A game changer in cardiac care, TAVR will soon be offered at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, the first hospital in Monterey County to make it available.
More than half of the adults in Monterey County have prediabetes or diabetes, a figure so alarming that a unique coalition, Monterey-Salinas Healthcare Collaborative’s Diabetes Initiative, was formed to attack the problem from a united front.
With obesity affecting 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States, the Monterey-Salinas Healthcare Collaborative’s Diabetes Initiative committed to early intervention through a pediatric-wellness coaching program.
"It’s the first time I feel confident I will never have to worry about my weight again. I know what to do, and I have the resources to help me do it." - Janeen Tuitupou, patient
Not so long ago, being diagnosed with certain types of cancer meant a long and difficult treatment with an uncertain outcome. Now, advances in genetic testing and targeted therapies are making some cancer treatments more effective.
Dr. Daniel Luba has specialized in the digestive tract for three decades. But his passion in recent years has taken him into genetics and cancer, specifically encouraging people to use one to stop the other. Four years ago, the Monterey gastroenterologist started Project DNA, a nonprofit organization to educate the public and doctors about screening for inherited cancers.
After a small nodule on her lung turned out to be cancer, Sally Dodge began to worry about her family tree.
Dr. Reb Close, Dr. Casey Grover, and their colleagues in the Emergency department at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula were seeing an alarming increase in patients returning again and again for pain medications or, worse, arriving after an overdose.
The staff of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is well-educated, expertly trained, and battle-tested. But saying goodbye to patient Wenxu Chao caught everybody a bit unprepared.
The staff at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula saved her life, but Wenxu awoke in confusion, surrounded by doctors, nurses, and other clinicians who didn’t speak her language, a rare Mandarin dialect.
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