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On Saturday, September 7, 2019 Fallbrook Regional Health District (FRHD) continued a long-standing practice of providing free prostate cancer screening to the men living in Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow.  For more than 20 years, Board Certified Urologist Dr. Philip Brodak of Tri-Valley Urology has volunteered his services, providing digital exams.  This year his associate, Dr. Benjamin Larson, Board Certified Urologist provided the exam portion of the screening.    Sixty-eight men participated in the screening, thirty-four speaking English and thirty-four speaking Spanish.  Including exam and lab, there were eleven abnormal results or a total of sixteen percent.  Early detection and follow-up care provide the best outcomes.  Tri-Valley Urology or Fallbrook Family Health Center will contact those with abnormal results. Results are provided to all participants and they are also encouraged to share the results with their physician or other healthcare provider.    As with many FRHD sponsored events, this screening was a collaborative effort.  Credentialed staff at Fallbrook Family Health Center facilitated blood draws for PSA tests that were processed by Quest Diagnostics and paid for by FRHD.  The event is facilitated by Fallbrook Regional Health District, held at Fallbrook Family Health Center and supported by volunteers from California State University, San Marcos nursing students, former Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary volunteers, and staff from both Fallbrook Family Health Center and Fallbrook Regional Health District.   “Our mission is to promote health for the people of the District” said Executive Director Rachel Mason.  “This event is just one of the many ways FRHD endeavors to meet that goal.”
November 1, 2019. Fallbrook Regional Health District Board Chairman Re-elected to Association of California Healthcare Districts. Howard Salmon has served on the Fallbrook Regional Health District Board of Directors since 2014.  He was first elected Chairman of the Association of California Healthcare Districts’ (ACHD) Board of Directors in September 2017 and was elected as Chairman of Fallbrook Regional Health District in December 2018.  Howard has vast experience serving the health care industry and during his tenure assisted with the difficult process of closing the failing Fallbrook Hospital (when Community Health Systems ended their lease) and was instrumental in identifying the property on E. Mission Road as an ideal future location from which the District will further serve the health and wellbeing of the community.   ACHD announced new officers elected during the organization’s 67th Annual Meeting in La Jolla, CA from October 9-11, 2019. The Board of Directors Officers are: Chair Howard Salmon, Fallbrook Regional Health District; Vice Chair Harry Weis, Tahoe Forest Health System; Secretary Michelle Bholat, M.D., Beach Cities Health District, Treasurer Karin Hennings, Del Puerto Health Care District; and Member At-Large Linda Rubin, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District. The elected officers will lead ACHD’s work in enhancing public awareness of Healthcare Districts’ role in Californians’ health; training and educating ACHD members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians.
FALLBROOK, Calif. (April 23, 2019) Fallbrook Regional Health District today announced that Rachel Mason will be the new Executive Director of the public agency.  Ms. Mason comes to FRHD after nearly four years as the executive director for Fallbrook’s Foundation for Senior Care.  The Board of Directors made the determination earlier this month, following a recruitment, interview and selection process which attracted applicants from across the country.    “We are delighted to welcome Rachel aboard, and look forward to working with her to develop and maintain the new Wellness Center, as well as other health-related initiatives for our community,” Board President Howard Salmon noted. “We were fortunate to be able to select candidates from a broad spectrum of talent levels, and to interview several well-qualified candidates throughout this process,” Salmon added.    In addition to her tenure at the Foundation for Senior Care, Mason brings with her substantial experience with grant-writing in the healthcare arena, a skill which Salmon identified as a highly desirable factor in the selection process.    The Board will consider a multi-year employment agreement at its upcoming regular board meeting on May 8th.  Ms. Mason is expected to commence her new role for the District later next month, on May 20th.   Fallbrook Regional Health District is organized and existing under the Health & Safety Code.  It serves the health and wellness needs of the unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow, as well as a portion of the De Luz community located in San Diego County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Fallbrook Regional Health District announces the departure of its Chief Executive Officer, Bobbi A. Palmer, who has served in the leadership role of the District since December 2015.  Ms. Palmer leaves the District following two major District milestones, the sale of the former Hospital Campus, and the acquisition of property on East Mission which will house the future District Wellness Center. Her separation is occurring a year into her multi-year employment agreement. Under the terms of the arrangement, which takes formal effect January 7, 2019, Palmer will receive her contractual severance, and the parties will each receive other consideration.  “The Board appreciates Bobbi’s leadership following the closure of Fallbrook Hospital, her efforts to raise the profile of the District within the community, and her vision for the creation of a future District Wellness center,” noted newly-appointed Board President Howard Salmon.   “Elements of her vision will continue as that property is developed into a hub of activity for our community. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,”  The separation takes effect on January 7, 2019, and the Board will begin the search for a successor immediately thereafter.”
Fallbrook Regional Health District Honors Outgoing Board Members  Chief Abbott, President Tinker Recognized for Faithful Public Service FALLBROOK, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2018) ---- Fallbrook Regional Health District recognized the faithful service of outgoing board members Stephen Abbott and Gordon Tinker in a recent regular board meeting, both of whom will be replaced by newly-elected members Jennifer Jeffries and Karen Schwartz-Frates. Member Howard Salmon was also re-elected. “Public service is a noble endeavor and we shall miss the faithful efforts of both board President Tinker and member Abbott on behalf of the public,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “And we look forward to working with our new members Jeffries and Schwartz-Frates.” Abbott, who also serves as fire chief to the North County Fire Protection District, was elected to the board from 2010 to 2018.  He was recently recognized by Senator Joel Anderson as one of Fallbrook’s California heroes, having shown his commitment to public safety with excellent leadership and unrivaled enthusiasm.  Tinker has been elected to the board since 2006. He is a retired U.S. Navy Commander after having served for more than 20 years.   In addition, he served as General Manager of the Fallbrook Public Utility District for nearly 19 years “It’s hard to imagine the board without either of these wise voices,” Palmer said. “They’ve been a steady force during recent years of transition.” During their tenure, the district has evolved from providing hospital services to providing community-health and wellness services. As recently as 2014, the now-closed Fallbrook Hospital was managed under a 30-year lease agreement by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The company closed the hospital’s labor and delivery department in September 2014 and by November, shuttered the emergency and intensive-care departments.  A three-year aggressive nationwide search led to several offers falling through as the District spent $200,000 annually to maintain the empty facility. Then in 2017, the first solid offer came through from Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. to purchase the facility. Both Abbott and Tinker were instrumental in the successful sale, which allowed the District to purchase and open the Fallbrook Regional Health District Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road.  Since then, the District has purchased and opened the Fallbrook Regional Health District Wellness Center at 1636 E. Mission Road, which is already hosting health screening events and classes, such as yoga for seniors. “Thanks to their leadership, we’re back to offering the community quality health screenings and wellness classes under one roof,” Palmer said. “We wish them both well and thank them greatly for their service.” Learn more about the future Fallbrook Wellness Center at www.fallbrookhealth.org.  # # # ABOUT FALLBROOK REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $2 million collected in property taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Honors Outgoing Board Members  Chief Abbott, President Tinker Recognized for Faithful Public Service FALLBROOK, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2018) ---- Fallbrook Regional Health District recognized the faithful service of outgoing board members Stephen Abbott and Gordon Tinker in a recent regular board meeting, both of whom will be replaced by newly-elected members Jennifer Jeffries and Karen Schwartz-Frates. Member Howard Salmon was also re-elected. “Public service is a noble endeavor and we shall miss the faithful efforts of both board President Tinker and member Abbott on behalf of the public,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “And we look forward to working with our new members Jeffries and Schwartz-Frates.” Abbott, who also serves as fire chief to the North County Fire Protection District, was elected to the board from 2010 to 2018.  He was recently recognized by Senator Joel Anderson as one of Fallbrook’s California heroes, having shown his commitment to public safety with excellent leadership and unrivaled enthusiasm.  Tinker has been elected to the board since 2006. He is a retired U.S. Navy Commander after having served for more than 20 years.   In addition, he served as General Manager of the Fallbrook Public Utility District for nearly 19 years “It’s hard to imagine the board without either of these wise voices,” Palmer said. “They’ve been a steady force during recent years of transition.” During their tenure, the district has evolved from providing hospital services to providing community-health and wellness services. As recently as 2014, the now-closed Fallbrook Hospital was managed under a 30-year lease agreement by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The company closed the hospital’s labor and delivery department in September 2014 and by November, shuttered the emergency and intensive-care departments.  A three-year aggressive nationwide search led to several offers falling through as the District spent $200,000 annually to maintain the empty facility. Then in 2017, the first solid offer came through from Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. to purchase the facility. Both Abbott and Tinker were instrumental in the successful sale, which allowed the District to purchase and open the Fallbrook Regional Health District Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road.  Since then, the District has purchased and opened the Fallbrook Regional Health District Wellness Center at 1636 E. Mission Road, which is already hosting health screening events and classes, such as yoga for seniors. “Thanks to their leadership, we’re back to offering the community quality health screenings and wellness classes under one roof,” Palmer said. “We wish them both well and thank them greatly for their service.” Learn more about the future Fallbrook Wellness Center at www.fallbrookhealth.org.  # # # ABOUT FALLBROOK REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $2 million collected in property taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
Public Invited to Health Fair, Backpack Giveaway at Future Fallbrook Wellness Center FALLBROOK, Calif. (August 17, 2018) ---- Fallbrook Regional Health District invites the public to join in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the future home of the Fallbrook Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The ceremony commences at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. The groundbreaking will include members of the District Board of Directors, state and local dignitaries, and District community leaders who will assist in turning the first shovels of dirt, kicking off the remodeling of the facility. Officials will also plant an avocado tree to mark the occasion. “We’re eager to get our hands dirty and start transforming this facility into the jewel of wellness for people of all ages,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. Learn more about the groundbreaking at www.fallbrookhealth.org. Earlier at the site, the public will be treated to a Wellness Fair beginning at 10 a.m., including free health screenings, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, petting zoo, yoga and a backpack give away to the first 50 children in attendance. The District Board of Directors approved the purchase of the facility earlier in 2018 for $1.8 million, an investment to serve the community as an indoor-outdoor health educational center. The center will house several organizations, including the Fallbrook Food Pantry and the Foundation for Senior Care, which will be hosting a ribbon cutting and a citrus basket exchange with the District following the groundbreaking ceremony. “This is a day to celebrate all the great relationships coming together for the betterment of our District,” Palmer said. “We’re so blessed to have such gifted and dedicated professionals and volunteers alike.” Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. The September 5 activities schedule includes: •         10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wellness Fair •         4 p.m.: Groundbreaking Ceremony •         4:30 p.m.: Ribbon cutting with the Fallbrook Food Pantry •         5 p.m.: Citrus basket exchange with the Foundation for Senior Care
# # # ABOUT FALLBROOK REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
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Fallbrook Regional Health District Grows Affordable Public Health Services by 15% for Low and Fixed Income Populations District Board Also Approves A-Plus Urgent Care Extended Hours Contract FALLBROOK, Calif. (June 18, 2018) ---- Fallbrook Regional Health District board at the regular board meeting on June 13 approved $910,416 in affordable public health service contracts for 16 applicant agencies providing 20 health-related programs. The approved public-private partnership contracts accounts for a 15 percent increase in publicly-available health services over last year. The no-cost health services will benefit about 75,000 low- and fixed-income patients facing the area's top health concerns, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, as well as behavioral health and food insecurity.   Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. The contract awarding process changed up some this year. The Fallbrook Regional Health District Health Contracts Program awarded public funds to organizations that have or will create a program or service that: 1) will provide the District’s residents with preventative health services; 2) will complement the District’s future Wellness Center Program; and 3) aligns with the vision of becoming a Blue Zones community the year 2022. “We’re stepping up our preventative health game this year through our public-private partnership contracts in an advantageous way that we believe will best serve our district,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “By supporting health services that complement our future Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center and align with us becoming a Blue Zone, we will transform into a community that actively supports living longer, healthier lives. That’s the ultimate goal of our health district.” For fiscal year 2018-2019, the Fallbrook Regional Health District awarded community health contracts to the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of North County for the Triple Play and Summer Water Safety programs ($45,990); Community Health Systems, Inc. for Integrated Women’s Health Services ($105,000); Fallbrook Citizens Crime Prevention Committee for GANAS Mentoring Program ($10,500); Fallbrook Food Pantry for Preventing Hunger in the Greater Fallbrook Area ($125,600); Foundation for Senior Care for Senior Care Advocacy Program, Senior Transportation Services, Door-Through-Door, Hospital to Home, and Respite Support at the Adult Day Care program ($219,527); Fallbrook Land Conservancy for Expanding Community Wellness Walking Resources ($10,000); Fallbrook Senior Center Service Club for Fallbrook Senior Center Home-Delivered Meals Program for Home-Bound Seniors ($78,750); Fallbrook Smiles Project ($75,075); Fallbrook Union High School District for Fallbrook High School Wellness Center ($20,000); Healthy Adventures Foundation for Fallbrook Community Wellness ($9,450); Jeremiah’s Ranch for Jeremiah’s Ranch Support
Group ($15,487); Mental Health Systems for Fallbrook Youth Advocacy Coalition ($9,711); Michelle’s Place, Breast Cancer Resource Center for Breast Health Assistance ($25,200); Palomar Family Counseling Service for Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Early Childhood Success ($82,950); REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program for Behavioral Health & Wellness Therapy Program ($68,250); and UCSD EyeMobile for Children for EyeMobile for Children at UC San Diego/ Shiley Eye Institute ($8,925). In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District directly operates health programs including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, Community Resources Directory, Healthcare Heroes, Woman of Wellness (WOW), Wellness Walks and North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative. The Fallbrook Regional Health District also has provided financial support for urgent care services over the last 3 years and during the June board meeting, the health district directors approved the extension of the A-Plus Urgent Care Extended Hours contract services at $10,000 a month until Dec. 31, 2018. # # # ABOUT FALLBROOK REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $1 million annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as extended hour urgent care. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
