West Contra Costa Healthcare District is a public agency formed under the State of California Local Healthcare District Law. The District encompasses most of West County, from Kensington in the south to just over the border of Crockett.

Formed by the residents of West County in 1948, the District was created for the purpose of building Brookside Hospital. The District operated as a hospital district until 1994 when California Healthcare Law broadened the District’s oversight to include healthcare issues for all of West County. Since then, the District has operated as a healthcare district working to maintain and improve the quality of healthcare in West County.

The Board of Directors was the only publicly elected body in West County charged solely with overseeing healthcare in our community. The five-member board was elected from at-large throughout the District to represent the people of West County.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will govern the District (WCCHD) as per the passing of Senate Bill 522

Time Line

  • The West Contra Costa Healthcare  District (“District”) operated Brookside from its opening in 1954 until 1997.
  • In 1997 the District affiliated with Tenet Health Systems to operate Brookside Hospital. Tenet renamed the hospital Doctors Medical Center San Pablo/Pinole.
  • On August 1, 2004, the District assumed operations of Doctors Medical Center.
  • Doctors Medical Center was owned and operated by the District.
  • Doctors Medical Center closed on 4/21/2015.
  • The District declared Bankruptcy October 2016, Plan of Adjustment approved January 2018 and exited Bankruptcy June 2021.
  • The property at 2000 Vale Road was sold by the District on 4/3/2018.
  • Senate Bill 522 passed and signed by Governor Brown, September 2018 changing governance of WCCHD
  • Effective January 1, 2019, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors governs the District.