SONOMA COUNTY: Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Hospital District, Bond Measure
Sonoma County voters gave a resounding "yes" to public ownership of Palm Drive Hospital, as 91% voted in favor of creating a hospital district and authorizing bonds to purchase and remodel the facility. The county Board of Supervisors is now working to establish a public board to oversee the 58-year-old hospital. Supervisors will appoint the first board, but subsequent members will be elected. County and hospital officials are working to transform the "bed model" hospital to a larger facility with a 24-hour emergency room, diagnostic services, such as lab tests, sonograms and mammographies and outpatient services, including chemotherapy treatment. The Board of Supervisors aims to issue a $5.9 million bond to begin hospital financing within the next 90-120 days (Rose, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, 4/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.