Our Vision

To empower individuals to live longer, healthier lives through the use of information, relationships, and technology.

Our Mission

To provide high quality local medical services, to engage community members with education, activities and lifestyle opportunities which promote optimal health, and to assist our patients in navigating access to services throughout the health system.


  • Caring: We bring warmth and professionalism to all aspects of patient care.
  • Quality: We are committed to our patients, to our services, and to enriching the communities of Southern Humboldt.
  • Teamwork: We prioritize working together within our hospital as well as the larger community and healthcare network.
  • Positivity:  We believe in supporting an environment where healthy attitudes and respect fuel our culture.

Dating back to 1949, healthcare services have been available at the current site of SHCHD in Garberville, California. SHCHD currently includes: 1) Jerold Phelps Community Hospital with its attached skilled nursing unit; Southern Humboldt Community Clinic, a certified rural health clinic; and the Family Resource Center. Our service area is approximately 775 square miles and includes the communities of Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Garberville, Harris, Honeydew, Miranda, Meyers Flat, Leggett, Petrolia, Phillipsville, Piercy, Redcrest, Redway, Shelter Cover, Weott, Whitethorn, and Zenia. This service area has a population of about 10,365 full-time residents that can grow to over 30,000 during summer months. With strong community support, including a supplemental property tax, SHCHD continues its work to assure quality healthcare for residents and visitors alike.

The hospital received Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation status in March 2002, helping position SHCHD for a more sustainable future.

Direct services include an acute care hospital, 24/7 emergency room, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mammography, x-ray, home health/visiting nurse program, swing-bed, visiting specialists, skilled nursing, and a rural health clinic and Family Resource Center.