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SoHum Health Foundation


Our member spotlight is now on the SoHum Health Foundation

We’re feeling the love this month as we shine our spotlight on the SoHum Health Foundation.  Reinstated in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the foundation grants funds to enhance and support the health services that the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District provides.

The Foundation is currently spearheading the capital campaign to build a new hospital for our region by raising $4M towards a down payment for a $40M USDA building loan.  The new facility will meet changing earthquake requirements, minimize costs, and provide much-needed medical advancements to Southern Humboldt.  The new campus will include expansion and updates to our community clinic, laboratory, radiology (which includes CT, X-ray and the addition of ultrasound), as well as provide space to grow with our plan to expand the skilled nursing unit at the current location.

It’s a lofty goal and the Foundation has received remarkable support from the community thus far.  The property for the new hospital has already been purchased, and the Foundation has raised donations and pledges from employees, businesses, other foundations, and community members.  They now have just under $800,000 left to raise to meet their goal.  You can pledge your support at www.sohumhealthfoundation.org/give

The SoHum Health Foundation works diligently to save and improve lives in our area through their support of our hospital and our skilled nursing facility.  Jerold Phelps Community Hospital fills a vital need in our community.  They are the only hospital between Willits to the south and Fortuna to the north. In emergencies, when seconds matter, the hospital saves lives and can get people to the right place when they need specialized care.  The hospital adds nearly 100 good-paying jobs, increases property values and has been instrumental in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community by providing rapid testing and leading the local vaccination effort.  All of these benefits contribute to making Southern Humboldt a more attractive place for people to start businesses, raise their families, and lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Here’s what a few of our residents have to say:

“From a business standpoint, I don’t know what we would do without the hospital.  Both for the guest’s safety and for the employee’s safety and workers’ comp.  Because we’re a 24-hour business, so we have to have those services available.”  –John Porter, Benbow Inn

“When you live all your life in one place, you know that there are certain institutions that just really make your life better.  And that’s the way that the Garberville hospital has been for me and my family.” –Kym Kemp, Redheaded Blackbelt









Southern Humboldt Chamber Of Commerce

782 Redwood Drive / PO Box 445
Garberville, CA 95542

Phone: (707) 923-2613


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