Published on March 31, 2021

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula opens new, larger Carol Hatton Breast Care Center


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is opening the new Carol Hatton Breast Care Center in Ryan Ranch, Monterey on Monday, April 5. The new center provides double the space of the current site, advanced technology, and expert staff to offer community members the best in breast care. The original center was located on Cass Street in Monterey. A small, socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Wednesday morning, March 31, to celebrate the occasion.

The new center, located at 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Building C, Monterey, is approximately 10,000 square feet and features:

  • Two rooms dedicated to 3D mammography, which combines multiple images into highly detailed images for preventive screening
  • A room for diagnostic and 3D mammography, for visits prompted by a breast concern such as a lump or pain
  • A room for interventional and 3D mammography, where targeted biopsies are done
  • Two rooms for automated breast ultrasound, used in addition to mammography, to improve images when breast tissue is dense. One room has additional equipment for diagnostic automated ultrasound, for increased imaging after a screening detects a potential issue
  • Two rooms for hand-held ultrasound, for diagnostic and interventional exams and procedures, including needle-guided biopsies
  • Two rooms for bone-density scanning, to determine the risk for osteoporosis

The center occupies half the space in its new building. Montage Health, Community Hospital’s parent company, continues to assess the best uses for the other half of the building.

“We’re pleased to open the new Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, building on the reputation for excellence and compassionate care developed since the original center opened nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Montage Health.

While the center features advanced technology, it is was also designed as a calming environment, with outdoor areas, extensive natural light, and specially selected art. The center primarily features works of art that reference the natural world, ranging from traditional scenic landscapes to abstract territories of the mind.

Two new works were made just for the Center: Gail Wight’s “Pacific Falls” in the entry stairwell, and poet Danusha Laméris’s “Let Rain be Rain” in the waiting lobby. Both artists pay tribute to the restorative cycles of nature and conjure visions of landscapes that also renew the heart. The art, like all the art in Montage Health’s collection, was donated or purchased with funds donated to Montage Health Foundation specifically to support a healing environment.

The center is named after Carol Hatton, a former development officer for Community Hospital, who helped spearhead fundraising for breast care until her death from breast cancer in 2009. The center extends her commitment to ensuring access for breast care to everyone who needs it. Her husband, David Hatton, was among the special guests at the ribbon-cutting.



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 (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula