The Soledad Community Health Care District (SCHCD) was founded in 1948, it was known as the Soledad Community Hospital District. It became clear over time that building a hospital was not feasible. Nonetheless, there was a continuing need for medical care, so efforts were redirected toward the establishment of a medical clinic and skilled nursing facility. The Soledad Medical Clinic first opened its doors in 1989 as an outpatient family medicine and rural health clinic. Eden Valley Care Center, a skilled nursing facility on our 2 1/2 acre campus, opened in 1993. The Women's Health Center arrived and began operations in the summer of 2020. Ultrasound, Perinatal Education, Breast Exams, Cervical Cancer Screenings and much more are now available at our Women's Health Center.
SERVING A GROWING POPULATION
Soledad is the fastest growing community in Monterey County. Compared to the more urban areas of Monterey County, Soledad has a statistically lower average household income, a larger family size, a larger percentage of minorities, and our population is primarily employed in agriculture.
During the next five years the city’s population growth is expected to continue growing rapidly. As the community grows, so does the health care needs. Identifying and meeting the needs of the Soledad community is our first priority, thus the Soledad Rural Health Clinic seeks to expand programs and services to serve the growing local demand.
The population of Soledad at recent census was just under 23,000. The clinic is accessed by a population that includes the surrounding communities and rural areas in south Monterey Count. This adds an additional 30,000 people to the area that seeks our Medical Clinic services.