The Cambrian

Cambria Healthcare District plans two special workshops

North Coast health care trustees are hosting special workshop meetings Oct. 6 and 8 to introduce the health care district’s proposed strategic goals through 2018 and get public input on those objectives.

In other words, trustees want to be sure they’re including in the district’s future those services North Coast taxpayers want Cambria Community Healthcare District to provide.

Members of the public can hear about and comment on the district’s four overarching aims. The meetings  will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

The district provides services in a wide-spanning area from Villa Creek to the Santa Lucia Ridge to the Monterey County line (and beyond, under a contract with Monterey County). The district’s primary function is providing ambulance service within its area, but it also provides health care education and other services. 

District funds come from taxes, special assessments and ambulance fees.

The goals as proposed by the Alta Mesa Group consulting firm and refined by the trustees Tuesday, Sept. 22, included: Financial stability; community education; facility management and development; and “continuum of care” — exploring possible collaborations with other health care and medical organizations, such as Dignity Health, Tenet Healthcare, Community Health Centers and physician groups, to bring needed services, including urgent care, to the region as soon as practicable.

According to staff records, the district has so far paid the Alta Mesa Group $4,651 for its guidance on the goals.

The new goals are an expansion of three adopted by trustees in 2011, after a workshop led by Kathi Stanisford from Management Partners, consulting firm on that endeavor. 

For details on the district and the meetings, call 937-8304 or go to