A new mobile clinic will soon roll out providing free healthcare
on wheels for medically underserved communities in Monterey
The 30-foot traveling healthcare clinic owned and operated by
Salinas Valley Memorial hospital has two exam rooms, a waiting
area, and a working lab. It’ll serve some of the most needy in
the community who often have barriers to vital healthcare.
While opioid misuse continues to be a big problem in many
different parts of the country, the Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and other Monterey County providers
see the benefits of care collaboration efforts paying off in
a big way. (Healthcareitnews.com)
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)
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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