Soledad Community Health Care District staff and board members gather with city officials and others during the Sept. 9 gala to celebrate the 75-year milestone for the District. (Contributed)

SOLEDAD — Soledad Community Health Care District (SCHCD) recently celebrated 75 years of healthcare in Soledad and the surrounding areas.

With the theme “An Evening Under the Stars,” SCHCD hosted a gala on Sept. 9 in Rosie’s Garden at Eden Valley Care Center featuring a night of fun, music, dinner, dance, silent auction and more. The special event marked the 75-year milestone for the District. 

“To be able to celebrate 75 years is something not many health districts can accomplish, and we are so proud to be a staple in this community,” said CEO Ida Lopez Chan. “But what I get to boast about is the top-notch level of care that we offer our community, and it warms my heart to know our patients and their families trust us with all their healthcare needs — that speaks volumes.”

Proceeds from the gala benefited the Soledad Community Health Care District Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Chan gave special thanks to the event’s Star Sponsor, Red Fox Consulting Inc., for its generous contribution.

Earlier this year, SCHCD celebrated the launch of this year-long celebration at the Soledad Historical Society. The theme was “Past, Present, Future” as a way to honor the District’s founding pioneers and show how it has evolved.

When Covid-19 first appeared in 2020, the Soledad Community Health Care District was the only facility in Soledad offering testing and vaccinations. The District also brought vaccine clinics to Soledad, Gonzales and King City.

“We were ready to assist our own community as well as surrounding communities,” according to Chan.

She added that the District’s goal is to “continue to support patients and provide the best health care for the growing community.” In addition, SCHCD will continue to provide specialty services, such as mammography, food insecurity programs and postpartum wellness groups.

“As we celebrate the District’s 75th anniversary, it is important that we recognize the previous board members, CEOs, Foundation trustees, providers and staff that have allowed the District to expand its ability to provide excellent care from birth on,” said SCHCD Board President Graig Stephens. “We also acknowledge the significant contributions of our current providers and staff to meet the District’s mission vowing to provide quality health care for South Monterey County.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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