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Effects of Stress on the Body

By: Coach Jenny Early, submitted on behalf of the SoHum Health’s Community Wellness dept. With a new year upon us there is much to celebrate but it can also be overwhelming.  Between juggling the regular workload, the never ending stack…

Know Your Lemons

1 out of 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer can start long before a tumor is big enough to feel. Not having any breast lumps doesn’t rule out cancers that are too…

Activity Director for Elderly ‘Looking for Sparks’

By Keith Easthouse, reporting for The Humboldt Independent When it comes to patients with dementia, Joe Rial makes it a practice to “speak [to them] as a peer.” “It’s not something they’ve always had,” he pointed out. “It’s something that…

Summer River Safety

Like the Nile, the Eel River is one of few rivers in the northern hemisphere that flows from south to north. The Eel and its tributaries form the third largest watershed entirely in California, one of six rivers that flow…

Courtyard ribbon-cutting

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson Approaching Garberville’s hospital campus nestled in the residential backstreets there is a sense of community neighborliness. Visitors to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital or the Southern Humboldt Community Clinic can now enjoy…

Itching for fun?

Spring and Summer are an exciting time for outdoor enthusiasts in California. Hitting the trails and breaking in that new pair of hiking boots is exhilarating, and there is no shortage of outdoor fun to be had. Everyone should get…

The people we serve – part 2

This is the second of two columns featuring comments by people who have used our District’s services. Read part 1 here. Hospital rehab services “Thank God for this place” says Johnny Jennings about Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. After several days…

The people we serve – part 1

This is the first of two posts featuring comments by people who have used our District’s services. Spectrum of care Hal Lepoff:  “I never expected to be diagnosed with an incurable cancer (Chronic lymphocytic leukemia or CLL).  It’s something that…

Local hospital history

The early days Local lore tells of doctors delivering care in our area in the early 1900’s on horseback or via horse and buggy, and there was apparently a small hospital near the north end of Garberville in that era.…

Rural Healthcare Q&A

Healthcare is a complex issue. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. Urgent care versus ER Question: Why not just have an Urgent Care Center instead of an ER? Answer: Urgent care clinics provide clinic services to drop-ins, with…