Napa, Calif. (June 2, 2020) – Providence St. Joseph Health, and affiliated facilities in Northern
California—including Petaluma Valley Hospital, Redwood Memorial
Hospital (Fortuna), Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital
(Eureka) and Queen of the Valley Medical Center (Napa)—recently
Annual Report to our Communities.
This report highlights how the organization has invested in the community
by focusing on upstream health. In Northern California, our hospitals
chose the following focus areas because they are the foundations to health
and well-being and represent needs that are integral to improving quality of life.
Housing and homelessness: St. Joseph Health understand there is a vital intersection between healthcare
and housing and believes both are basic human rights. Finding manageable
pathways to permanent housing requires comprehensive reform and a serious
commitment from private and public sector entities to pool talent and
resources. By partnering with local organizations and agencies, Queen
of the Valley Medical Center’s
CARE Network is helping clients, many of whom are homeless, access medical care and
Health Access: Health care is about ensuring equity of care for everyone by providing
access to a suite of social and health services. Access to healthcare
impacts one's overall physical, social, and mental health status and
quality of life. In a changing landscape, St. Joseph Health has formed
intentional partnerships and made targeted investments that improve care
outside of hospitals. For example, in Humboldt County, St. Joseph Health
joined forces with other community organizations to increase access to
substance use treatment for pregnant women. By providing a dedicated navigator, and
enhancing the screening process, we are shepherding patients through care
and providing a shoulder to lean on.
Mental Health and Well-Being: There are unique challenges to addressing mental health and substance
use disorders in every community. By partnering with local organizations
that understand the landscape and needs of the community, we are part
of a coordinated ecosystem that supports fostering optimal mental health.
When we became aware that anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues were
becoming more prevalent among younger populations in Sonoma County, St.
Joseph Health collaborated with local partners and school personnel to
launch a pilot of the revamped
Healthy for Life program that incorporates mindfulness and resilience techniques.
“We use data collected from our community health needs assessment
to prioritize high-need populations. Across the counties we serve, we
are working to address a homelessness and housing insecurity challenge
that has reached crisis proportions and access to physical and mental
health services,” said Kevin Klockenga, Regional Chief Executive
for St. Joseph Health, Northern California.
“Our investments aim to target the root causes of systemic issues.
With community voice, public health expertise, and data guiding our investments
we are improving the social and economic factors that contribute to healthier
communities and better health outcomes,” said Dana Codron, Executive
Director of Community Health Investment, St. Joseph Health, Northern California.
This report also highlights the organization’s 2019 community health
investment. St. Joseph Health contributed $65 million in community benefit
investments in Humboldt, Napa and Sonoma Counties. These investments include
the costs of uncompensated care for Medicaid, free or low-cost care, and
many other programs and initiatives focused on improving the health of
our communities, increasing access to care and making care more affordable.
These intentional investments make it possible for people to live their
healthiest lives and allow our communities to reinvest in other vital
programs. Caring for our communities has never been more important. To
see the community investment by state, visit the
Annual Report to our Communities website
to view regional reports.