During this challenging phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s
important to publicly acknowledge the tremendous partnership
between the Santa Cruz County Public Health Division and our area
hospitals. Dignity Health Dominican Hospital and Watsonville
Community Hospital have both played vital roles in continuing the
provide quality care to our community and are stepping up again
even as they strain under the worst days of
A Salinas hospital received an early holiday gift on December 11
— an ultra-cold freezer that could store the Pzifer COVID-19
Freezers that can maintain ultra-cold temperatures like the minus
94 degrees Fahrenheit needed for the vaccine are in short supply,
so the hospital got a loan from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as
reported by KPIX. (SFGate.com)
In the Monterey Bay area, hospitals are strong drivers in the
local economy, deliver high quality patient care, provide safety
net services to residents in need, improve community health
outcomes, and serve as a vital element in the region’s emergency
Here is a sampling of partnerships, programs and services
designed to deliver quality patient care, increase access to
primary care services, and improve health outcomes in Monterey
County, San Benito County and Santa Cruz County.
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.
Prescribe Safe is meant to guide, educate, and provide resources
for our local physicians and patients in the safe use of
prescription medications and promote safe and effective pain
management in Monterey County.
CHPAC acts as your partner at the Capitol. Critical actions
affecting the quality of health care for all Californians makes
your participation more important than ever. As a member of
CHPAC, your voice is joined with thousands of others ensuring
issues critical to your hospital’s mission are heard in
Sacramento and Washington, DC.
Jo joined the Hospital Council as Regional Vice President for the
South Bay region in 2010. She previously served
as Local Government Relations Manager at Lucile Packard
Children’s Hospital for six years. In addition, she spent five
years as the Senior Legislative Aide for the Vice Mayor of the
City of San Jose. She has 20 years of experience in government
relations with a focus on state and local issues.
Jo serves on several healthcare and non-healthcare boards and
committees throughout the region. She convenes meetings with
member hospitals, elected officials, government agencies, and
community partners with the goal of improving lives in our
community. The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Jo’s
accomplishments with a Women of Influence award in 2013.
Jo received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Public
Administration from San Jose State University. She also completed
the Executive Leadership Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of
Management. Jo and her husband reside in Morgan Hill with their
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