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Sequoia Healthcare District

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Upcoming Event:

Fire Safety and Prevention Town Hall

Join us for a timely Town Hall meeting on Thursday, September 1st from 6-7 PM. The Bay Area hillsides, while beautiful, are an ideal environment for devastating wildfires.

In this community event, Fire Marshall Gareth Harris will address fire safety and prevention tips for your home and family. He will also discuss home hardening and defensible space, the buffer zone between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area.

Our Mission & Vision

Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to improving the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness through responsible stewardship of District taxpayer dollars.

Our Vision is for all District residents to experience optimal physical and mental health at every stage of life.

We strive to return to the community 100% of the net tax revenue within three years in health-related programs and services.

Making a Difference in our Community

Our district grants and programs directly benefit approximately 60,000 residents per year, or about one out of every 4.5 residents. At Sequoia Healthcare District we value innovation and creative solutions to addressing health issues. We have demonstrated that commitment not only by financially supporting great community health projects and outstanding service providers but by also developing and managing our own signature health programs.

residents served by our district dollars

RESIDENTS RECEIVING DENTAL AND CLINICAL SERVICES FROM OUR PARTNERS

residents receiving food assistance

CHILDREN SERVED BY OUR HEALTHY SCHOOLS INITIAVE PROGRAMS

SHD Board Meetings: Find dates & more information here

Announcements

SHD Museum Exhibit

Check out our limited time exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum. Now until mid-August at the lower level of the museum you can learn more about our 75 year history caring for our community’s health.

Vaccine Clinics

Fair Oaks Health Center in Redwood City is hosting a FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic every week for residents of San Mateo County. Register for an appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or visit www.smchealth.org for more information.

CPR Classes

SHD provides free CPR classes for in-district residents to learn Infant and Adult CPR. Get hands-on experience using the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique in a dynamic group environment.

Our Core Values: Sequoia CARES

Compassion

We demonstrate
care by the programs we provide and support

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Action

We act as catalysts for developing and implementing innovative and impactful programs

Respect

We give due regard for the rights of everyone and uphold the dignity all people deserve

Equity

We are committed to improving access to health and wellness services for all residents

Stewardship

We are diligent and ethical in our entrusted role with taxpayer funds

FAQs

When and why was Sequoia Healthcare District formed?

Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) was formed in 1946 and was the first healthcare district in California. Its existence was voted in by taxpayers in order to provide a local source of funding to support a community hospital—Sequoia Hospital—to address the growing community’s health needs.

Is the District still affiliated with Sequoia Hospital?

The District has a profit sharing (EBIDA) arrangement with Sequoia Hospital set to expire in 2046. In years that the hospital achieves a certain performance threshold, dollars are generated for the District. Also, the District operated Sequoia Hospital from 1950-1996 and is responsible for pension payments for employees from that period; however, that annual pension amount is reimbursed by the hospital.

What IS a healthcare district?

According to ACHD (Association of California Healthcare Districts), Healthcare Districts are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents throughout the state. They respond to the needs in their District by providing a range of services, which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services; as well as education and wellness programs.

What are the District’s geographical boundaries?

The District covers central and southern San Mateo County. Specifically this includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Redwood City, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside and portions of Menlo Park, Foster City and San Mateo.

How is the Sequoia Healthcare District funded?

The district receives a portion (1.3%) of annual property tax from the residential and commercial properties located within its boundaries. There are approximately 220,000 residents in this area.

Who oversees the District’s budget?

Each of California’s Healthcare Districts is governed by a locally elected Board of Directors who are directly accountable to the communities they serve. The District annual budget is approved each June by the Board of Directors and an annual audit is provided by a professional auditing firm. The District maintains reserves that can either be used for special allocations or to pay for administrative and overhead expenses. The District invests a portion of reserve funds in income generating instruments; however, government rules restricts such investments to a very conservative and “risk-free” investment strategy. As the District has adopted a policy of spending 100% of all current tax funds on community health projects, no current tax funds are used for administrative expenses.

SHD employs professional management staff responsible for the day to day administration of the organization.

Can the District sponsor my organization’s event?

SHD sponsors health and wellness activities and events that are designed to enhance the well-being of its residents. We support educational classes, workshops, seminars and other activities that encourage participation and promote wellness. Preference is given to activities and events that take place within the District’s geographical boundaries. As a general rule we do not sponsor fundraising events. Read our Board Policy No. 23 regarding the sponsorship guidelines.