Recently I had the opportunity to meet with members of the administrative staff, medical staff, hospital staff and Board of Directors of the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital in Garberville, California. Garberville is a very charming small town with a main street with restored shop fronts and restaurants. The staff of the hospital obviously cares deeply about providing high quality medical care in this community. I was in town to talk to the Board of Directors about the advantages of working together with other small and district hospitals through membership in a Joint Powers Authority with 4 small district hospitals in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties (including Mendocino Coast District Hospital). By working together, we anticipate cost savings, shared services and opportunities available to us through combining our bed sizes and our resources. I am hopeful that Southern Humboldt Community Hospital will join us too. In these days and in this economic climate, one important strategy for survival is strength through numbers and by working together.