Published on November 24, 2020

Groundbreaking for Ohana facility a celebration of expansion of mental health services

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Montage Health celebrated the start of construction on Ohana, its new facility for innovative child and adolescent behavioral health in Ryan Ranch in Monterey on Monday, November 23, 2020. A small and socially distanced ceremony (due to COVID-19) marked the next stage in the expansion of services. Bertie Bialek Elliott, Ohana’s founding donor, was among those who donned blue hard hats and shovels.

In 2018, Elliott wanted to do something transformational in the place she calls home. And she did — donating $105.8 million to Montage Health Foundation, the largest gift ever in Monterey County and one of the most significant philanthropic commitments in healthcare nationwide.  Elliott chose the name Ohana, a Hawaiian word that, roughly translated, means family, but in a much broader sense — friends who are like family, neighbors, the community. “Young people that are facing emotional and mental challenges – they can’t do it alone. Families can’t do it alone,” said Elliott. “Even the wonderful staff can’t do it alone. It takes a community – and that’s why I suggested Ohana. And I’m so happy and proud to be part of this bigger effort.”

Anticipated to open in spring 2023, the 55,600 square-foot facility will include an outpatient treatment wing, 16 inpatient beds, rooms for one-on-one and family counseling, indoor and outdoor recreational and quiet spaces, a kitchen and dining area, a family resource center, space for community activities, classrooms for inpatient youth, and space for training and workshops. “We’ve been working consistently and every day to build Ohana since the unprecedented and remarkable donation in January 2018,” said Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO of Montage Health. “Helping it reach its potential takes a lot of people – from the families who need help to the professionals who will provide it to the people who are partnering with us, and, finally, to Bertie Bialek Elliott, and her unprecedented generosity.”

Ohana’s programs will reach well beyond the mental health facility, and multiple programs have already begun, including:

  • Evaluating and treating more than 500 children and young people
  • Building a team that now includes 3 child psychiatrists, 8 therapists, 3 family care managers, 1 psychiatric nurse practitioner, 1 clinical director, and 1 director of operations
  • Launching services that include:
  • Family care management that connects parents seeking care with appropriate community or Ohana services; calls from worried parents are returned in 1 business day
  • Diagnostic evaluations with an Ohana child psychiatrist or nurse practitioner
  • Evidence-based individual and group therapy for most common childhood psychiatric problems
  • Individual and group programs for parents

Additional programs and services will be added as the new facility is built. See additional information on Ohana’s fact sheet.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO, Montage Health, Bertie Bialek Elliott, Ohana founding donor, Dr. Susan Swick, physician-in-chief, Ohana, and Rich Dallam, managing partner, NBBJ architecture firm. See video of speeches.



Montage Health is the nonprofit parent company of a family of organizations dedicated to improving lives by delivering exceptional care and inspiring the pursuit of optimal health. Through its subsidiaries and its partnerships with doctors and other clinicians, healthcare and community organizations, and, most importantly community members, Montage Health is dedicated to care that is coordinated across all care settings to meet each person’s goals and needs. Montage Health’s family of companies includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Montage Medical Group, Montage Health Foundation, Montage Wellness Center, Aspire Health Plan, MoGo Urgent Care, and Community Health Innovations.