LMCHD 2015 Interns Get Hands-On Experience

Pittsburg, CA—This summer 7 transitioning foster care young adults were given a rare opportunity to put their education to work in the real world by developing a diabetes awareness campaign. Over the course of 6 weeks, the group “Healthy Youth Council” created the ‘Impact Project: Impacting Our Community to Stop Diabetes.’ The Healthy Youth Council Read More »

California Lawmaker Renews Efforts for $2 Tobacco Tax Increase

On Wednesday, state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) renewed efforts to increase California’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack, theAP/Sacramento Bee reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/26). The current state tax on a pack of 20 cigarettes is 87 cents, plus a $1.01 federal tax (California Healthline, 5/5). In comparison, the average state tax is $1.60 per pack. Read More »

El Camino Hospital Recognized with 2015 Outstanding Treatment Provider Award

  El Camino Hospital announced it received the 2015 Outstanding Treatment Provider Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California Chapter. The Outstanding Treatment Provider Award was created by NAMI California to recognize excellence of care in behavioral health services. “This award is bestowed upon one healthcare organization for providing exemplary treatment and Read More »

E-smoke, tobacco bills on the move

Hang on to your hats, California smokers — a cyclone of tobacco legislation is blowing through the Golden State. Moves to crack down on electronic cigarettes, further regulate smokes in the workplace, raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 years old and create new tobacco taxes all won support from the Senate health Read More »

California’s SB 222: What a Statutory Lien Means for California Health Care Districts

By Jenna Magan and Thomas Mitchell New legislation (SB 222) was signed into law by Governor Brown on July 13, 2015 that will improve the security for California Health Care District General Obligation Bonds. The law will go into effect January 1, 2016. General obligation bonds are voter-approved long-term debt instruments which are secured by the legal Read More »

Special Session Gives New Life to Tobacco Bills

The legislative move to shift six tobacco-related bills to the special session on health care was a remarkable event in the California Legislature, basically circumventing the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, which had put up strong resistance to two of the bills. “It’s not every year we have a special session on health, so we’re Read More »

Petaluma Earns “HeartSafe Community” Designation

PETALUMA, Calif., June 17, 2015 – Petaluma Health Care District(PHCD) is pleased to announce that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Petaluma City Council have designated Petaluma a HeartSafe Community, formally celebrating PHCD’s efforts to address heart health education and provide life-saving CPR trainings to combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of hospital walls Read More »

Jerry Brown signs California vaccine bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed one of the strictest schoolchild vaccination laws in the country, eliminating personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccines. The governor’s signature came one day after the state Senate moved the bill to his desk, following months of protests and fierce debate at the Capitol. “The science is clear that Read More »

Tri-City Healthcare District Awards Community Grants

The Tri-City Healthcare District serves its community in many ways. In addition to providing medical care and wellness programs close to home, it has a tradition of giving back to the community through its annual community health grants. This year, 22 organizations received $475,000. Each year, the healthcare district’s board of directors allocates funds for Read More »

CA Senate sends mandatory vaccines bill to governor

After months of packed committee hearings and lengthy floor debates, California’s controversial mandatory vaccinations proposal finally heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. In a 24-14 concurrence vote, the state Senate on Monday accepted Assembly amendments to Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate California’s personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccinating schoolchildren, and sent the Read More »