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Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Wellness Center Tours Residents Invited to Learn about Living Longer, Healthier Lives in ‘Blue Zones’ Program  FALLBROOK, Calif. (May 8, 2018) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District invites the community to tour the newly-acquired $1.8 million Wellness Center on May 22 and May 23, 1636 E. Mission Road, and learn about living longer, healthier lives through the new ‘Blue Zones’ concept. Along with viewing the 8,000 square foot former church facility across 4.6 acres, residents will get to meet ‘Blue Zones’ officials who, at a recent board meeting, the organization explained the concept of creating longevity hot spots. Key stakeholders will also be invited for deep dive sessions with officials on May 24. “The Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center promises to be a gathering place for residents that love eating right, digging in the garden, hitting the walking trails and putting family first,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “The values of ‘Blue Zones’ merges together both the needs of preventative care with emotional well-being and lifestyle balance. It’s a great fit for our way of life.” On Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m., residents will hear how the Blue Zone can help improve well-being for all individuals.  On Wednesday, May 23, residents are invited to a day-long program beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a community transformation presentation learning about how the Blue Zone Project transforms communities and measures results, focus groups with residents from community policy, worksites, faith-based and school perspectives, and finally concluding with a Wine @ 5 casual reception.  RSVP for the various activities here: http://go.bluezonesproject.com/FallbrookRegional  “As with all things, good health requires balance,” Palmer said. “Living a quality life means making time for learning, engaging and relaxing. That’s why we’re so excited to transform our community and share how the Blue Zone project will make life even better for so many.” Born of site visits to the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City, Palmer and the district board envision the Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center to be an interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom building health families and a healthy environment through science-based approaches, including organic gardening and cooking classes. On April 23, the Fallbrook Regional Health District began issuing Requests for Proposals to assist in the demolition and renovation of the property. The district is actively pursuing proposals from more than three dozen architects, contractors and engineers in and around San Diego County. Learn more about the construction Requests for Proposals at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Closes on $1.8M Wellness Center Health District Inviting Residents to Tour New Property May 22-24 to Learn About Programs FALLBROOK, Calif. (April 23, 2018) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District learned it closed on a new $1.8 million facility which will be renovated to deliver quality wellness services and programs to improve the lives of residents throughout the district. Residents are invited to tour the new property during three days of open houses from May 22 to May 24 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Along with viewing the 8,000 square foot former church facility across 4.6 acres at 1636 E. Mission Road, residents will get to meet officials with the progressive lifestyle concept called “Blue Zones.” At a recent board meeting, the organization explained how “Blue Zones” helps communities create longevity hot spots. “The Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center will offer the community a place to expand upon their healthy living options through diet, exercise and other prevention opportunities,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “Part of those opportunities now includes creating a Blue Zone in Fallbrook to live longer, healthier lives.” The new wellness center was purchased as a result of selling the former Fallbrook Hospital, an acute-care facility which had failed to profit past healthcare management companies. Born of site visits to the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City, Palmer and the district board envision a interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom to build health families and a healthy environment through science-based approaches including organic gardening and cooking classes. “We dream of a time when area residents can come to the Fallbrook Wellness Center to grow and pick their own food, then prepare and eat it,” Palmer said. “We’re working with the Boys and Girls Club of North County, partnerships with the Fallbrook Senior Center as well as local schools and veteran organizations. We want this to be the community’s wellness center.” On April 23, the Fallbrook Regional Health District began issuing Requests for Proposals to assist in the demolition and renovation of the property. The district is actively pursuing proposals from more than three dozen architects, contractors and engineers in and around San Diego County. “Our project is an opportunity to support the local economy and we intend to involve as much area talent as possible,” Palmer said. “We encourage local firms to submit packages.” Learn more about the construction Requests for Proposals at www.fallbrookhealth.org. The Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Hopes to Help Residents Live Longer Health District Hearing Presentation on the Concept of ‘Blue Zones’ at April 11 Board Meeting FALLBROOK, Calif. (March 26, 2018) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District hopes to help residents live longer through a progressive lifestyle concept called “Blue Zones.” At the April 11 board meeting, officials with Blue Zones Project will share how they help communities create longevity hot spots. The Fallbrook Regional Health District board meeting takes place at 6 p.m., April 11 at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 East Mission Road in Fallbrook. Residents are invited to hear the presentation at 5 p.m. Blue Zones Project presenters will include Market President Michael Acker, Senior Vice President Steve Sachtleben and Senior Operations Manager Erika Graves. “As the local health leaders, we’re always looking for ways to extend our motto of Food is Medicine, Exercise is Medicine,” said CEO Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “Blue Zones absolutely fits within our mission and makes a world of sense in terms of helping people living longer, more fulfilling lives.” The concept of “Blue Zones” grew out of the demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain outlined in the Journal of Experimental Gerontology, identifying Sardinia as the region of the world with the highest concentration of male centenarians. Pes and Poulain drew concentric blue circles on the map highlighting these villages of extreme longevity and began to refer to this area inside the circle as the “Blue Zone.” Building on that demographic work, Dan Buettner pinpointed other longevity hot spots around the world and dubbed them “Blue Zones.” Blue Zones® is now a trademark of Blue Zones, LLC, and reflects the lifestyle and the environment of the world’s longest-lived people. Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered five places in the world – dubbed “Blue Zones” – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. “We’re most fascinated with this effort because, as Dan explains in one of his TEDTalks, there’s nine relatively simple daily habits that helps people live longer,” Palmer said. “By adopting a Blue Zones lifestyle, the average person’s life expectancy could increase by up to 12 years. Just imagine more Americans living into their 90s largely without chronic disease.” Those nine daily habits have been dubbed the Power 9 by the Blue Zones Project. Research shows genetics only accounts for 20 percent life expectancy. The longest living people seemingly live by similar principles: 1) Move Naturally - rather than gyms and marathons, these people do their own gardening, house and yard work; 2) Purpose - waking up each day with purpose and worth; 3) Down Shift - routinely shed stress through prayer, naps or social activities; 4) 80% Rule - eating only until 80% full and saving the smallest meal for the last of the day; 5) Plant Slant - beans are the cornerstone to Blue Zone diets while pork and other meats are eaten more
