When the nonprofit Watsonville Community Hospital was sold in September 1998, a new era in healthcare was launched in the Pajaro Valley along the borders of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties. Proceeds from the hospital’s sale created the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Health Trust) – the first locally-governed 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare foundation in the Pajaro Valley.

Our mission, then as now, is to improve the quality of life and health for all residents of our community.

We embrace a comprehensive definition of health that includes mental, physical and emotional well-being, not simply the absence of disease or injury. We envision a community where all people have the knowledge and resources they need to live healthier lives and individuals can access culturally responsive care.

Our funds support local organizations that give those in greatest need the tools to live healthier, more productive lives, through both improved access to healthcare services and education in healthier lifestyles to prevent diseases in the future.

CORE VALUES:

Respect
Involvement
Integrity
Financial Stewardship
Racial and Economic Equality

OPERATING PRINCIPLES:

Cultural Responsiveness
Leadership
Impact
Collaboration
Courage in Issue Debate
Innovation