Need a doctor? If you live on the Central Coast, prepare to be
When Monterey resident Kate Guidi tried to schedule her first
appointment with a doctor in town, the receptionist told her it
would be an eight-week wait. She opted, instead, to wait two
weeks for a nurse practitioner. Her story isn’t
uncommon. But there are efforts underway to right the
A local hospital has received a new accreditation for critical
brain injury and stroke specialty programs that help patients
regain many of the skills lost from brain damage.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula received its
three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities International, a nonprofit
organization. The designation applies to the hospital’s Inpatient
Rehabilitation Unit, which now provides care for neurological
conditions as well as rehabilitation for other injuries and
illnesses. (Monterey Herald)
In a county where two Hospitals rank among its largest employers,
there’s a steady demand for registered nurses – and for training
the next generation. The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing
at Monterey Peninsula College is a joint effort between the
community college and Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula
meant to provide a nursing program students can easily
access. (Monterey County Weekly)
A $105.8-million donation to Montage Health, the local nonprofit
parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula,
was announced Tuesday during an event at Monterey Conference
Next to a hospital bed at the Community Hospital of the Monterey
Peninsula, Vivian Sarubbi plucks a 32-string harp, filling the
air with soft, soothing harmony. It’s hard to say for how long,
because the sound seems to stop time. (Monterey County
Decades ago doctors made house calls, bringing medical care to
patients who couldn’t make it to the clinic.
Now Montage Health, the nonprofit parent company of the
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, is
bringing free medical care to those with no homes, as well as
those with poor access to health care, in Monterey County.
(Monterey County Now)
About two years ago, Troy Fink, 48, weighed about 270 pounds, was
lethargic and newly diagnosed as a Type II diabetic.
“The first thing my doctor said was ‘don’t eat flour or sugar and
go see Dana,’” said Fink. What he learned and put into practice
changed his life and his health for the better. (Monterey
Grocery shopping has never struck me as a challenge, but going to
Save Mart under the tutelage of a dietician changes things.
Suddenly every aisle becomes a minefield.
I recently joined a group of a half-dozen participants for a tour
of the cavernous Sand City grocery store, led by Tess Warwick, a
registered dietitian at Community Hospital of the Monterey
Peninsula, where we met in the seemingly innocuous wine aisle.
(Monterey County Now)
It is unusual for the leaders of two distinct health care systems
to speak with one voice and to shake hands on a partnership that
will transform the way our community thinks about health care.
The rarity of the agreement between Montage Health (parent
organization of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula) and
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is not what
makes it significant, though. The importance of the collaboration
is best measured by the impact it will have on families
throughout Monterey County. (Monterey Herald)
A husband and wife pair of emergency room doctors at the
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula said they’re
seeing a trend: patient after patient is coming into
the emergency room looking for a fix.
“I can’t accept this for my community, so we decided not to,”
CHOMP emergency room doctor Reb Close said. (KSBW8)
Hospital Council, participating hospitals, the shelter provider,
elected officials, and community leaders celebrated the opening
of the first Medical Respite Center (MRC) in Monterey County on
May 24, 2016. The MRC is a public/private partnership between
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Natividad Medical
Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Community
Homeless Solutions, and Hospital Council.
Dr. Steven Packer has served as President/CEO of Community
Hospital Foundation and its related corporations since January
1999. He previously served as Chief of Staff at Community
Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and was Medical Director of
Community Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit from 1988-1999. He is a
graduate of UCSF School of Medicine, where he also completed
Internal Medicine training. A pulmonary and critical care
fellowship followed at UC Irvine. He completed the Stanford
Executive Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in
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