Catherine Donahue and Carl Gerlach Appointed to Health Care District Finance Committee

Jul 2, 2021 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

The Sonoma Valley Health Care District board announced the appointment of Catherine Donahue and Carl Gerlach to the Board’s Finance Committee. Both are Sonoma Valley residents.

Donahue brings considerable financial operations experience to the committee as a CPA who has spent much of her career holding senior management positions with several multinational corporations including McKesson Corporation, a leader in health services and pharmaceuticals. She also has served as controller for several large corporations.

Gerlach has more than 40 years’ experience in healthcare, both in senior management and as a consultant to large and small hospitals. He has held CEO or CFO positions at several hospitals in Northern California, including serving as the CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital from 2007 to 2010 where he was involved in passing the $35 million bond financing extensive upgrades to the hospital to meet seismic standards.

“The addition of these two highly experienced professionals adds to the expertise of the Finance Committee in providing insight and advice to the Board on hospital financial matters,” said Bill Boerum, Sonoma Valley Health Care District board member, who serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee reports to the Board of Directors and oversees management of finances to ensure that the hospital is financially sustainable. Boerum said the Board looks to the Finance Committee to ask questions, provide analysis, track projects over time, review the month-to-month financials and help plan the annual budget.

Sonoma Valley Hospital

Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) is a full-service acute care district hospital located in the city of Sonoma, California, providing compassionate expert care to the 42,000 residents of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District. The Hospital has 24 acute care beds and maintains a 27-bed Skilled Nursing Facility. SVH is the sole provider of acute inpatient care in the Sonoma Valley and offers a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient services with an ICU, surgical services and outpatient clinical testing and treatment. In 2018, the Hospital announced an affiliation with UCSF Health to better serve the community.