Petaluma prides itself on being a tight community with a strong sense of identity. It’s only fitting, then, that the city’s health care provider would be a smaller, service-focused institution. Petaluma Valley Hospital is just that. The 80-bed acute and critical care hospital is a trusted source of transitional care and outpatient services in the community. PVH also offers a 24-hour emergency department, medical and surgical services, critical care, a day surgery center and a family birthing center. The hospital’s commitment to family care is evidenced by their ranking as the highest among Sonoma County hospitals in breastfeeding rates with mothers of newborns. The results shine brightly upon the PVH Family Birth Center, which is a Level 1 facility. Doctors and nurses emphasize a holistic approach to the birthing process, focused on providing family-centered birth experiences for low-risk deliveries. The birthing center delivers an average of 45 babies each month. Another focus at PVH is cardiac care. Patients having a heart attack receive treatment to unblock coronary arteries within 26 minutes, which is eight minutes faster than the national standard. Petaluma Valley Hospital is a member of St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County, providing patients with access to the Norma and Evert Person Heart Institute should they need a higher level of care. Another health care resource for Petaluma residents is the Petaluma Health Center, a primary medical care and mental health services provider. Patients at the PHC have access to eight certified physicians, one OB/GYN, one dentist, one psychologist, two nutritionists and other health care professionals. The center treats an average of 4,400 patients per month. Whether you have a medical emergency or simply need to get your teeth cleaned, Petaluma’s health care community is equipped to meet your needs.