infrequently; 6) Wine @ 5 - daily, moderate drinks with food and friends; 7) Belong - faith plays an important role; 8) Loved Ones First - families are most important, as is keeping family close by; and 9) Right Tribe - choosing social networks that support healthy behaviors. “We’re excited to hear from the Blue Zones Project officials on how the Fallbrook Regional Health District can be making these daily habits a reality for our community,” Palmer said. The Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Purchasing Land District Enters into Escrow on Property Connecting the Vision of ‘Health Under One Roof’ FALLBROOK, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2017) -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐ On December 22, the Fallbrook Regional Health District officially entered into escrow to purchase land a wellness center. The district board held a special meeting to discuss the purchase of land in the district on December 1. “We’re excited at the prospect to once again provide direct health services, screenings and preventative health care under one roof,” said Bobbi Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “This new facility will put into motion the District’s mission of preventing the preventable through our Exercise is Medicine and Food is Medicine initiatives.” As the project gets underway, the Fallbrook Regional Health District will be discussing plans and goals with community members, schools, businesses and elected leaders. Ad-­‐hoc Fallbrook Wellness Advisory Committee is forming to provide community oversight for the effort. Interested committee members may get more information by calling the district office at (760) 731-­‐9187. Purchase of the 4.6-­‐acre campus for the future wellness center is made possible following the October 2017 sale of the former Fallbrook Hospital to private for-­‐profit Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. The $4.5 million sale has allowed Crestwood to begin transforming the vacant 50-­‐year-­‐old building at 624 East Elder into the Fallbrook Healing Center to deliver behavioral medicine and rehabilitation therapy later this year. The former Fallbrook Hospital closed in November 2014 after soliciting proposals from more than 10 health systems in the region. Several more proposals and offers fell through in the years following as the Fallbrook Regional Health District spent about $200,000 a year on basic maintenance and security of the building. The Fallbrook Hospital was last managed under a 30-­‐year lease agreement by Tennessee-­‐based Community Health Systems. The company closed the hospital’s labor and delivery department in September 2014 and announced it planned to shutter emergency and intensive care departments in November of that year. CHS reported to shareholders it lost nearly $6 million operating Fallbrook Hospital in 2013 alone. The Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low-­‐ and fixed-­‐income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-­‐approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. # # # ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low-­‐ and fixed-­‐income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-­‐approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services
addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Considers Land Purchase District Located Investment to Address Health Disparities Through Prevention, Wellness Services FALLBROOK, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2017) ---- On December 1, the Fallbrook Regional Health District held a special meeting to discuss the purchase of land in the district. The board met in closed session to discuss the matter and had no actions to report out to the public.  “We believe we’ve located a great investment for our community that would help us further address health disparities through preventative medicine and wellness,” said Bobbi Palmer, Executive Director of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “Through this purchase, we could offer the community direct services in a variety of areas under one roof.” Initial discussions about the funding of the investment includes the possibility of a public-private partnership, such that would help bring a variety of resources and services to the community while stretching the public’s dollar. In October, the Fallbrook Regional Health District sold the former Fallbrook Hospital to private for-profit Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. The $4.5 million sale will allow Crestwood to transform the vacant building at 624 East Elder into the Fallbrook Healing Center to deliver behavioral medicine and rehabilitation therapy.  The 50-year-old Fallbrook Hospital closed in November 2014 after soliciting proposals from more than 10 health systems in the region. Several more proposals and offers fell through in the years following as the Fallbrook Regional Health District spent about $200,000 a year on basic maintenance and security of the building.  The Fallbrook Hospital was last managed under a 30-year lease agreement by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The company closed the hospital’s labor and delivery department in September 2014 and announced it planned to shutter emergency and intensive care departments in November of that year. CHS reported to shareholders it lost nearly $6 million operating Fallbrook Hospital in 2013 alone. The project plans to break ground in the coming months and open in 2018.                                                         The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have support about 300 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted more than $3.5 million in health services benefiting the public. # # # ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District
Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
Fallbrook Hospital $4.5M Sale Closes Escrow Fallbrook Regional Health District Sells Closed Facility to Crestwood Behavioral Health FALLBROOK, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2017) ---- On September 29, the Fallbrook Regional Health District received confirmation of escrow closing on the $4.5 million sale of the closed Fallbrook Hospital to Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. The new owners will break ground soon on renovations to reopen as the Fallbrook Healing Center. After nearly three years of searching for a buyer, Crestwood opted to buy the facility that will take patients through county health department referrals. On May 10, the health district board voted unanimously to sell the vacant building at 624 East Elder to Crestwood and ratified the sale at a special meeting on July 28 with an intended close of escrow on July 31. However, the health district was notified by the County of San Diego that the property required resolution of a lot line adjustment and a 1989 lien agreement before close of escrow.  “The Fallbrook Healing Center will revitalize that building and bring much-needed health care services to our community,” said board President Gordon Tinker. “We’re excited to work with Crestwood and their exceptional team on the next steps, which will mean investment and added jobs in our community.” The close of escrow comes after several regular and special board meetings where more than 300 residents shared feedback with the district board on the sale of the public property. Board members tabled the item at its July 12 regular meeting to do more fact-finding, including personal tours of Crestwood facilities, to address questions raised by the community. The 50-year-old Fallbrook Hospital closed in November 2014 after soliciting proposals from more than 10 health systems in the region. Several more proposals and offers fell through in the years following as the Fallbrook Regional Health District spent about $200,000 a year on basic maintenance and security of the building.  The Fallbrook Hospital was last managed under a 30-year lease agreement by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The company closed the hospital’s labor and delivery department in September 2014 and announced it planned to shutter emergency and intensive care departments in November of that year. CHS reported to shareholders it lost nearly $6 million operating Fallbrook Hospital in 2013 alone. Fallbrook’s situation is not unique. Since 2010, a report found that at least 82 rural hospitals have closed across the country with another 700 at risk of closure.  “The board served the Fallbrook Regional Health District and its constituency with the utmost integrity throughout this long, trying process,” said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer, MBA, MSW. “Their superb and steadfast leadership ultimately paved the way to reduce barriers to quality health care and cut district costs which allow us to support 35 percent more community health needs for our residents.”
The 100-bed Fallbrook Health Center will bring 108 full-time permanent positions and another 10 part-time positions in addition to the immediate construction jobs. Crestwood has committed at least $2 million for the construction project, though company representatives said it could cost the company up to $4 million. “We are delighted to be the newest member of the Fallbrook community,” said Executive Vice President Patty Blum, Ph.D., of Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. “Today is an exciting and monumental day. This was a long and important community discussion and the result will be to preserve the provision of healthcare at the Fallbrook Hospital site while providing much need behavioral health services.” The project plans to break ground in the coming months and open in 2018.                                                         The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have support about 300 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted more than $3.5 million in health services benefiting the public. # # # ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.  Contact:   Erica Holloway Galvanized Strategies, on behalf of Fallbrook Healthcare District (619) 796-1651 Erica@galvanizedstrategies.com  ABOUT Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc.  Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. is proud to be California’s leading provider of mental health services, assisting thousands of clients from across the state. Our focus is on creating strong relationships with counties in which we both have a financial commitment, providing the services which are tailored to meet our clients’ specific needs, and reinforcing a common set of values that guide our practices and policies.  Learn more at www.crestwoodbehavioralhealth.com.  Contact:   Larry Kamer Kamer Consulting Group, on behalf of Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. (415) 290-7240 lkamer@kamergroup.com
