Physician Recruitment and Retention
Many people in Monterey County have trouble finding a doctor or getting an appointment to see one. Philanthropic support enables us to be competitive in recruiting the highest-quality physicians and specialists to our region. Our community expects and deserves the best care and it is our intent to continue exceeding those expectations.
With plans to continue recruiting primary care physicians and specialists, a new, state-of-the-art outpatient care center is needed. A new facility will help us meet patient needs and attract and keep top physicians. We envision a 60,000-square-foot facility, providing multidisciplinary care in Ryan Ranch, to serve our patients from throughout the region.
The complexity and number of cases seen in Community Hospital’s busy Emergency department requires access to high-quality specialists. The fund for emergency care supports continuous access to highly trained physicians from 18 unique specialties, on-call 24 hours a day/seven days a week for those in need.
Care for the Older Patient
With 50 percent of our patients over the age of 65, specialized care for our aging population is needed. Funding of care for the older patient supports:
- Nurses Improving Care for Health Systems Elders (NICHE), a training and certification program for nurses
- Outpatient stroke rehabilitation services and support groups
- The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
- The cancer survivorship program
Palliative Medicine Service
Our comprehensive palliative care program provides a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to our patients with chronic, life-limiting illnesses. Recognizing the importance of palliative care to our community, the program is expanding to include outpatient services. Support of the palliative medicine fund can make a meaningful difference for hundreds of people annually.
Tyler Heart Institute
Heart disease is the number one killer in Monterey County, making it imperative for Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute to invest in the most advanced technology. Tyler Heart Institute partners with an impressive team of cardiovascular specialists with expertise in prevention, coronary intervention, electrophysiology, and surgery.
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Community Hospital is committed to providing the most current treatment technologies, including radiation therapy, as well as extensive support programs, to treat the whole person and their family, not just the disease. More people are living with cancer, making navigation programs, support groups, classes, and our cancer survivorship series ever more important. None of these services are covered by insurance, but are vital to healing.
Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputation, and blindness among adults. From 2008–10, nearly 15 percent of all deaths in Monterey County were related to diabetes. Research shows that diabetes may be prevented, delayed, or reversed, or its long-term consequences mitigated with effective education and self-management. That’s why Montage Health continues to invest in diabetes education and care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We are part of a unique countywide collaboration focused on diabetes screening, education, and treatment.
A new women and family health institute would consolidate and enhance our existing programs. The institute would more seamlessly integrate the comprehensive services offered in multiple locations.
We will continue our efforts to improve the care of expectant mothers and newborns by:
- Partnering with Stanford Children’s Health to continue providing a full-time perinatologist in our community
- Partnering with UCSF/Benioff Children’s Hospital to support full-time neonatology staffing of our nursery
- Developing a full-time, in-house obstetric hospitalist program to support safe and immediate labor and delivery care 24/7
- Renovation and upgrading of the Family Birth Center, including new fetal monitoring equipment and updated furniture and fixtures. Additionally, the institute would provide prenatal consultation and breastfeeding support.
- Philanthropic support of the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center enables the center to offer 3D mammography and sponsored care for those who need but can’t afford diagnostic services.
Philanthropic support of women’s health is essential to providing ongoing educational opportunities. These include Women’s Forum for Health, our bone density lecture series, and anxiety and mood management classes. For children and young adults, philanthropy supports Kids Eat Right, Griefbusters, behavioral health classes, training for teens to address physical and emotional needs, and other programs.
Innovative Clinical Practices and Technologies
Seed money enables Community Hospital to fund new clinical technologies and practices. One example is bar-code medication administration, now used throughout the hospital, ensuring the right dose, at the right time, to the right patient. This fund enables us to collaborate with other entities in our region to improve the population’s health, invest in care managers at physician practices, and advance our adoption of Toyota’s Lean manufacturing practice.
Community Hospital endeavors to expand clinical trials in the Tyler Heart Institute, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, as well as hire a clinical trial administrator. Philanthropy will support these efforts.
Community Wellness and Health Programs
Improving the health of the community starts outside the walls of Community Hospital, requiring continued development and investment in wellness and health programs. We are committed to providing outreach and support programs, including free classes, lectures, and disease management education, and low-cost exercise sessions for area residents.