Redding Rancheria opened its doors today for a (very impressive) pre-opening tour of its new Trinity Health Center in Weaverville.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone on the tour came away impressed with the beautiful facility, the very thoughtful approach to providing health care, and the breadth of new health care services that will soon be available here in Trinity County.

The new 18,000 sqft facility cost $12.5 million… and it shows.  The attention to detail is simply amazing.  It not only speaks highly of the architects and designers but of the leadership team that involved staff at every level in the planning of this gem.  To put things in perspective, I was more impressed with the well-thought-out approach to this facility than I was with my previous visits to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, and the new V.A. facility in Redding.

Redding Rancheria’s Trinity Health Center is a place you would actually enjoy spending time in. The facility includes a very welcoming lobby, board room, meeting room (available for public use with appointment), indoor therapy pool, exercise room, dental facility, labs, imaging, spacious patient-care rooms, and much more.

Of course, health care is more about the services provided than the attractiveness of the facility. Here is a brief summary of what I took away from our conversation with Glen Hayward, Director of Health Services.

This facility will be open for tours next week and open for patient services the following Monday, April 4th.

The Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System was established in 1991. They are a modern ambulatory health system offering high-quality health care to the under-served population of the western two-thirds of Shasta County and all of Trinity County. While their focus is on the care of under-served populations, their doors will be open to all.  Services include:

  • Family Practice
  • Urgent Care
  • Dental
  • Behavioral Health
  • Diabetic
  • Nutrition Instruction
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recovery (chemical dependency)
  • X-Ray

The mission of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System is to develop and provide responsive, cost-effective, high-quality health care services that meet the needs of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Members and other Native American Indians and the underserved population residing in our service area. They are committed to excellent care, a compassionate, respectful attitude, and full involvement of the patient and family in health care decisions.

Redding Rancheria’s focus is very much on the long-term health of the communities they serve – including a keen understanding of the value of preventative health care.  Glen Hayward spoke of a 7-generation approach saying, “we think about how what we do today will benefit our grandchildren’s grandchildren.”  You can use this link to learn more about Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System.

One example of careful thought and planning is that teams (doctors, nurses, assistants, technicians) all work together in pods. This approach breaks down potential barriers to communication and coordination… leading to better, faster decisions and improved care for patients. This is a group that clearly values the input of everyone involved and that focuses on the long-term health and welfare of the communities they serve.

The Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System operates a 33,000 sqft facility in Redding now and has plans for a 168,000 sqft Health Village.  This link will take you to a virtual “fly-through” of the planned Health Village.

It’s great to see such strong and thoughtful leadership.

With your support, I hope to bring a similar leadership approach to the representation of District 1 on the Trinity County Board of Supervisors.

Ric Leutwyler