Fallbrook Regional Health District Vice President to Chair State Healthcare Association Howard Salmon Appointed to Association of California Healthcare Districts Board FALLBROOK, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2017) ---- Board Vice President Howard Salmon, MHA, FACHE, of the Fallbrook Regional Health District has been appointed board chair of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). The ACHD represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s healthcare districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow healthcare districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. “It is an honor to be elected Chairman of the Association of California Healthcare Districts Board,” Salmon said. “District boards are publicly elected to address the unique health needs of their residents.  “ACHD supports and advocates for healthcare districts as they provide services to meet their communities’ specific health requirements,” Salmon continued. ”I look forward to continuing to help move ACHD in a new and positive direction.” Salmon’s career in healthcare includes tenures as a hospital CEO, a healthcare executive and management consultant. Salmon received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is certified in that field. He and his wife, Leslie, moved to Fallbrook in 2011. They have two children and five grandchildren. “We’re delighted to see Howard represent Fallbrook Regional Health District at the statewide level,” said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer. “It lends us a broader, birds-eye view of the challenges facing community-based health as we continue to innovate locally to address our health disparities.” For a full list of Directors on the ACHD Board, click here. Fallbrook Regional Health District voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have support about 300 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted more than $3.5 million in health services benefiting the public. # # # ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   From:  	Fallbrook Regional Health District 	138 S. Brandon Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P.O. Box 2587, Fallbrook, CA  92088  Contact:	Bobbi Palmer, Executive Director 	Office:	(760) 731-9187	Fax: (760) 731-9131 	bpalmer@fallbrookhealth.org  Date:	September 25, 2017  Re:	SDRMA President’s Special Acknowledgement Award Presented to  	Fallbrook Regional Health District 2017-18   Fallbrook, CA – The Fallbrook Regional Health District received the “President’s Special Acknowledgement Award” from the Special District Risk Management Authority (SDRMA) to formally acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the Fallbrook Regional Health District’s Governing Body, management and staff towards proactive risk management and loss prevention training.  The Award is to recognize members with no “paid” claims during the prior five consecutive program years in SDRMA’s Property/Liability Program.  It is through the efforts of members such as Fallbrook Regional Health District that SDRMA has been able to continue providing affordable property/liability coverage to over 500 public agencies throughout California.  In addition to this recognition, members with no “paid” claims during 2016-2017 earned Credit Incentive Points (CIPS) reducing their annual contribution amount and members with no “paid” claims for the prior 5 consecutive program years earned additional bonus CIPS.  Special District Risk Management Authority is a public agency formed under California Government Code Section 6500 et seq. and has provided a full-service risk management program for California’s local governments for over 30 years.  ######
Fallbrook Regional Health District Presents on Website Compliance at Healthcare Conference Executive Director Bobbi Palmer Addresses Peers at Annual Meeting in San Diego FALLBROOK, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District presented before peers statewide on website compliance at the Association of California Healthcare Districts 65th Annual Meeting held recently at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego. The lunch session addressed the various public information access points the district undertakes to make available through its website at www.fallbrookhealth.org. Led by Executive Director Bobbi Palmer, along with Administrative Assistant Linda Bannerman and the district’s website contractor, Sloane Dell’Orto of Streamline, they covered various pressing legal requirements mandated by various laws. “Websites today must make access to information as easy as possible for the public,” Palmer said. “Our website allows citizens to make public records act requests, they can view all our financial reports and they have access to our meeting agendas and minutes.” A bill expected to be signed this year and enacted in 2018, AB 1728, applies specifically to health care districts, some of which do not have websites or enough legally-required information readily available to the public. “Fallbrook Regional Health District is proud to lead the charge on being as open and compliant as possible,” Palmer said. “We hope our presentation provided our health district peers with valuable information to create a higher standard of public information access across California.” This year’s Annual Meeting of Association of California Healthcare Districts focused on preparing health care districts for the challenges ahead and the role of Districts in the face of change. For the first time, the Annual Meeting kicked off with a Women’s Leadership Breakfast featuring Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, Former state Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway and moderator Michelle Bholat, M.D., of Beach Cities Health District. Palmer headed up the effort to bring together this panel of women leaders in the hopes of spurring more involvement and discussion among women in the industry. “It’s an exciting time to see more women in the health industry and particularly, women of color rising through the ranks,” Palmer said. “Even though the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that women make up 78 percent of the health care industry, we represent just 21 percent in
executive roles. Hopefully, this annual breakfast will serve as an inspiration to women and men in our industry to expand our leadership diversity.” The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefiting the public.
Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Two Community Forums on Public Meeting Space, Urgent Care Services Residents Invited to Fallbrook Library at 1:30 p.m. on September 27 and 28 FALLBROOK, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District, which recently voted unanimously to sell the former Fallbrook Hospital, will host two separate community forums to discuss potential uses for public meeting space and an open dialog about urgent care services. The community forum on public meeting space will take place on Wednesday, September 27 followed by the urgent care services community forum on Thursday, September 28. Both meetings will happen from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road. For more information on the community forums, please contact pknox@fallbrookhealth.org. “During our recent public meetings on the sale of the former hospital, two questions often came up: Can the district create a public meeting space? and Can we expand urgent care services beyond what’s already being provided?” said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer. “The Fallbrook Regional Health District wants these two community forums to serve as open dialog to revisit both topics and allow us drill down to some more specifics.” On September 27, district staff will lead discussions around some possible uses already mentioned at public meetings including, health center activities, non-profit business meetings, computer lab and support groups. “The Fallbrook Regional Health District agrees the community could benefit from more public meeting space,” Palmer said. “We welcome any and all ideas on how to best serve our residents.” While the September 28 meeting will focus on any improvements or expansion upon urgent care services in the Fallbrook Regional Health District area. Currently, local urgent care services available at A+ Urgent Care, Fallbrook Medical Center/ Urgent Car and Fallbrook Family Health Center include: complete laboratory services, electrocardiograms, primary care for adults and children, preventative and restorative dental care for adults and children, minor surgical procedures, prenatal and maternal services, health education, teen counseling, child health and disability program, optometry and well baby and well child exams. “Our urgent care clinics accept virtually all programs and even offer sliding-fee scale for those without coverage,” Palmer said. “Patients care ranges from preventative care and prenatal to even electrocardiograms and sprains. We want nothing but the best for our community and welcome ideas to improve our urgent care services.”
Press Release 09 27-28 2017 Community Forums.pdf

