beds and an Emergency Department Physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Radiology and laboratory services are available 24 hours a day seven days a week through the Emergency department as well as on an outpatient basis either through the clinic or upon presentation of an order from a provider-patient relationship during business hours. SHCHD does not offer specialty services but does transfer patients from the ED and/or the acute beds if a patient should need a higher level of care. Referrals can be made through the ED as well as through the Rural Health Clinic for any number of services not offered through the District.
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Barbara Truitt, Former Foundation Director and Outreach Dept, Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District