Concord / Pleasant Hill Health Care District
The Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District was reorganized as a subsidiary of the City of Concord in August 2012, and continues to serve the cities of Concord and Pleasant Hill. In September, 2013, the Concord City Council Sitting as the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District adopted Resolution Number 13-007 to formally change the name to Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District.
About the District
The Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District, previously known as the Concord Hospital District and now known as the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District, (CPHHCD), was formed in 1948, with voters approving the District formation and a special parcel tax to build the Mt. Diablo Medical Center. CPHHCD is funded primarily by property tax revenues (ad valorem). When initially formed, the District's boundaries included:
- The cities of:
- Clayton (portions)
- Lafayette (portions)
- Pleasant Hill (portions)
- The unincorporated communities of:
Community Benefit Agreement
In 1996, District voters approved a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) the CPPHCD and John Muir Medical Center (John Muir Health). Under the terms of the CBA, CPHHCD transferred all rights and title in the Mt. Diablo Medical Center to John Muir Health, including land, buildings and equipment, in exchange for certain assurances regarding healthcare services and funding to be provided within the District.
John Muir Health
Under the CBA, John Muir Health is required to operate and maintain the Mt. Diablo Medical Center for the benefit of the communities served by the District. John Muir is also required to contribute One Million Dollars per year to a Community Benefit Corporation, known as the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund (CHF), to provide monetary funding to programs and events that address health issues and promote a healthy community. Pursuant to the CBA, John Muir Health is also required to provide $25,000 per year to CPHHCD for administrative activities.
John Muir Health Board
The CBA is effective until December 31, 2049, and may automatically renew for three additional successive 50-year terms unless terminated in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Under the existing bylaws of the CHF, five members of the CHF Board are appointed by John Muir Health and the remaining five members are appointed by the CPHHCD Board of Directors.
Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission
In 2011, the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (Contra Costa LAFCO) proceeded with a special study relating to governance options for the CPHHCD. Thereafter, LAFCO encouraged the City of Concord to apply to convert the CPHHCD into a subsidiary district governed by the City.
The Commission noted that the advantages associated with a reorganization included:
- Continued existence of CPHHCD as a health care district and separate legal entity in order to preserve the provisions contained in the Community Benefit Agreement
- Ongoing allocation of property tax revenues directed at meeting the health care needs of the community
Application & Operation Plan Proposal
In April 2012, the City submitted an application and operational plan, proposing the establishment of CPHHCD as a subsidiary district of the City of Concord, with the Concord City Council serving as the CPHHCD Board. On August 8, 2012, Contra Costa LAFCO approved reorganization of the Mt. Diablo Healthcare District, authorizing the Concord City Council as the ex officio Board of Directors to continue to provide health care services pursuant to the Health and Safety Code throughout the District's new jurisdictional boundary comprising the exterior boundaries of the cities of Concord and Pleasant Hill that are currently within the CPHHCD, including unincorporated islands and pockets within the respective cities' boundaries.
The CPHHCD Board has appointed five Concord residents to the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District Grant Committee to make annual funding recommendations for the ongoing allocation of property tax revenues directed at meeting the health care needs of the community. Two Pleasant Hill residents were appointed to the Grant Committee by the Pleasant Hill City Council.
The Board also appointed Edi Birsan and Dominic Aliano, City of Concord council members, and Carolyn Fong to serve on the Community Health Fund Board. They will join two representatives of Pleasant Hill and five members from John Muir Health. These representatives will review and provide recommendations for monetary funding provided by John Muir to programs and events that address health issues and promote a healthy community.
Actions requested of the CPHHCD are included on City Council meeting agendas as necessary under "City Council sitting as the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District."
Applications for the Funding Cycle
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 to 2021 funding cycle for the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2017 by 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted. The following are links for applying:
- Application Packet (PDF)
- Evaluation Criteria (PDF)
- Fiscal Year 2017 to 2018 Funding (PDF)
- Instructions on how to apply (PDF)