Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH)

Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH) is the statewide association representing California’s core community safety net hospitals that care for a disproportionate share of low-income, medically vulnerable patients.

PEACH hospitals are dedicated to their mission of providing choice and access to high-value, culturally appropriate health care services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Community safety net hospitals are a vital part of California’s health care safety net — providing an average of 87 percent of their care to low-income, Medi-Cal and Medicare patients.

Our members are major employers and economic engines in their regions, and are located in parts of the state where large numbers of immigrant and minority populations live, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, Inland Empire and Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. Some of our hospitals have served their diverse communities for more than 100 years. Our hospitals’ health care professionals communicate in nearly 30 different languages, and have deep ties to their diverse communities.

Our hospitals strive to meet their communities’ whole-person needs through innovative community partnerships and medical teaching programs, as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient services including emergency care, trauma centers, neonatal intensive care units, comprehensive cardiac and vascular care centers, stroke centers, cancer treatment centers, comprehensive psychiatric, pediatric, maternal health, long-term care, and palliative care, among many others.

Incorporated in 1994, PEACH is committed to advancing local, state and federal policies and collaborations that ensure California’s community safety net hospitals can best serve and improve the health of their communities.