Watsonville Community Hospital Measure N

In 2022 our community rallied together and local leaders secured special state legislation to save Watsonville Community Hospital from being closed down, but the facility itself is old and must be upgraded to improve healthcare in our community.

Measure N is a $116 million general obligation (G.O.) bond program intended to renovate Watsonville Community Hospital and improve services to our community. If approved by voters, Measure N would allow the hospital to modernize and expand our facility and improve emergency care and other
healthcare services.

In addition, the hospital spends $3 million every year in lease payments to a third-party owner, based in Alabama. Measure N would allow our community to purchase the hospital building and land, through the locally-controlled, accountable Pajaro Valley Health Care District. This would bring the $3 million per year back to our community, to be spent on supporting nurses, doctors, and patient care.

Here’s how we can invest in our future:

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Expanding and renovating the emergency room, nearly doubling its size, to provide better emergency care and meet the growing needs of our community
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Upgrading imaging systems including X-rays, MRI, and CT scanners
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Purchasing the Watsonville Community Hospital property to save $3 million per year in rent payments, which could then be used for doctors, nurses and enhancing healthcare services
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Repairing or replacing several aged building systems, such as plumbing; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and replacing the aging roof
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Modernizing the healthcare facility to provide additional services, so patients don’t have to travel to other hospitals to get the care they need

Fiscal accountability:

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All funds could only be used to upgrade and improve our local hospital and access to local healthcare
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No funds could be taken by the state
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Independent citizen oversight and public spending disclosures are required
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The tax rate per property is estimated to be $24 per $100,000 of annual assessed valuation or approximately $2 a month. (It is important not to confuse assessed valuation with market value. Assessed valuations are the value placed on property by the County and are almost always lower than market values)

For More Information:
Visit pvhcd.org or email us at [email protected]