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One of the three mental health workers slain Friday in Yountville was 26 weeks pregnant and about to celebrate her first wedding anniversary.
In an effort to save $1.85 million, the Health Services department has proposed cuts to a bevy of mental health and substance abuse programs operated by nonprofits. It could force some to close.
The combat veteran who killed three mental health workers at a program where he'd been a resident was an infantryman who served in Afghanistan. The victims, all women, were professionals dedicated to treating troubled veterans.
The director of the county’s behavioral health division is being replaced after months of wrangling over staff and service cuts in his division.
Karen Milman’s departure is the second high-profile administrative shakeup in county health service department.
Sonoma County slipped two spots in the annual ranking of health in California. Where you live makes a difference in how well and how long you live.
State public health officials said Thursday that recent testing of shellfish samples in Sonoma County showed no detectable levels of a toxin that has triggered public health warnings against eating sport-harvested shellfish from San Mateo to Marin counties.
‘Whatever happened out there, he didn’t say he was going to shoot anybody,’ said Tyrone Lampkin, brother of gunman Albert Wong, who on Friday killed three veterans home clinicians where he’d lived until recently.
State public health officials have issued warnings against recreational harvesting of mussels, clams and other bivalve shellfish from San Mateo to Marin counties because of potentially lethal levels of a naturally occurring toxin.
Dutton Campus, Santa Rosa Community Health’s newest medical clinic, is equipped for medical, dental and mental health services.
Citing wage reductions and job cuts elsewhere in California, local health care workers will protest Thursday against Kaiser Permanente.
A large group of immigrants and their supporters marched through downtown Santa Rosa on Monday seeking permanent relief for undocumented immigrants.
Dr. Ace Barash, who started his career at Howard Memorial in its emergency department in the early 1980s, will continue to serve as the hospital’s director of inpatient care.
Local mental health collaborative addresses long-term mental health needs of Sonoma County residents affected by North Bay fires.
'It’s emotionally stressful,' said Santa Rosa High senior Kaitlyn Kline, where a threat of violence kept many students home Thursday. 'We’ve watched so many of these shootings and there’s been nothing done about them.'
A onetime influx of $2 million from the state will mean more than 32 jobs in county behavioral health division will be saved, for now.
The District that owns Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol says its toxicology testing operations are proper and well-documented.
Federal immigration enforcement was a key topic for the heads of Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College as they addressed Latino education issues at the Los Cien luncheon.
The owners of Fircrest Convalescent Hospital have opted to close the Sebastopol nursing home after it lost funding to care for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
The Kaiser OB-GYN is accused of prescribing a drug that induces miscarriages in an effort to conceal the affair with the patient from his then-wife.
The ongoing emotional and psychological plight of residents was the focus of the forum.
Anthem Blue Cross claims it’s due reimbursement of more than $13.5 million in payments for toxicology testing services.
The Lakeport nephrologist is accused of forcefully kissing and pulling up the shirt of woman in his office.
A first-of-its-kind report breaks down the causes of premature death by city and region.
Four suspects have been arrested in a pair of home-invasion shootings early Thursday on Santa Rosa’s outskirts that killed one man and left another injured.