 

 

Fallbrook Regional Health District Grows Affordable Public Health Services by 35% for Low and Fixed Income Populations Slicing $200K in Operational Costs Boosts Programs for 75,000 in North County FALLBROOK, Calif. (June 15, 2017) ---- Fallbrook Regional Health District board at the regular board meeting on June 14 approved $858,712.35 in affordable public health services for 16 applicant agencies providing 21 programs, accounting for a 35 percent increase - or $224,413 more - in public health services over last year.  The no-cost health services will benefit about 75,000 low- and fixed-income patients facing the area's top health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and hypertension. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, low-income patients and underserved populations.  Since the closure of the Fallbrook Hospital, the district carried about $200,000 in annual costs to maintain the building as it sought a buyer. With the sale of the property to Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. to build the Fallbrook Healing Center, the district could offer greater health service coverage for the district’s communities of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. "In addition to combating our top health concerns, Fallbrook Regional Health District identified through local emergency calls that our citizens experience a high rate of falls, which is the leading cause of death through injury to Americans over 65," said Bobbi Palmer, Executive Director of Fallbrook Regional Health District.  “Through coordinated efforts with our health and emergency partners, we now refer fall victims for in-home assessments upon first incident to reduce risk of catastrophic injury,” Palmer continued. “To support those fall and trip assessments, as well as physical activity needs, the District stepped up with greater support this year to our senior and disabled service providers to better serve our community.” In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District directly operates health programs including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, Community Resources Directory, Healthcare Heroes, Woman of Wellness (WOW) , Wellness Walks and North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative. For fiscal year 2017-2018, the Fallbrook Regional Health District awarded community health contracts to the following organizations: Boys & Girls Club of North County: Summer water safety for 125 youth ($10,000); Boys & Girls Club of North County: Triple Play designed to support youth health, stress management and positive relationships ($40,000); Fallbrook Citizens Crime Prevention Committee: GANAS Mentoring Program ($10,000); Fallbrook Family Health Center: Management of chronic illness for behavioral health patients ($100,000); Fallbrook Food Pantry: Meal provisions serving 500 families weekly ($72,000); Fallbrook Senior Center: Mobility and Exercise Program combating falls, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease ($12,600); Fallbrook Senior Center: Senior Nutrition - Home Delivered Meal serving up to 70 seniors ($75,000); Fallbrook Smiles Project: Celebrate Health program providing dental and health screenings, plus service
resource connections ($71,500); Foundation for Senior Care: Care Advocacy Program provides referrals and home visits for seniors and the disabled on fall prevention, health, financial security and housing transitional needs ($59,838); Foundation for Senior Care: Care Van & Expanded Rides offer free transportation for medical visits, physical therapy, groceries and other errand needs ($68,773); Foundation for Senior Care: Door Through Door Hospital to Home bridges post-hospital stay care ($50,919); Foundation for Senior Care: Respite Support at the Adult Day Care provides support to caregiving and client with emphasis on local health disparities, trip or fall incidents, and use of emergency services ($29,583); Healthy Adventures: Fallbrook Community Center Wellness Project offers La Paloma Elementary School students cooking, gardening and nutrition programs ($9,000); Jeremiah's Ranch: Jeremiah’s Ranch Support Group for disabled families ($14,750), Live Oak Park Coalition: Health Improvement Project for ADA Requirements ($40,000);  Mental Health Systems - North Inland Community Prevention Program: Fallbrook Youth Advocacy Coalition reducing use and abuse of drugs and alcohol ($9,249); Michelle's Place: Breast Health Assistance Program offers early detection diagnostic services, surgical consultations, and treatment and recovery support ($24,000); Palomar Family Counseling: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds provides behavior health services for Fallbrook Street and Maie Ellis elementary schools ($75,000); REINS: Behavioral Health & Wellness Therapy ($65,000); Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego: Trauma Intervention Programs ($9,000); and UCSD Eye Mobile for Children: Screenings, exams and eye care for low-income children ($8,500).  The Fallbrook Healthcare District also has provided financial support for urgent care services over the last 2 years.
Press Release 06 15 2017 Fallbrook Regional Health District Grows Affordable...pdf

