Janet M Kelly
Tri-County Health District motto: “To contribute to the health and well-being of the District’s residents.”
A New Hospital in Kingsburg (1961)
As a girl, I remember when the Kingsburg District Hospital was built. The community was very excited. The existing hospital, The Kingsburg Sanitarium, was outdated and to be frank, as a kid, spooky. The new hospital was modern and airy, and funded by real-estate taxes.
However, small rural hospitals all over America have met the same fate, with many having to close their doors. Lori Sanders, Tri-County Health District Board member explained, “We are fortunate that our facility has been maintained and still able to provide mental health services through Crestwood, who rents the facility.”
As the hospital facility is rented out, what happens to the money collected from the tax revenue? “Before the current hospital was built, there was a property tax added to take a portion of homeowner’s tax dollars to fund the hospital and the upkeep of it in subsequent years. Now that the hospital doesn’t function as a normal hospital, those tax dollars come to the Tri-County Healthcare District,” Lori continued.
Folks… Kingsburg is in good hands.
With Tri-County Health Care granting over three and a half million dollars in three years, how that money is spent should be a concern for Kingsburg area residents. I can rest assure everyone, that money is in good hands.
I recently had an opportunity to attend a board meeting of the Tri-County Healthcare District. The board members were clearly dedicated to serving Kingsburg. These were four take-aways from that meeting:
- Report by “All for Youth,” an organization providing mental health services for Kingsburg School District youth ages zero through 22 years of age. They provide a variety of services. At the end of the report, the board asked “Do you have all you need? How can we help?”
- Report from After Hours Urgent Care, a 24-7 walk-in clinic housed in the Kingsburg District Hospital Building where folks can get care. The Valley Healthcare Team, led by Marti Shirley, was concerned with getting information about the clinic to the entire Kingsburg Community. The board asked, “Do you have all you need? How can we help?”
- Report from Fire-Chief Neil Perkins. He explained how the funds they received from Tri-County Healthcare District had been used: a new ambulance, a specialized gurney, Life Pack Emergency kits, two specialized radios, Tough-Books computers. He explained that in the future there would be a Community Risk Reduction training and equipment to help with emergency medical situations in Kingsburg. The board’s reaction? “Do you have all you need? How can we help?”
- Finally, there was board discussion on the best ways to help the public propose grants that support Kingsburg health and safety. They wanted to be supportive and welcoming… creating an atmosphere of welcome. The board was concerned that the residents of the Health Care District would have all they needed. After all, the District covers portions of Kings, Fresno, and Tulare Counties… 32 square miles including the entire town of Traver and the acreage in-between. Despite the broad responsibilities the District has to juggle, their priority is always… “How can we help?”
What kind of help has Tri-County Healthcare District Provided for Kingsburg?
Few Kingsburg residents realize where many upgrades in our community originate. A broad spectrum of projects is funded by Tri-County Healthcare District through grant proposals.
- The Crandell Swim Complex remodel
- Two water bottle filling stations in Downtown Kingsburg
- Two ambulances (2017 and 2021)
- Shade Covers in several local schools
- The newly resurfaced track at KHS
Tri-County has been funding projects since 2017.
2021 Grant Season
- Herb Knight Community Center Community Center Funding
- Kingsburg Joint Union High School Track Resurface
- Missionary Supply Lines DBA “The Landing” Funding for Life Coaching of Mental Health Issues
- Clay Joint Elementary Playground Equipment and Shade Cover
- Kingsburg Girls’ Softball League Indoor Recreation Center Improvements
- City of Kingsburg Fire Department Partial Start-up Costs for Personnel for Paramedic Ambulance
- Kingsburg Lions Club Funding for Youth Football
- Rafer Johnson Junior High School Shade Structure for Quad Area
2020 Grant Season
- Kingsburg Join Union High School District Vape Detectors & Water Bottle Filling Station
- Safe Harbor Homes and Services Therapeutic Greenhouse & Coop Program for special needs adult
- Kingsburg Fire Department New Ambulance
- Kingsburg Fire Department Public Access AED/Community CPR Program
- Kingsburg Fire Department Ambulance Equipment Program
- Mission Supply Line DBA “The Landing” Life Coaching
2019 Grant Season
The Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District was happy to award grants for the 2019 Grant Season to the following recipients:
- Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District Shade Structure at Lincoln Elementary School
- Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District Shade Structure at Reagan Elementary
- Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District Pickleball Nets at Rafer Johnson Junior High
- Missionary Supply Lines DBA “The Landing” Funding of Life Coaching for Mental Health
- Clay Joint Elementary School District Water Bottle Filling Station
- City of Kingsburg Crandell Swim Complex Project
- KYBA (Kingsburg Youth Baseball Association) Hank Hashfield Baseball Field
The money we pay for Tri-Country Health Care District is responsibly handled and has the sole purpose of benefitting Kingsburg’s residents. We know who they are and why they exist because of their focus and motto, “To contribute to the health and well-being of the District’s residents.”Plus, they have the attitude and actions of citizens focusing on “How Can We Help?”
- To get information about or apply for a grant visit Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District (kthd.org)
- To get youth mental-health help from All for Youth contact Homepage | All 4 Youth (fcoe.org) or contact the Kingsburg School District Offices
- For After Hours Urgent Care go to
- 1250 Smith Street Kingsburg
- (559) 326-5335 (No appointment needed)
- Monday – Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- See full page ad in this newspaper issue