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Current funding initiatives

Breast care funds

Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need

The Carol Hatton Fund provides financial assistance for advanced breast care diagnostics. It is named for Carol Hatton, a Community Hospital employee who was instrumental in raising money for breast care until her death from cancer in 2009. 

Sherry Cockle Fund for screening mammograms

The Sherry Cockle Fund provides free screening mammograms to women who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Funding is provided through grants from the Peter Ueberroth Family Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Safeway Foundation, and individual donors. The fund is named for Ueberroth’s longtime assistant, Sherry Cockle, who died of cancer in 1987.

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Continue the fight against breast cancer by getting a mammogram or contributing to a fund for those who can’t afford one. Click on the ribbons above to donate or to make an appointment.


If you have questions about contributing, please contact the Development office at (831) 658-3630.

Community wellness and health programs

Need: $1 million

Improving the health of the community starts outside the walls of Community Hospital, requiring continued development and investment in wellness and health programs. To that end, Community Hospital is committed to providing educational outreach and support programs, including free classes, lectures, disease management education, and low cost exercise sessions for area residents.

Comprehensive Cancer Center

Need: $5.5 million 

More than 700 new cancer patients are seen at Community Hospital each year. On average in California, nearly 80 percent of all new cancer cases will be found among adults over 50 years of age. With an aging population in our region, Community Hospital must continue to provide the most current treatment technologies including radiation therapy, as well as extensive support programs, all designed to treat the whole person, not just the disease.

Philanthropic support is critical for all phases of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship support. In 2015, plans call for the acquisition of a new linear accelerator to replace older models in our Radiation Oncology department. We also plan to continue our survivorship series, navigation programs, and support groups and classes, which are not covered by insurance but are vital to healing.

Diabetes programs

Need: $5 million

Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of 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 Community Hospital has invested considerable resources into diabetes education and care, in inpatient and outpatient settings. Community Hospital earned advanced certification for inpatient diabetes care from the Joint Commission, recognizing that we have the practices and protocols in place to treat and teach those with diabetes or at risk. Philanthropic support will enable us to preserve and build on these efforts that are fundamental to a healthy community.

Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing

The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing (MCCSN) is a model public-private partnership between Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Meeting the region’s need for skilled nurses, MCCSN plays an important and integral role in the healthcare of our community.

Maurine Church Coburn School of NursingMaurine Church Coburn School of Nursing

The bond between MPC and Community Hospital began with a partnership that led to the nursing school's  founding. Today, Community Hospital continues to provides operating funds and staff to support the school. The school offers unparalleled opportunities for students to learn in real-world settings, interface directly with physicians and patients, develop close relationships with their colleagues, and hone their skills through hands-on experiences.

The didactic portion of the program includes in-service educational opportunities at the hospital along with outstanding resources (like a state-of-the-art simulation lab on the MPC campus) providing a distinctive and rich educational experience. In fact, nearly 95 percent of the graduating student body passed the licensing exam on their first try in 2012.

We are proud of our enduring relationship with MPC and the more than 1,200 nurses who have graduated. We invite the community to join us in support of this important program.  

Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing Alumni Newsletter

Winter 2014 Issue 1

Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) 

Need: $3 million

About half of Community Hospital’s patients are 65 or older and the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) provides principles and tools to care for our population that’s aging. NICHE increases awareness of and training around geriatric issues, improving staff competence in geriatric care, and supports protocols specific to geriatric patients.

Palliative Medicine Service

Need: $3 million

Palliative care is a medical specialty for people with life-limiting chronic disease, focused on providing relief from
the symptoms, pain, and distress of illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, working with them to set treatment plans and goals, and a roadmap for end-of-life care.

Community Hospital has provided inpatient palliative care for a decade, but in 2013, the approach was redesigned, with a dedicated interdisciplinary team including a medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, pharmacist, social worker, and chaplain. Other staff members are involved as needed, including discharge planners, physical therapists, and clinical dietitians. Need for this service is growing quickly, reaching up to 850 in 2014. Palliative care is not reimbursable through government or private insurance companies, so philanthropic support is critical to sustaining and growing this service.

Physician Recruitment and Retention

Need: $20 million 

Shortages of primary care doctors and specialists hinder access to care for residents of Monterey County. Recruiting and retaining physicians to stem those shortages is a key component of Community Hospital’s strategic plan and its efforts to improve the health of the entire community.

Funding enables the hospital to continue to actively recruit physicians and to provide incentives to retain those who might otherwise leave the community or medical practice.

Stroke Program

  • Community Hospital launched an initiative to improve stroke care and increase public awareness of risk factors, signs and symptoms, and steps to take in the event of a stroke emergency.
  • For our efforts, we were the first hospital in Monterey County to achieve accreditation by the Joint Commission for a Primary Stroke Program. Certified hospitals have teams  specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes.
  • While accreditation is a milestone for the hospital, our stroke program still has much to achieve in terms of public education and community awareness. 

Find out more about our Primary Stroke Program.

The more people know, the more lives can be saved.

The life you save through support of educational programming of Community Hospital could be your own. Educational programs are not funded by insurance companies.

Tyler Heart Institute

Need: $2 Million

One in four people will have a heart-related problem in their lifetime and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. With almost half of our patients over the age of 65, Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) plays a critical role in the health of our community through the work of its renowned open-heart surgery team and its prevention and rehabilitation programs. Now in its seventh year, THI is committed to maintaining its high level of excellence. 

Support of THI would enable the hospital to purchase the latest technology in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. Advances in our dedicated electrophysiology lab would provide a more accurate and easier-to-read display of intracardiac mapping data, leading to a more accurate and faster analysis of the rhythm disturbances in need of treatment. Funding would continue to benefit our prevention efforts, including the annual Every Beat Counts Heart Health Fair, and provide increased access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout Monterey and San Benito counties.

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