 

 Fallbrook Regional Health District Votes to Sell Former Hospital for $4.5M

New Behavioral Health Facility an Estimated $2M Construction Project

Fallbrook Regional Health District Votes to Sell Former Hospital for $4.5M New Behavioral Health Facility an Estimated $2M Construction Project FALLBROOK, Calif. (May 15, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District board voted unanimously to sell the former Fallbrook Hospital at 624 E. Elder Street for $4.5 million to Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. during its regular board meeting on May 10. The vote followed the second of two consecutive town halls where residents were invited to share feedback with the district board on the sale of the public property. The roughly 25 residents in attendance heard a lengthy presentation from Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc., which submitted a bid through real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield. The 100-bed facility will bring 108 full-time permanent positions and another 10 part-time positions in addition to the immediate construction jobs. Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. has committed at least $2 million for the construction project, though company representatives said it could cost the company up to $4 million. “After a two and half year search, we finally found the right fit for this property,” said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer. “This facility will bring much-needed behavioral health resources to the community, as well as jobs and a multi-million rejuvenation for that community asset.” The facility will offer long-term treatment and care on a closed campus for adults struggling with mental health illnesses combined with other factors, including alcohol and drug addiction. Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. is a for-profit company that operates 19 locations statewide. Board director Stephen Abbott said before voting, “I think this is the highest and best use of this asset. It’s good for Fallbrook; it’s good for the surrounding communities.” The project plans to break ground later this year. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefiting the public.
Press Release 05 16 2017 FRHD Votes to Sell Former Hospital for $4.5M.pdf

 

Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Second Town Hall Meeting at Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Fallbrook Public Utility District

Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosted Town Hall More Than 100 Residents Attended Meeting to Hear About Future Plans FALLBROOK, Calif. (April 14, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District hosted the first of two consecutive town halls during a regular board meeting on Wednesday, April 12 drawing more than 100 interested residents to hear about future plans for community health. The District Board of Directors sought public feedback on the sale of public land at 624 E. Elder Street, formerly operating as the Fallbrook Hospital and its annex buildings. The District intends to identify suitable medical services to address identified local health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and hypertension. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations.  Since 2000, the district community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefiting the public. With a largely 55-plus population, many District contracts support senior programs offering transportation, health screenings and education as well as nutritious food options, including those delivered to the home.  "Fallbrook residents take community involvement to a whole new level," said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “We were delighted with the town hall turnout and high interest in the fact sheets, annual report and other data points, which are also available on our website.” www.fallbrookhealth.org Other health contracts support underserved families and youth by offering dental and eye exams, access to a local food pantry, disability support and mental and behavioral health services. In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District directly operates health programs including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, Fallbrook Community Healthcare Resource Directory, Healthcare Hero, monthly Woman of Wellness (WOW) program, North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative and Wellness Walks that are held monthly. The second town hall will take place at 6 p.m. on May 10 at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road in Fallbrook.
Press Release 04 28 2017 Town Hall Meeting #2 May 10th.pdf

 

Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosted Town Hall

More Than 100 Residents Attended Meeting to Hear About Future Plans
Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosted Town Hall More Than 100 Residents Attended Meeting to Hear About Future Plans FALLBROOK, Calif. (April 14, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District hosted the first of two consecutive town halls during a regular board meeting on Wednesday, April 12 drawing more than 100 interested residents to hear about future plans for community health. The District Board of Directors sought public feedback on the sale of public land at 624 E. Elder Street, formerly operating as the Fallbrook Hospital and its annex buildings. The District intends to identify suitable medical services to address identified local health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and hypertension. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations.  Since 2000, the district community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefiting the public. With a largely 55-plus population, many District contracts support senior programs offering transportation, health screenings and education as well as nutritious food options, including those delivered to the home.  "Fallbrook residents take community involvement to a whole new level," said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “We were delighted with the town hall turnout and high interest in the fact sheets, annual report and other data points, which are also available on our website.” www.fallbrookhealth.org Other health contracts support underserved families and youth by offering dental and eye exams, access to a local food pantry, disability support and mental and behavioral health services. In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District directly operates health programs including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, Fallbrook Community Healthcare Resource Directory, Healthcare Hero, monthly Woman of Wellness (WOW) program, North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative and Wellness Walks that are held monthly.
The second town hall will take place at 6 p.m. on May 10 at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road in Fallbrook.
Press Release 04 14 2017 FRHD Hosted Town Hall Meeting #1 April 12th.pdf

Fallbrook Regional Health District and Property Taxes

Fallbrook Regional Health District and Property Taxes Many residents have questions and misperceptions regarding the funding of Special Districts through property taxes. In an effort to clarify the matter, the following is a brief history followed by answers to most commonly asked questions. Fallbrook (Hospital) Healthcare District was a government entity operating under the Local Health Care District Law. In, 1950, the residents of the area voted to establish, build and operate Fall brook Hospital. In 1971, the hospital was enlarged to a 4 7-bed capacity. In November 1998, the hospital was leased under a 30-year agreement to Community Health Systems (CHS). In July of 2015 the hospital officially closed as it was no longer financially viable and the services could not be sustained. Q. If the District is dissolved, will our property taxes be reduced? A. No. You will continue to pay the same amount of property tax. Q. Why do I not see the health district listed on my property tax bill? A. It is included in the 1 % Rate that is shared by many local governments. The 1 % rate generates most of the revenue from the property tax bill - roughly $43 billion in 2010-11. On a typical property tax bill, however, the 1 percent rate is listed as the general tax levy or countywide rate with no indication as to which local governments receive the revenue or for what purpose the funds are used. In general, county auditors allocate revenue from the 1 percent rate to a variety of local governments within the county pursuant to a series of complex state statutes. (Go to our website at fallbrookhealth.org to the link to the LAOs website that has more detailed information).
Q. What happens to the revenue if the District is dissolved? A. It will be reallocated and distributed to another local government receiving revenue from the 1 % Rate. The following is a chart which demonstrates the allocation of Ad Valorem Property Tax Revenue. Most Ad Valorem Property Tax Revenue Is Allocated to Schools and Counties. See 2010-11 pie chart. As a percentage of total revenue from the 1 percent rate and voter-approved debt rates. Redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2012. Successor agencies will continue to use property tax revenue to pay former agencies' debts and obligations. The members of the Fallbrook Regional Health District Board of Directors are your elected officials. If you value having input into which health and wellness services you believe are most needed in your community, the next Town Hall/Board meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m. at the Fallbrook Public Utility District. ###
News Release 04 14 2017 Fallbrook Regional Health District and property taxes.pdf

Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Town Hall Meeting at Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Fallbrook Public Utility District

Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Town Hall Board Meeting Set to Discuss Sale, Uses of District Property FALLBROOK, Calif. (March 13, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District will host a town hall during a regular board meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road. The District Board of Directors seeks public feedback on the sale of public land at 624 E. Elder Street, formerly operating as the Fallbrook Hospital and its annex buildings. The building is an asset to our communities and the District is seeking feedback from taxpayers to identify potential uses. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, those with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the District community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefitting the public. With a largely 55-plus population, many District contracts support senior programs offering transportation, health screenings and education as well as nutritious food options, including those delivered to the home. "Last year, our full health assessment of 57,000 area residents helped us to better align contractual services with top wellness threats," said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “We also assessed area 911 call data and noticed a high rate of falls, which is the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older. Through contracts, the District boosted funding for in-home fall prevention assessments and mobility-improvement exercise programs.” Other health contracts support underserved families and youth by offering dental and eye exams, access to a local food pantry, disability support and mental and behavioral health services. In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District collaboratively operates health programs including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative and an annual Prostate Cancer Screening. In addition, the District created and maintains the Fallbrook Community Resources Directory, sponsored the Healthcare Heroes program, and facilitates the Woman of Wellness (WOW) Program, Wellness Walks and participates in other community events.
Town Hall Meeting 04 12 2017.pdf

 

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ACHD Press Release.pdf