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)
Salinas husband and father Jose Serrano, 55, didn’t pay much attention when his doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes in 2017. He didn’t feel any symptoms so he ignored the warning. He kept drinking three sodas a day, eating tortillas and enjoying sugary treats.
Then last September the warning bells started loudly ringing when chest pains landed him in the hospital. (Monterey County Weekly)
It’s a step in a new direction for the health of Salinas residents now that the Blue Zones Project is officially coming to town.
The project is a national health initiative based on the health habits of people in the world’s “Blue Zones,” those areas where people live longer than average with good quality of life. (Monterey County Weekly)
Natividad hospital officially marked the start of what they are calling the largest capital project since the $116 million hospital was built in the late 1990s, an $18.37 million radiology department modernization that they say will offer “state-of-the-art” technology for the county-owned hospital. (Monterey Herald)
The Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH) Women’s Center opened five years ago this December, with the goal of combining modern technology and comfort. In 2019, the Women’s Center is expected to begin digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening and bring aboard a new pediatric hospitalist group, to advance the women’s healthcare services. (Benito Link)
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.
Hospitals in Monterey County have adopted Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing Guidelines for use by physicians in their emergency departments to help curb the availability and abuse of prescription drugs. The guidelines were developed in partnership with community providers, fire chiefs, law enforcement, public health department and other community stakeholders. The Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing flyer is attached and available in English and Spanish.
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