Ramona Faith of Petaluma Health Care District wins Women in Business award
With a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Chico State University, Ramona Faith began a career of caring as a medical surgical nurse. After years of service there, she added a Masters of Science in Nursing from Sonoma State University to her educational portfolio and eventually began 25 years in various executive positions in health care including becoming CEO of the Petaluma Health Care District.
It’s from that career vantage point that Faith, a fourth-generation resident of Petaluma, has overseen outreach to improve the health of the community, from educating residents to choose healthy foods to CPR training.
“I’m very proud of where we are today with a quality local hospital and measurable success stemming from our community health initiatives and programs.”
She predicts health care at the community level in the future will mean people receiving more medical assistance and information in schools and community centers. Telemedicine will grow as well use of nurse practitioners, and “robots will be the norm.”
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Professional background: I started my nursing career at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. as a medical surgical nurse, and eventually pursued oncology, serving as an oncology nurse specialist. I continued my nursing career at Petaluma Valley Hospital, and over the past 25 years, I have served in various executive leadership positions in the areas of hospital operations, patient care services, quality management and patient safety, education, and community health. I have served as the chief nursing officer and administrator for Petaluma Valley Hospital, executive director of patient care services and nursing quality at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, and as an executive health care consultant. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College, Dominican University and Sonoma State University. I joined the Petaluma Health Care District as CEO in April 2011.
Education: bachelor of science in nursing, Chico State University, 1977; master of science in nursing, Sonoma State University, 1997
As a fourth-generation resident who has had the opportunity to serve my beloved community, I am passionate about my work. The Petaluma Health Care District is a public agency and special district focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Southern Sonoma County residents. We own Petaluma Valley Hospital and currently lease hospital operations to St. Joseph Health.
Our community health work has expanded significantly over the past few years through the spearheading of local initiatives that address social determinants of health, including advocacy, funding and program development for universal access to preschool and academic achievement, healthy food and physical activity, mental and behavioral health services, and CPR training and heart health education. I believe that a healthy community requires a holistic approach, and I’m very proud of where we are today with a quality local hospital and measurable success stemming from our community health initiatives and programs.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
We have propelled Petaluma Health Care District into a leading position locally, county-wide and state-wide with regard to health and wellness strategies, advocacy, policies, education and programing — including recognition from the California Department of Health Care Services out of our state’s capitol, declaring us a “model district” that other health care organizations should emulate. Acknowledging our leadership, the Association of California Healthcare Districts selected us from among 78 health care districts as the 2015 Healthcare District of the Year.