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Our Community & Medical Center

Our Community

Sonoma County has some of the most pleasant weather you can imagine, and offers all the best features of Northern California — scenic coastline and beaches, the mystical Russian River, and magical redwood forests. Sonoma County is also the home of farm-to-table dining, many diverse festivals, fantastic farmers markets, scrumptious restaurants, and of course over 425 wineries!

Santa Rosa, with a population of nearly 180,000, is the county seat of Sonoma County and the largest city in the North Bay. Santa Rosa was recently ranked as fourth of the ten California cities listed in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of “Best Places to Live,” and is an ideal location to cultivate work-life balance. Local attractions include Annadel State Park, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, and the world-class Green Music Center.

While most physicians live in Santa Rosa, you can live in quite a wide variety of settings within a 20 minute radius of Santa Rosa, including Sebastopol, Windsor, Kenwood, and the hip town of Petaluma. College town neighborhoods in Santa Rosa’s “JC (Junior College) area” or Rohnert Park (home to Sonoma State University) are popular, as well as beautiful rural settings in “west county” such as Forestville.

Residents with Families

If you have children, Santa Rosa has a number of top-rated public and private schools to choose from, one of the best community colleges in the country, and nearby Sonoma State University. There are great parks and activities for children. Among the most popular is Howarth Park, with play structures, a train, carousel, and pony rides. A plethora of activities are offered through the city’s Recreation & Parks department, and don’t miss ice skating at the famous Snoopy’s Home Ice rink!

Read about Santa Rosa attractions, schools, major employers, performing arts, and more:
Dave’s Travel Corner
Sonoma County Connections
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Getting Here

Santa Rosa is conveniently located 55 miles or one hour due north of San Francisco on US-101. You can fly directly into Sonoma County’s Charles M. Shultz Airport in north Santa Rosa from Seattle, Portland, LA, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas on Alaska Airlines or Allegiant Air. Santa Rosa is an hour and a half drive from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports.

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center consists of a 173-bed hospital and four medical office buildings. A new three-story medical office building in Southwest Santa Rosa is currently under construction and scheduled to open in April 2018. As the largest healthcare provider in Sonoma County, we provide care to over over 166,000 members.

The hospital has 173 adult patient beds and 7 pediatric beds. A newly renovated labor & delivery floor has 24 labor and delivery rooms and 2 delivery operating rooms to accommodate over 2,000 annual births (up to 200 per month). The ICU has 20 beds and there are 34 emergency department bays.

The Family Medicine residency is the first residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center. Family Medicine residents from Sutter Regional Hospital also have regularly scheduled rotations at our facility. Medical students from UCSF, Touro, and from across the country rotate through our facility regularly as well.

Our Patient Population

At Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, our patient population reflects the demographics of our community. With approximately 10-15% Medicare, 10-12% Medicaid, and 10-25% ACA patients, residents will have the opportunity to care for a socioeconomically diverse patient population. The largest ethnic minority in our patient population is Latino, accounting for a growing portion of patient membership ; many of the staff (MA, RN) in our Family Medicine Center are bilingual/bicultural Spanish-speaking. Over 29 languages are spoken regularly at our medical center; other more represented ethnic and racial minorities in our patient population include African American, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian. 24-hour phone translation is available to help physicians care for patients speaking a multitude of languages.

As a fully integrated healthcare system, our Santa Rosa campus includes:

  • Primary Care
  • Specialty Care
  • Hospital services including, emergency, critical care, medical/surgical, pediatrics, labor and delivery, perioperative services, and interventional radiology.
  • Primary Stroke Center
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Rehabilitation services including physical, speech and occupational therapy
  • Laboratory
  • X-ray and Imaging
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Education

Patient Advisory Councils

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa is proud to be a leader in patient and family centered care. Our first patient advisory council was established in 2005, and we have expanded to a total of eight separate councils at the medical center. Our family medicine patient advisory council started in 2013. This council partners with physicians and managers to address challenges and issues that arise within our department. Our advisory council assists with anything from campus beautification projects, to interviewing physicians applying for employment. We look forward to continuing to team with our advisory councils to improve the overall patient experience at the medical center.

Kaiser Foundation hospital in Santa Rosa has been recognized nationally as a top hospital

  • Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence: Santa Rosa was also recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals.
  • Women’s Choice Awards for Breast Care, Stroke Care, and Obstetrics
  • North Bay Community Philanthropy Award winner
  • Medicare 5-star rating for health plan
  • California’s Office of the Patient Advocate’s highest rating
  • Leapfrog Patients Safety Score of A
  • Nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ Care by Human Rights Campaign’s Health Equity Index (HEI)
  • NCQA 5-star rating
  • Voted one of the North Bay “Best Places to Work” for 11 consecutive years.
  • Voted one of the North Bay “Healthiest Companies
  • Voted “Best Health Care” in the North Bay
  • La Clinica Suite 130 honored with Latino Business Leadership Award
  • Get with Guidelines, Gold Plus Honor Role Certified Stroke Center
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Accredited Breast Care Center

Our Community Partners

Petaluma Health Center


Situated 40 miles north of San Francisco in Petaluma, the Petaluma Health Center (PHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary care, dental care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and the surrounding areas of Sonoma County. PHC includes a high performing wellness and prevention-minded community health center, a homeless clinic, school-based clinics, and other safety net programs.

PHC is committed to providing comprehensive, integrative care, with the goal of improving the health of everyone in our community, particularly those who cannot otherwise afford excellent health care. PHC is widely recognized for its innovative approach to healthcare and has been on the leading edge of team-based care since 2007, emphasizing overall wellness and the value of the patient/provider relationship. At PHC, patients are encouraged to take control of their health and wellness by establishing a trusting relationship with their integrated health care team.

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and Petaluma Health Center have partnered to offer residents a robust Community Medicine experience. Residents are engaged in community health from day one, through a longitudinal experience at Petaluma Health Center, seeing patients once every 4-6 weeks throughout their entire three years. Residents will also have two 2-week blocks dedicated to Community Medicine as first and third years. The strong curriculum in community medicine, population health, public health, advocacy for justice in healthcare and other social determinants of health provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to lead sustainable positive community change.

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