Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH)
Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH) is a network of private, core safety net hospitals in California that care for a disproportionate share of low-income, medically vulnerable patients. Despite increased need for services, declining revenues and a host of other challenges, PEACH hospitals remain dedicated to their mission of providing choice and access to high quality, culturally appropriate, and cost-effective health care services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.
Our member hospitals are located in key regions 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 hospitals have served their diverse communities for more than 100 years. Our members’ health care professionals communicate in nearly 30 different languages and are culturally experienced and dedicated to serving patients with diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Our hospitals strive to meet their entire communities’ needs through innovative practices 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, cancer treatment centers, comprehensive psychiatric, pediatric, maternal health, and long-term care, among many others.
Community safety net hospitals are a vital part of California’s health care safety net, serving hundreds of thousands of California’s most medically vulnerable every year. On average about 70 percent (and in some cases more than 90 percent) of the patients they care for rely on government programs to help cover the cost of their care. PEACH hospitals also serve significant and increasing numbers of uninsured patients.
Incorporated in 1994, PEACH is committed to preserving private safety net hospitals through the advocacy of public policy at the local, state and federal level.