The California Health Care District Law

In 1945, the California Legislature passed the Local Hospital District Law upon which 79 health care districts were established in the State of California and it reads as follows:

32000 This division shall be known and may be cited as “The Local Health Care District Law.” Any reference in any statute to the Local Hospital District Law shall be deemed a reference to the Local Health Care District Law, and any reference in any statute to a hospital district shall be deemed to be a reference to a health care district. Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 696, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1995. 

32000.1 For purposes of this division, both of the following shall apply: a. Any reference to “hospital district” or “district” shall mean “health care district,” and any reference to “hospital administrator” or “administrator” shall mean “chief executive officer.” b. “Health care facility” shall mean a health facility as defined in Section 1250 and a clinic as defined in Section 1204. Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 35, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996. 

32001 A local hospital district may be organized, incorporated and managed, as provided in this division and may exercise the powers herein granted or necessarily implied. Such a district may include incorporated or unincorporated territory, or both, or territory in any one or more counties. The territory comprising this district need not be contiguous but the territory of a municipal corporation shall not be divided; provided, that land either in a municipal corporation or in unincorporated territory which the supervising authority finds will not be benefited shall not be included.

The District Reorganization Act of 1965

Twenty years later, the Legislature passed the District Reorganization Act of 1965 which further framed the role of health care districts: