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Pajaro Valley Health Care District 2024
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PVHCDHC Finance Committee MeetingsApril 23, 2024 9:00

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PVHCDHC & PVHCD Board MeetingsApril 24, 2024 9:00

Counties officially certify Measure N win.

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District (PVHCD) board authorized the issuance of a general obligation bond, which was put before voters on the March 5, 2024 ballot. On April 2, the Monterey County and Santa Cruz County election departments officially certified that the measure passed, with 68.04% of voters approving the measure.

We are humbled by the level of support we have received from so many volunteers, community leaders and donors who helped pass Measure N. But more than anything, we are grateful to the voters of the Pajaro Valley Health Care District for believing in your hospital.

The $116 million bond program will be used to improve the quality of healthcare at Watsonville Community Hospital; expand and renovate the emergency room; upgrade imaging systems including X-rays, MRI and CT scanners; replace aging roofs and plumbing; and purchase the hospital property to save approximately $3 million a year on rent that can then be used to modernize the facility and expand services.

Funding will not happen immediately. Following the formal approval of the election results by the PVHCD board at its April meeting, the bond process will begin shortly thereafter, and the earliest some initial funds may be available is estimated to be about the end of 2024 or early 2025.

We are excited to continue working collaboratively with our community to ensure everyone’s hard-earned dollars are spent in the best possible way to deliver the highest quality healthcare to our community.

Welcome to the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District

We are here to ensure that the health care needs of the people of the Pajaro Valley are being met, and that the communities we serve have access to high-quality, sustainable health care services. Our primary purpose is to provide public oversight of Watsonville Community Hospital, which has been providing critical healthcare services to the community for more than a century.


District Board

Next Meeting: November 29, 5:30pm

Hospital Board

Next Meeting: November 29, 5pm

Hospital Finance Committee

Next Meeting: October 24, 12pm (Cancelled)

Hospital Strategic Planning & Marketing Committee

Next Meeting: TBD

Hospital Employee Engagement Committee

Next Meeting: December 13, 4pm

Hospital Quality & Patient Safety Committee

Next Meeting: November 15, 12pm

For past meeting minutes and video recordings, please go to the Meetings page.

PVHCDHC Notice of Intention to Adopt a Conflict of Interest Code

PVHCD Notice of Intention to Adopt a Conflict of Interest Code

We are fortunate to have four dedicated members of our community who have stepped up to provide oversight and accountability of health district operations. They currently serve on both the district board and hospital board.

Vacant position.

PVHCD is accepting applications to fill this seat by appointment of the board.

Former Board Chair, John Friel

In Memoriam

The Pajaro Valley Health Care District (PVHCD) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its esteemed chairman, John Friel. Friel resigned from his board position effective March 19, 2024. He passed away peacefully on March 21 surrounded by family.

“This is a big loss for our organization and our hearts go out to John’s family,” said Stephen Gray, Watsonville Community Hospital and PVHCD CEO. “It’s difficult to express the amount of gratitude we all feel toward John. When the county asked him to lead the district, following its inception in 2022, John didn’t hesitate. He could have just decided to enjoy his retirement, but that’s not John Friel. He brought more than 50 years of experience as a nurse and as a healthcare executive to get the district off the ground, and ensure its financial stability and long-term sustainability. His committment to our community never waivered.”

Friel was a steadfast advocate for patients throughout his adult life, beginning as a licensed vocational nurse, then a registered nurse, serving both in hospitals as well as two years with the nursing corps at Travis Airforce Base, where he worked with wounded patients coming in from Vietnam. He carried that conviction of helping people into his many leadership roles at several hospitals across California, and ultimately at Watsonville Community Hospital, when he became CEO in 1991. Friel helped secure FEMA funding with the help of Senator Diane Feinstein to build Watsonville Community Hospital’s current facility following the 1989 earthquake. Friel’s extensive healthcare experience and his servant leadership style helped launch the Pajaro Valley Health Care District and return the hospital to non-profit community ownership.

The Board Room at Watsonville Community Hospital on March 19 was dedicated to Friel during a small gathering with his friends and family. Friel joined virtually from home.

District board member Jose Antonio (Tony) Nuñez was voted into the chairman position at the board’s February 28 meeting and will chair his first meeting of the board on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 5 p.m. in the Community Room at 85 Nielson St., Watsonville.

Watsonville Community Hospital

Pajaro Valley Health Care District Hospital Corporation