After nine overdoses in the past nine days, local law enforcement
officials, health care providers and partners are calling for
community help in mitigating the resurgence of the opioid crisis
in Monterey County.
The county Health Department reported 29 opioid-related deaths in
2019 as of Sept. 29, a sharp spike from the nine fatalities in
2018 and seven in 2017. That number doesn’t include the overdose
death of a 16-year-old girl in Seaside on
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
California-based for-profit company Halsen Healthcare Group
announced Monday it has completed its purchase of the Watsonville
The purchase follows the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust’s
decision in August not to purchase the hospital from its previous
owner, Quorum Health. Halsen Healthcare purchased the hospital
for $30 million. (Northbaybusinessjournal.com)
Mee Memorial has announced it will be opening a new
clinic in Greenfield in September 7. The new clinic will
offer services that include primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics
and gynecology, podiatry and lab services, with radiology to be
added in the coming months. (KION)
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 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.
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