Published on April 30, 2019

Auxiliary purchases 72 user-friendly wheelchairs for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Wheelchairs designed especially for hospital use have been purchased for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula by the Auxiliary, the longest-serving volunteer group of Montage Health.

The 72 chairs will be used for patients and visitors and were purchased with a gift of $225,000 from the Auxiliary, raised from sales in the hospital’s Comforts Gift Shop, Fountain Court Café, and membership dues.

The wheelchairs were created by Michael Graves, an architect and product designer better known for furniture and household products. Graves began focusing on healthcare after he spent three years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers following a serious illness. He was challenged and frustrated by the equipment they used, so he began working with Stryker Corp., a medical technology company, developing products that follow universal design principals to be attractive and usable by the greatest number of people. The wheelchair’s features include:

  • Armrests that support patients as they stand or sit or swivel back and completely out of the way for those who need assistance getting out of the chair
  • Footrests that are spring-loaded and automatically fold when there is no weight on them, so they are out of the way without having to be completely removed
  • Brakes engaged and released by foot pedals
  • Seats and backrests covered in a washable vinyl
  • Handles that are ergonomically designed and positioned to make pushing more comfortable

“The new chairs will be a great benefit to our patients and visitors,” says Security Director Ken Gordon, who oversees the hospital’s patient transporters. “One of the services that volunteers often provide is pushing the wheelchairs of patients who are being discharged, so they will see firsthand the difference this gift makes.”


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and Montage Wellness Center. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula