An expanded Monterey County pilot health care program has
launched for local residents ineligible for government-backed
coverage because they are in the country illegally.
On Wednesday, Communities Organized for Relational Power in
Action (COPA), the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and
Building Healthy Communities will be joined by Supervisor Jane
Parker and county Health Department director Elsa Jimenez and
others at the event designed to mark the program’s kick-off and
explain its benefits. (Monterey Herald)
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.
The Board of Supervisors gave a unanimous thumbs-up Tuesday to a
pilot project that promises to deliver expanded health care
services to uninsured and undocumented residents of Monterey
The board voted 5-0 to invest $500,000 into the as yet unnamed
project. Health officials said the program could begin in
October. But supervisors asked for more specifics about client
eligibility, contracts and lists of services before the program
kicks off. (Salinas Californian)
Natividad Medical Center’s emergency department was bustling
about noon on Wednesday, treating three trauma patients during
the Monterey County-owned hospital’s second week of operating as
the area’s first Level II trauma center.
It wasn’t quite as busy as last weekend when the emergency
department took in six trauma patients during one 24-hour period.
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